5 things we learned from the Football League this weekend


A few more teams have been licking their wounds after suffering relegation on Saturday.

However, the race for promotion to the Premier League remains way too close to call, especially right at the top.

Here Press Association Sport looks at five key talking points after the latest round of Football League fixtures.

Party games

The music is still playing, the watching guests are still cheering, and the participants are nervously circling the prize - welcome to the Sky Bet Championship version of musical chairs. Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton are locked on 87 points each, and with two automatic promotion spots up for grabs, this weekend's results have guaranteed drama all the way to the final day. Only Boro dropped points this time, a goalless draw against Ipswich, which pleased Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy whose "mate" Chris Hughton is leading Brighton's charge. It's heating up at the top but let's hope it never comes to this...

Hull of a hangover

Speaking of parties, fourth-placed Hull must feel a bit lonely in the corner. Strong automatic promotion candidates for most of the season and now forced to dance with the play-off group, 10 points behind the top three with only nine points left to play for. A 2-2 draw against Yorkshire rivals Leeds, who equalised two minutes from the end, was the final automatic promotion punch for Steve Bruce's men. At least they are guaranteed a play-off spot, which may be of some comfort, eventually.

Steve Bruce
Left speechless, Brucey?(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Don and dusted

MK Dons completed the relegation trio for the Championship after their 4-1 home loss to Brentford. It was a ninth game without a win for Karl Robinson's men, who make a swift return to League One. Dons winger Carl Baker could perhaps give Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott a lesson or two about post-relegation messages.

We await the 2016-17 attendance figures for Stadium mk with bated breath.

More rubber-stamping

Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Colchester on Saturday. Down to 10 men after 17 minutes, they were then beaten 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Burton's Lucas Akins, which confirmed relegation. They will now hope to avoid the embarrassing statistic of conceding 100 goals in a season - the total stands at 98 with two games remaining. Hey, at least they might score 100 next season, eh?

Party poopers

York have built up a lot of credit during these four years back in the Football League, even making the play-offs in 2013-14, but that stay was ended on Saturday following the 3-0 loss to Accrington. The Minstermen may look to be party poopers over the next two games, just like their fellow relegated side Dagenham, who dented Plymouth's automatic promotion hopes with a 3-2 win. York face fourth-placed Bristol Rovers next, so there is plenty of pride to be won yet. Come on boys, do it for this fan