Swansea’s hopes of achieving automatic promotion to the Premier League took another massive dent as they lost their fourth straight game in a row during a run in which they have failed to score a single goal.
The Swans hosted Preston on Easter Monday and went down 1-0 after former Swansea winger Scott Sinclair’s shot deflected in off Matt Grimes in injury time leaving the Welsh club 10 points off second-placed Watford who were held 1-1 at Middlesbrough.
Barnsley are fifth after Daryl Dike scored a double to beat Luton 2-1. Bournemouth, meanwhile, remain a point off the play-offs after winning 2-0 at Blackburn courtesy of goals from Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld. Reading in sixth, beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby 3-1 leaving the Rams eight points clear of the drop zone.
Wycome gave themselves hope of achieving the great escape, beating relegation rivals Rotherham away from home. Gareth Ainsworth’s men are now just two points behind the Millers.
Elsewhere, strugglers Coventry eased their own bottom three fears with a 3-1 victory over Bristol City, Nottingham Forest defeated QPR by the same scoreline while Millwall beat Stoke 2-1. Sheffield Wednesday host Cardiff on Monday evening while top of the table Norwich welcome Huddersfield to Carrow Road on Tuesday night.
In League One, Hull City moved three points clear at the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Northampton as second-placed Peterborough were held at home by third-placed Sunderland.
The Tigers earned their victory thanks to goals from Callum Elder, Keane Lewis-Potter and Gavin Whyte, while at London Road, Aiden McGeady netted in the 81st minute to cancel out Siriki Dembele’s goal for the hosts.
Portsmouth beat struggling Wigan 1-0 and Blackpool hammered Gillingham 4-1 to solidfy their places in the play-off spots.
Down the other end, bottom club Rochdale held Ipswich to a goalless draw. Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers defeated Doncaster Rovers 2-1 and, though they remain in the relegation zone, they are now on the same points as Swindon, who are 20th after losing 2-1 at Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink’s Burton. Fleetwood beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0.
Crewe won 2-0 at MK Dons, Plymouth lost 3-0 at Shrewsbury and Accrington Stanley beat Oxford 2-1 to jump above the U’s in midtable.
Bolton slipped out of the League Two automatic promotion places with a 1-0 defeat away at Newport County. Ian Evatt’s side failed to find the net with just two shots from 14 on target as Nicky Maynard grabbed the winner for the hosts.
Wanderers were leapfrogged by Tranmere who drew 1-1 with leaders Cambridge. Cheltenham stay second but could only draw by the same scoreline with bottom club Grimsby. Forest Green’s promotion hopes were harmed with a 2-0 defeat at home to Salford though the club in Gloucester remain only two points off third place.
Strugglers Oldham won 4-1 at Crawley, Harrogate lost at home 2-0 against Port Vale, Colchester and Barrow drew 1-1 as did Stevenage and Bradford and while Leyton Orient’s match with Walsall and Exeter’s clash with Mansfield each ended goalless.