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11 April 2016

Our weekly round-up of games involving City's loan players

JOSH Murphy's MK Dons fell to a damaging 4-0 defeat at home to Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship, further increasing the likelihood of relegation.

The home side went behind in the first minute to Matt Derbyshire's strike, before Leon Best converted from the penalty-spot to give Rotherham a two-goal lead at the break.

They inflicted further punishment in the second period when Kirk Broadfoot and Richard Smallwood netted, firmly putting the game beyond doubt. 

The Dons are now nine points away from safety, partly due to an incredible upturn in form for United since the appointment of Neil Warnock as manager.

Michael Turner completed the full match in Sheffield Wednesday's 4-1 defeat away to one-time strugglers Bristol City.

The hosts held a 3-0 lead at the interval before extending the advantage through a Jonathan Kodija penalty, with an own-goal from City goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell providing scant consolation.

Despite the result, nearest challenger's Cardiff City's loss at Fulham means Wednesday still look in good shape to make the top six, holding a five point advantage over their Welsh counterparts.

One team less likely to make the play-offs is Birmingham City, who went into their game at Reading off the back of a run of five games without a win.

Their fortunes improved courtesy of a 2-0 victory, with Kyle Lafferty playing 72 minutes for the visitors as early goals from Clayton Donaldson and Ryan Shotton secured Gary Rowett's side all three points.

Birmingham have a game in hand on Sheffield Wednesday, but still sit nine points behind the Owls with themselves having just six games left to play.

Meanwhile, Coventry City continued to slide down the Sky Bet League One table as they went down 1-0 at promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic, with Jacob Murphy featuring as a 63rd minute substitute.

Will Grigg's goal just before the hour-mark settled the contest, meaning Coventry have now won just three times this calendar year as they dropped to 13th.

James Maddison missed out on the matchday squad for City whose campaign having come grinding to a halt over recent months.

Another side who have struggled of late are Swindon Town, with a 1-0 defeat at Bradford City ensuring their winless run stretched to eight games.

Louis Thompson played 90 minutes in a game settled by Billy Clarke's first half goal, leaving Town six points above the relegation places as the season nears its conclusion. 

In more definitive trouble are Doncaster Rovers, with goalkeeper Remi Matthews forced off with injury after 37 minutes of their match at Bury.

Matthews had kept a clean sheet up until that point, but Bury secured a 1-0 success 13 minutes from time through Leon Clarke, leaving Doncaster eight points from safety.

Southend United have fared better generally, but were held to a 2-2 draw by Fleetwood Town thanks to Conor McLaughlin's 90th minute equaliser.

United had come from behind to lead through goals from Adam Barrett and Jack Payne, only for the late drama to probably bring an end to their faint hopes of a late play-off push.

Striker Jamar Loza was an unused substitute for Southend, while fellow Academy player Harry Toffolo missed out on the matchday squad as Peterborough United lost 2-1 at home to Rochdale. 

In the Vanarama National League, Cameron Norman came on just before half-time during Woking's 1-1 draw with Gateshead.

The Cards have not won since January having once threatened a play-off tilt, but can find consolation in being safe from the prospect of relegation.

A tier further down, goalkeeper Ben Killip kept a clean sheet as Lowestoft Town drew 0-0 at home to Curzon Ashton in the Vanarama National League North. 

In Scotland, Carlton Morris played 69 minutes as Hamilton Academical secured their first home win in six months with a 2-1 success over Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.

First half goals from Ali Crawford and Jesus Garcia Tena put Accies in control, ahead of Gary Harkins pulling a goal back for the visitors in the second period.

Conor McGrandles remains sidelined with a broken leg, and missed Falkirk's 3-2 win over St Mirren in the Scottish Championship.

Finally, Ricky van Wolfswinkel featured as a second half substitute during Real Betis' narrow 1-0 victory over Levante in Spain's La Liga.

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