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20 April 2016

Our review of the midweek fixtures

MK DONS appear destined for relegation from the Sky Bet Championship after their 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.

The Dons find themselves nine points short of safety with three games remaining, having been restricted to a point at Hillsborough despite Ross Wallace's late red card.

Josh Murphy came on as a half-time substitute for the visitors, while Michael Turner was an unused substitute for the Owls who are now close to cementing their play-off place.

Birmingham City's game with Preston North End also finished level, with the Blues seeing a two-goal lead wiped out late on at St Andrew's.

Clayton Donaldson's double had seemingly put Birmingham in control, before Alan Browne's goal on 73 minutes gave Preston hope of salvaging something from the contest.

That would prove to be the case a minute from time when Greg Cunningham fired home late on; striker Kyle Lafferty playing the final quarter-of-an-hour for the hosts.

In Sky Bet League One, Jake Kean and Louis Thompson both completed the full match as Swindon Town drew 1-1 at high-flying Walsall.

Michael Doughty put the Robins in front just before the hour-mark, only for Kieron Morris' striker to see them restricted to a point.

James Maddison featured for the opening 70 minutes as Coventry City edged to a 1-0 home success over Bradford City, with Andy Rose's second half goal settling the contest.

Another win tonight👌🏼had to dig deep at times! Real shift put in by everyone! What about @andyrose_5 always rated your first touch🔥 #worldie

— James Maddison (@Madders10) April 19, 2016
Winger Jacob Murphy was an unused substitute for the Sky Blues who are six points off the play-offs with three games remaining.

One side who are now firmly out of play-off contention are Southend United, with Jamar Loza introduced as a late substitute during their 1-0 home reverse to Oldham Athletic.

Southend only had faint hopes of the top six going into the contest, but Curtis Main's goal midway through the second half rubber-stamped their midtable status.

Further down the table, Remi Matthews' Doncaster Rovers remain in significant trouble following their 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Chesterfield.

Doncaster would have been hoping to narrow an eight-point gap on their opponents, but Gboly Ariyibi's goal cancelled out Tommy Rowe's opener to maintain the distance between the two sides.

Elsewhere, Harry Toffolo missed out on the matchday squad as ten-man Peterborough United were beaten 1-0 at Barnsley, with George Williams striking in the final minute.

Cameron Norman played the majority of Woking's Vanarama National League game against Grimsby Town, but couldn't prevent his side from falling to a 3-1 defeat.

A hat-trick from Grimsby's Padraig Almond proved decisive, with Bruno Andrade's 71st minute goal proving to only be a consolation for the hosts.

A tier further down, goalkeeper Ben Killip featured for Lowestoft Town as they came from behind to secure a potentially crucial 2-1 win over Worcester City in the Vanarama National League North.

The result lifted Lowestoft out of the relegation zone, while also moving them to within three points of 15th played Worcester with a game in hand in the process.

Further afield, substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored the only goal of the game as Real Betis won 1-0 at home to Las Palmas in Spain's La Liga.

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