Sheffield Wednesday claim final Championship play-off spot

Round-up: David McGoldrick, Stephen Quinn and Shane Duffy all on target

 David McGoldrick opened the scoring for Ipswich Town in their 3-2 Championship win over  Milton Keynes Dons at Portman Road. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

David McGoldrick opened the scoring for Ipswich Town in their 3-2 Championship win over Milton Keynes Dons at Portman Road. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

 

Championship round-up: Sheffield Wednesday clinched the final play-off place in the Sky Bet Championship with a 3-0 victory at home to nearest rivals Cardiff.

The Bluebirds needed to win at Hillsborough to stay in the hunt for a top-six finish but Gary Hooper’s second-half double and Lee Peltier’s own goal ensured a comfortable afternoon for Wednesday.

Hull were already assured of a play-off place but they slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at relegated Bolton.

Substitute Stephen Dobbie fired home a cross from Lawrie Wilson to give League One-bound Wanderers a first home triumph in 15 matches and only their fifth win of the campaign.

Charlton restored some pride despite relegation with a shock 2-1 win at Elland Road which did nothing to improve Steve Evans’s hopes of continuing as Leeds manager next season.

Johann Gudmundsson gave the Addicks the lead late in the first half and Ademola Lookman doubled their advantage four minutes after the break to condemn Leeds to a first defeat in five matches despite Sol Bamba’s header giving them hope.

Brentford raced out of the blocks as two goals inside the first seven minutes set them on their way to a 3-0 victory at home to west London rivals Fulham.

Sam Saunders and Scott Hogan gave the Bees a dream start and Hogan added a third late in the first half as Fulham slipped to a third defeat in four games.

Ipswich ended their seven-match run without a win after Luke Varney’s 90th-minute strike finally clinched a 3-2 victory against battling MK Dons at Portman Road.

The visitors are already down but Alex Revell netted two equalisers to cancel out goals from Republic of Ireland forward David McGoldrick and Brett Pitman before Varney finally ended their resistance, heading in debutant Myles Kenlock’s cross.

Jonathan Kodjia took his goal tally for the season to 20 with a brace as Bristol City thrashed Huddersfield 4-0, with Joe Bryan and the impressive Lee Tomlin also on the scoresheet.

Preston secured their first win in six attempts thanks to a stoppage-time effort from Dan Johnson in a 2-1 win at Reading.

Jermaine Beckford had given Preston a deserved lead early in the second half but Ireland midfielder Stephen Quinn equalised for Reading with four minutes left, only for Johnson to strike with a low drive in the dying moments.

Republic of Ireland centre back Shane Duffy’s early header clinched a 1-0 win for Blackburn and ended Rotherham’s 11-match unbeaten run while a superb free-kick from on-loan Aston Villa man Gary Gardner denied Wolves victory at Nottingham Forest after Joe Mason’s equally impressive 58th-minute strike had given Kenny Jackett’s side the lead.

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