Local bragging rights, three points, and a move up to eighth in the table, a point off the Play-Offs, it was almost a perfect weekend for Dean Smith’s side after a goal in each half from Sergi Canos and Florian Jozefzoon settled our West London derby against Queens Park Rangers at Griffin Park. Idrissa Sylla had levelled for The Hoops just before the break but Florian struck his seventh of the campaign with 20 minutes to play to wrap up a vital fourth win in five games.
The B Team returned from their two-game tour to Portugal in good spirits after beating Porto Under-19s 3-2 on Saturday. Following a 1-0 defeat to Braga on Wednesday, goals from Theo Archibald, Reece Cole, and Marcus Forss ensured a winning end to the trip for Kevin O’Connor’s side.
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There were contrasting emotions at either end of the table on Saturday with Wolverhampton Wanderers clinching the title with a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers while Sunderland were relegated to the third tier after a 2-1 defeat at home to Burton Albion.
The Brewers’ victory means they are now just two points from safety with two games to play. Defeats for Barnsley and Reading mean they, like Bolton, remain in trouble but Birmingham City eased their relegation worries with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.
It’s as you were in the battle for promotion after wins for Cardiff City, Fulham, and Aston Villa over the weekend. The Bluebirds remain in the second automatic promotion spot and can go four points clear of Fulham with victory over Derby County tomorrow night. Victory for Neil Warnock’s side would also bring an end to Villa’s hopes to finishing in the top two.
Middlesbrough gave themselves breathing space in fifth with a hard-fought win over The Rams on Saturday evening but behind that it’s anyone’s guess. Millwall are still sixth but just three points covers all the teams down to 11th, including The Bees, in the battle for the Play-Offs.
After 22 years, and 17 major trophies, Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. The French manager took charge at Arsenal in 1996 and led The Gunners to the double in 1998 and 2002 before overseeing the ‘invincibles’ season in 2004. With The Gunners still in the Europe his final game will either come at Huddersfield on 13 May or in the Europa League final three days later.
This year’s FA Cup Final will see Manchester United take on Chelsea after the pair got the better of Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton in this weekend’s Wembley Semi-Finals. Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera saw United past Spurs on Saturday while Chelsea got the better of The Saints yesterday thanks to strikes from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.