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Doncaster relegated in frantic final day

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Doncaster Rovers were condemned to an immediate return to League One, after a late Birmingham City goal ensured their unlikely survival.

Despite being a goal down at champions Leicester City, Rovers were still staying up, especially when Birmingham went two goals down at Bolton. 

But goals from Nikola Zigic and an injury-time header from Paul Caddis ensured Birmingham avoided relegation after a disastrous season. 

The Blues, who just three years ago were League Cup winners, found safety with 44 points, ten points less than Peterborough United gained last season, despite being relegated. 

A David Nugent penalty saw Leicester take all three points to break the 100 point barrier and top off their day, which saw them lift the Championship trophy. 

In the play-off places, things were equally frantic.

Reading took an early lead at home to Burnley, but soon fell behind, and after equalising, went into added-time with a place still in the play-offs.

But a late, late goal by Leonardo Ulloa gave the Seagulls a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest, to clinch sixth spot and a two legged tie against third placed Derby County. 

Elsewhere, Millwall beat Bournemouth to stay in the league, whilst Blackpool's 3-0 home defeat against Charlton had no impact on Blackpool's future.

Blackburn beat Wigan 4-3, but it wasn't enough to see them enter the top six, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough both recorded 4-1 away wins and Derby continued their thirteen game unbeaten streak against Leeds United with a one-all draw. 

The Championship play-off ties will begin this week, with Brighton and Derby doing battle on Thursday and Sunday, whilst Wigan and QPR fight for the other final spot on Friday, and Monday.

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