Plymouth Argyle have been promoted to League One after an emphatic 6-1 victory against the relegation‑threatened Newport County at Home Park. First-half goals from Matty Kennedy and Jake Jervis created a celebratory atmosphere among the home fans, who saw their team run amok in the second half to add gloss to the occasion.
They were joined by Portsmouth, who beat Notts County 3-1, a result that caused their 4,300 travelling fans to celebrate raucously as they got word that the fourth-placed Luton Town had been held 1-1 at Mansfield in League Two. Pompey were bought by their supporters in 2013 and rejoin the third tier after four seasons in the bottom division. Two second-half goals from Jamal Lowe sealed the victory, which caused a pitch invasion.
At the bottom of League Two, Leyton Orient lived to fight another day after coming from behind to win 2-1 against Hartlepool, who remain outside the relegation zone themselves thanks to Newport’s defeat.
Chesterfield were relegated from League One after their 3-1 defeat away at Scunthorpe United. A 1-1 draw with nine-man Northampton Town gave 19th-placed Shrewsbury Town a valuable point in their survival fight. In the early kick-off the League One champions, Sheffield United, romped to a 3-0 win against Bradford.
In the Championship, Aron Gunnarsson netted the game’s only goal as Cardiff City pushed Nottingham Forest into further relegation trouble with a 1-0 victory in the Welsh capital. The Iceland midfielder Gunnarsson drove home from the edge of the box in the 70th minute to settle the match after Forest had failed to fully clear a Kadeem Harris cross.
Mark Warburton’s Forest lacked a cutting edge up front, and, not helped by Burton Albion’s 2-0 win at Birmingham City, who slipped to 21st in the Championship table – one place and one point above the drop zone.