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Football League Round-Up: Cardiff clinch promotion but Bristol City, Portsmouth and Hartlepool all relegated

Football League Round-Up: Cardiff clinch promotion but Bristol City, Portsmouth and Hartlepool all relegated

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The Bluebirds secured their place in the top flight with a draw against Charlton but defeat to Birmingham saw the Robins drop down to League One, among other casualties

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
RESULTS IN FULL
Barnsley
Blackburn
Blackpool
Bristol City
Cardiff
Ipswich
Leeds
Leicester
Middlesbrough
Millwall
Peterborough
Wolves
1-1
1-0
0-0
0-1
0-0
3-0
1-0
3-2
1-0
1-0
0-0
1-0
Derby
Huddersfield
Sheff Wed
Birmingham
Charlton
Crystal Palace
Burnley
Bolton
Nottm Forest
Watford
Brighton
Hull

Cardiff City's 0-0 draw with Charlton confirmed their promotion to the Premier League with three games to spare, sparking mass celebrations after years of near-misses.

While the Bluebirds can now push for the Championship title, Hull City still have work to do to return to the top flight following a 1-0 defeat to Wolves. Kevin Doyle gave Dean Saunders' side the points, while Millwall dealt Watford's promotion hopes a similar blow, clinching the win through a late Shaun Batt strike.

Elsewhere, Bristol City's demotion to League One was confirmed with a slender defeat to Birmingham City, an early goal from Wade Elliot condemning the Robins to relegation. Huddersfield fell into the bottom three after their loss at Blackburn while Leicester City won the game of the evening, coming from behind to clinch a 3-2 win thanks to a winner from Jeffrey Schlupp on a night of few goals in the second tier.

LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
RESULTS IN FULL
Bury
Colchester
Oldham
Sheff Utd
Swindon
2-1
0-2
1-0
2-2
4-1
Scunthorpe
MK Dons
Yeovil
Brentford
Crewe

Portsmouth and Hartlepool will be playing League Two football next season after Oldham's 1-0 win over Yeovil confirmed the pair's relegation and boosted the Latics' survival hopes, home manager Lee Johnson overcoming dad Gary's team thanks to a Matt Smith goal on the stroke of half-time.

Swindon Town cemented their grip on the final play-off spot, an Adam Rooney double helping them to a 4-1 win over Crewe.

Sheffield United are one team guaranteed to be in the play-offs at the end of the season but they could not secure successive wins under the stewardship of caretaker boss Chris Morgan as an 89th-minute strike from Bradley Wright-Philips enabled fellow promotion hopefuls Brentford to take a point from Bramall Lane.

LEAGUE TWO RESULTS
RESULTS IN FULL
Aldershot
Bradford
Chesterfield
Torquay
Wycombe
0-2
0-2
1-2
3-2
0-0

Southend
Rotherham
Plymouth
Barnet
Northampton

Bradford City's chances of securing automatic promotion were ended as they lost 2-0 to third-placed Rotherham at Valley Parade, Lee Frecklington and Kieran Agard netting to give the Millers the points.

Aldershot's relegation was all but confirmed with a home loss to Southend but Torquay leapfrogged Barnet with a 3-2 win to move out of the drop-zone and bolster their hopes of maintaining their Football League status.

Meanwhile, Plymouth will almost certainly be playing in League Two next term after goals from Joe Bryan and Curtis Nelson away at Chesterfield moved them four points clear of the danger area with two games to play.

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