Charlton 1, Brighton 3
As has become something of a routine in south London, most of the heart-stopping drama occurred off the pitch when relegated Charlton Athletic met promotion hopefuls Brighton.
There were well-attended marches before the kick-off, a delay while beach balls and balloons were cleared from the pitch in the first half and another delay for a flare in the second.
This was the continuing protest against the ownership of Belgian Roland Duchatelet which has become the focus of dismay from fans who will watch their club in League One next season.
The game was mostly irrelevant as points mean nothing and pride has been drained from the club. That was underlined by an early goal from the visitors and a final 1-3 scoreline lifted only for the home fans by Berg Gudmundsson’s 51st minute equaliser. Parity was held for just four minutes before Brighton pulled ahead and staked their claim to be in contention for the Premier League.
Charlton manager Jose Riga said: “The players gave their all and competed. We had a good reaction in the second half and equalised.
“Of course I’d prefer another atmosphere than this one. Communication will not be enough. It’s about acting and showing some decisions now.
“We have to learn from our mistakes. It happens, relegation. We can build something. You see the story of Bournemouth. That is an inspiration for us and a lot of teams.”
Bury 1, Millwall 3
If Charlton are heading for League One they might receive a few waves from a team on the up escalator. Millwall , for so long inconsistent, are beginning to put together a run that will certainly see them in the play-offs and might even make them favourites for the third berth.
They sit third now after a pleasing 1-3 win at Bury and while an automatic place is not impossible, they will probably run out of track with just two games remaining.
It was Blackburn loanee Chris Taylor who settled nerves at the beginning of the game with a fourth minute goal and settled them again in the 83rd, confirming the win that had been presented by Steve Morison’s 18th of the season.
Manager Neil Harris said: “At times we had a real Millwall look about us. We weren’t free flowing with the ball and we played second-ball football a lot of the time with a high tempo. We really had to stand strong physically. I thought we really had to dig in.”