There was a turning point on the final day of the Ligue 1 season as Oxford United won last place in the play-offs, taking advantage of the slippage from Portsmouth.
Karl Robinson’s men started the day in seventh and realistically needed to win to have any promotion hope. They held their end of the bargain with a 4-0 home win over Burton Albion.
Olamide Shodipo and Matty Taylor struck in the first half, while Elliot Lee and Sam Winnall added some brilliance late to help Oxford finish sixth, completing a remarkable turnaround for a team that was in the zone. relegation as recently as December.
Portsmouth dropped to eighth place after Adam Phillips scored the only goal of the game to earn Accrington a 1-0 win at Fratton Park on a disappointing day for Danny Cowley’s men.
Charlton’s low hopes in the top six depended on results elsewhere, but they still managed to finish on a high with a 1-0 win over champions Hull.
Jacob Greaves crossed his own net under unfortunate circumstances with a quarter of an hour to go as Matt Ingram could only push Liam Millar’s cross onto the defender. It was muted celebrations at the Valley with the victory just enough for a seventh place finish.
The play-off semi-finals, which begin on May 18, see Lincoln take on Sunderland, while Oxford take on Blackpool.
However, the Yellows will be coachless Robinson is in the midst of a four-game ban for clashes in a game at Sunderland in April. He served the first of his four-game ban on Sunday.
Peterborough sealed their promotion alongside Hull earlier this month and they moved out of third place with a sensational 4-1 win at Doncaster.
Mohamed Eisa, Niall Mason, Idris Kanu and Ricky-Jade Jones scored in the first half for Darren Ferguson’s men who claimed a 26th league triumph of the season despite a consolation from Tyreece John-Jules.
Blackpool secured third place with limited home success over already relegated Bristol Rovers with Ellis Simms scoring the only goal in the 75th minute.
Sunderland and Lincoln remained fourth and fifth after low-key home draws against Northampton and AFC Wimbledon respectively.
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The Black Cats looked set for a shock loss until Carl Winchester equalized three minutes from time to cancel Sam Hoskins’ late opening for Town, who will ply their trade in League Two next season.
Wimbledon ensured its survival last weekend and ended the tenure with a stalemate at Lincoln, finishing four points out of the relegation zone.
Rochdale said his farewell to the division with an excellent 3-0 away win over MK Dons following goals from Aaron Morley, Jimmy Keohane and Stephen Humphrys in the second period.
A seven-goal thriller saw Swindon, another relegated team, overtake Wigan with a Scott Twine brace, earning them points on the road.
Hallum Hope and Tyler Smith were also on track for the Robins, who led 3-1 to one leg after a Will Keane brace and Curtis Tilt’s opener for the hosts.
In some of the other rebels, Ipswich ended a frustrating campaign with a 3-1 victory over Fleetwood after James Norwood, Gwion Edwards and Troy Parrott scored in the opening half hour.
The goals were also ahead for Crewe, who beat Shrewsbury in a five-goal encounter after Chris Porter added to Mikael Mandron’s first brace.
Vadaine Oliver scored the only goal for Gillingham who confirmed an end to the first half with their narrow victory over Plymouth with the visitors potentially more worried for Kelland Watts after being forced to leave early due to a head injury and he left the field on a stretcher.