By Ronan Murphy
Chris Hughton's Norwich City saw Swansea City come back to draw 2-2 at Carrow Road, and leave the Canaries just five points above the relegation zone. However, the 53-time Ireland international will be also worrying over the fitness of goalkeeper Mark Bunn after the Irish-eligible stopper was forced off after just a quarter of an hour.
West Bromwich Albion almost came from behind to beat Arsenal, but could not find a second goal against 10-men at the Hawthorns. Per Mertesacker was sent off late on after bringing down Shane Long in the area, but the Irish striker squandered a good chance following James Morrison's successful penalty kick.
Winger Robbie Brady scored the only goal as Hull City beat Middlesbrough, with his second-half free-kick beating Luke Steele to see the Tigers stay on track for automatic promotion. Steele probably could have done more to keep out the chance, with the loss leaving Boro seven points adrift of the playoffs.
Millwall extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-1 away draw against Birmingham City. Goalkeeper David Forde was in fine form once again, while on-loan Sean St Ledger played well in a defensive midfield role. The Irish defender had a good chance late on, but saw his header come back off the crossbar.
Bristol City's chances of staying up were dealt another blow when they lost 3-1 to Burnley on Saturday. Chris McCann scored his first goal since October, scoring a low shot in the second-half to give Burnley the lead.
Yeovil Town climbed to third in the League One table with a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury. Former Bohemians striker Paddy Madden scored his 23rd league goal of the season with the winner for the Glovers. Yeovil are five points behind second-placed Bournemouth, while Madden is four goals clear of Coventry City's Leon Clarke.
Bournemouth defeated Notts County 3-1 to stay just two points behind leaders Doncaster Rovers, but saw Eunan O'Kane forced off injured late in the second-half. Alan Judge missed out on the game through injury for the Magpies, who can no longer qualify for the playoffs.
Chesterfield Town moved to within three points of the playoffs thanks to a 2-0 away victory against Barnet. Jay O'Shea's curling effort gave the visitors the lead just before the hour mark.
Barry Corr received a runners-up medal in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, coming off the bench for Southend United, but he could not help his side overturn a 2-0 defecit against League One side Crewe Alexandra.
Celtic need just one point from their last five games to lift the Scottish Premier League title after beating Hibernian 3-0 on Saturday. Anthony Stokes was impressive up front for the Bhoys, but could not cap his good performance with a goal.
Dundee United scraped into the SPL top six before the split with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen. A last minute strike from Rory Boulding gave the Terrors the victory after Jon Daly had repeatedly tested Dons keeper Jamie Langfield.
Aiden McGeady made a second successive substitute appearance for Spartak Moscow, coming off the bench to replace the injured Jurado after just 11 minutes against Rostov. Spartak suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat against the bottom-half side, with new signing Majeed Waris missing a glorious opportunity from McGeady's second-half cross.
Perth Glory suffered a late defeat in the A-League Playoffs, going down 2-1 in extra-time against Melbourne Victory. Former Ireland international midfielder Liam Miller did well for Perth, but tired in extra-time and was taken off after working tirelessly in search of an equaliser.
Ireland international Darren O'Dea played 90 minutes as Toronto held Dallas to a 2-2 draw at the BMO Field on April 6. The Reds came back from a two-goal deficit and captain O'Dea spurned a chance on 88 minutes.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: David Forde (Millwall)
Defenders: Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Darren O'Dea (Toronto), Sean St Ledger (Millwall)
Midfielders: Robbie Brady (Hull), Chris McCann (Burnley), Liam Miller (Perth), Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield)
Forwards: Paddy Madden (Yeovil), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Shane Long (West Brom)