This weekend’s Top 5 EFL stories – 22nd – 23rd April 2017

Bolton blushes, horrific Huddersfield and all over for Orient

 

Bolton’s bounce back up to Championship on hold

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Bolton beat 10-man Port Vale 2-0 to all but assure their place in the Championship next season.

After David Wheater headed the Trotters in front, the visiting fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate before being confronted by Vale fans, causing ugly scenes. The players were taken off the pitch for 10 minutes before play resumed.

However Fleetwood’s Kyle Dempsey scored in injury time to give his side the win over Gillingham meaning Bolton could not be promoted on the day.

A win for Bolton in their last game against Peterborough would see them automatically promoted.

 

 

Leyton Orient down and out

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Leyton Orients 112 year history in the Football League came to an end on Saturday as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Crewe meaning they are relegated from League 2.

After losing 4-3 on penalties in the League One play-off final, the clubs fortunes spiralled out of control with relegation from the league the season after and a winding up order placed on the club in March.

Last week the club appealed to owner Francesco Becchetti after payments for March had not been given to any of the staff.

With two games to go, Orient are an unassailable 9 points from safety creating a massive hanging cloud over the club with National League football next year.

 

 

Fulham maul Huddersfield

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Huddersfield’s mini fall from grace continued after leaking four goals to play-off chasing Fulham.

Despite going a goal down from the spot after 4 minutes, Fulham came back to go 4-1 up before half time thanks to goals from Scott Malone, Tom Cairney and two from Stefan Johansen.

With the game decided, the score remained the same through to the 90 minutes meaning Fulham have a three-point gap in 6th over Leeds in 7th as they lost 2-1 to Burton.

Huddersfield drop down to 5th meaning one more win would assure them of securing a play-off spot.

 

 

Swindon back down to League Two

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Swindon’s 2-1 loss Scunthorpe means their 3 year stay in the 3rd tier of English football comes to an end.

In each of those previous seasons the club managed to finish inside the top 8, finishing 4th last year, but their unique backroom structure has proved to go against them.

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood was appointed Director of Football in November meaning he would take control of “transfers, the way we play, the formations and the picking of the team”. Manager Luke Williams was kept on in his position, though.

Since then the club only won 7 of their next 31 games and as a result they will be playing League Two football next year.

 

 

Hartlepool drop into bottom 2

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After Newport beat Accrington, Hartlepool’s 2-0 loss to Barnet saw them slip into the bottom two with already-relegated Leyton Orient.

The situation has prompted Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling to appeal to current boss Dave Jones to leave his job in an on-air rant. Stelling is a well-known supporter of the club.

Pools were 19th on 27 points when Jones took charge in January but only managed to pick up 16 since, leaving them second bottom of the league.

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