Oxford 4-0 Burton: Karl Robinson’s men jump in style on Portsmouth’s slip-up to steal the final League One play-off spot in the final day drama and keep their promotion dream alive
- Oxford managed to finish in the League One play-off spots after beating Burton
- Portsmouth slipped on the last day and Oxford took advantage in relentless style
- Olamide Shodipo and Matty Taylor struck in the first half in the four-goal defeat
- Elliot Lee and Sam Winnall then added shine to the second half to seal Oxford’s finish
Oxford took full advantage of Portsmouth’s slip-up to finish in the Sky Bet League One play-offs for the second consecutive season.
A 4-0 win over Burton on the last day of the regular campaign saw Karl Robinson’s side stick to their commitment to win to keep their hopes of promotion alive.
Olamide Shodipo and Matty Taylor struck during the first half and Elliot Lee and Sam Winnall later added shine to help Oxford finish sixth, completing a remarkable turnaround for a side still in the relegation zone in December.
Oxford took full advantage of Portsmouth’s slip-up to finish in the Sky Bet League One playoffs
Portsmouth dropped to eighth after Adam Phillips scored the lone goal of the game and gave Accrington a 1-0 victory at Fratton Park on a disappointing day for Danny Cowley’s men.
Charlton’s vague hopes in the top six depended on results elsewhere, but they were still able to finish on a peak with a 1-0 win over champion Hull.
Jacob Greaves set in unfortunate circumstances with fifteen minutes to go through his own net when Matt Ingram was only able to push Liam Millar’s cross onto the defender. However, they were muted celebrations in the Valley, with the win only enough for a seventh place finish.
Oxford: Stevens, Long (Hanson 66), Moore, Atkinson, Ruffels, Henry (Forde 72), Brannagan, Sykes, Lee (Rodriguez 85), Taylor (Winnall 72), Shodipo (Agyei 66)
Subs not used: Eastwood, Barker
Goals: Shodipo 10, Taylor 28, Lee 57, Winnall 90 + 2
Manager: Karl Robinson
Burton: Barnes, Hamer, Carter, Brayford, Earl, Mancienne, Taylor, Rowe, Powell (Broom 58), Akins (Parker 75), Fondop-Talum (Hemmings 58)
Subs not used: O’Hara, Gallacher
Booked: Carter, Mancienne, Taylor, Gilligan
Manager: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
A 4-0 home win against Burton saw Karl Robinson and his team finish the season in sixth place
Peterborough sealed their promotion alongside Hull earlier this month and they signed off from the third tier with a sensational 4-1 win over Doncaster.
Mohamed Eisa, Niall Mason, Idris Kanu and Ricky-Jade Jones scored in the first half for Darren Ferguson’s men, who took a 26th victory of the season despite a late consolation from Tyreece John-Jules.
Blackpool secured third place with a narrow home game against the already relegated Bristol Rovers. Ellis Simms scored the only goal in the 75th minute and they will face Oxford in the playoffs.
Sunderland and Lincoln remained in fourth and fifth place after low-key draws at home against Northampton and AFC Wimbledon respectively, and will meet at Sincill Bank later in May, before the second leg takes place at the Stadium of Light.
Elliot Lee scored Oxford’s third of the afternoon at Kassam Stadium in the four-goal defeat
The Black Cats looked poised for a shocking defeat until Carl Winchester tied the score three minutes from time to cancel Sam Hoskins’ late opener for Town, who will be playing in League Two next season.
Wimbledon secured survival last weekend and ended the semester with a stalemate at Lincoln, eventually finishing four points ahead of the relegation zone.
Rochdale said goodbye to the division with an outstanding 3-0 win against MK Dons following second half goals from Aaron Morley, Jimmy Keohane and Stephen Humphrys.
In a seven-goal thriller, Swindon, another side downgraded, saw Wigan beat Wigan in a Scott Twine brace, earning the points on the road.
Boss Robinson rallied his players full-time ahead of this month’s playoffs
Hallum Hope and Tyler Smith were also on target for the Robins, who at one point followed a 3-1 deficit after a double from Will Keane and Curtis Tilt’s opener for the hosts.
In some of the other dead rubbers, Ipswich ended a frustrating campaign with a 3-1 win over Fleetwood after James Norwood, Gwion Edwards and Troy Parrott scored in the first half hour.
Goals also went to Crewe, who defeated Shrewsbury in a five-goal encounter after Chris Porter added to Mikael Mandron’s early brace.
Vadaine Oliver took the lone goal over Gillingham, confirming a top half finish with their narrow win over Plymouth, with the visitors possibly more concerned about Kelland Watts after he was forced out early with a head injury and left the field on a stretcher .