Derby County close in on final Championship playoff spot
Frank Lampard’s side beat 10-man Bristol City and dent their chances
Richard Keogh of Derby County celebrates during the Championship match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
Derby edged closer to sealing the t Championship’s final playoff place with a 2-0 win at 10-man Bristol City.
Frank Lampard’s side kept their noses in front of closest rivals Middlesbrough, who also won, while City’s hopes of a top-six finish were dealt a major blow.
Tom Lawrence’s deflected shot gave Derby a half-time lead and the Robins were reduced to 10 men with half an hour remaining when Antoine Semenyo was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Tom Huddlestone.
Jayden Bogle added Derby’s second with 13 minutes left to keep his side ahead of Middlesbrough on goal difference and with a game in hand.
Boro kept their playoff hopes alive heading into the final fixture next week after beating Reading 2-1 at the Riverside.
Rotherham’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom condemned them to relegation.
Clark Robertson headed Rotherham into the lead early in the second half and it appeared they would head into the final day with hope.
But Jay Rodriguez converted a 77th-minute penalty, after Michael Smith’s foul on Dwight Gayle, and Rekeem Harper fired the Baggies’ winner two minutes later to lift his side to within two points of Leeds, who play Aston Villa at home on Sunday.
Sheffield Wednesday hit back from two goals down to draw 3-3 at Preston after playing the final 10 minutes with 10 men .
Jayden Stockley’s header and Tom Lees’s own goal put Preston 2-0 up at half-time before Barry Bannan reduced the deficit soon after the restart.
Nottingham Forest climbed one place to 10th after winning 1-0 at QPR thanks to Iran striker Karim Ansarifard’s solitary striker 10 minutes into the second period.
QPR striker Nahki Wells’s late penalty was saved by Forest goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
Swansea let slip a 2-0 lead as they were held 2-2 by Hull at the Liberty Stadium.
Millwall clinched a vital point in their bid to stave off relegation by drawing 0-0 at home against Stoke, for whom James McClean hit the crossbar in a lunchtime kick-off at the Den.
The Lions, who have two games left, are four points ahead of Rotherham and cannot be overhauled.
Birmingham were held 1-1 at home by Wigan, who equalised through Nick Powell in first-half stoppage time after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s early opener.
Relegated Bolton’s final home game of the season against Brentford was postponed after their players went on strike in protest at unpaid wages.