Charlton 0, Derby 1
Four games left, 11 point gap. The statistics become crueller each week for Charlton and their second failure on the trot make the rest almost insignificant.
Only the wild dreamers would be applying the Liverpool-Dortmund rule to the Valley where the players continue to show resolve and endeavour but have forgotten what needs to be done to win.
The home side matched the promotion hopefuls of Derby for long periods of this match but their mishandling of a set-piece was again their undoing. Johnny Russell capitalised when a Tom Ince was not effectively cleared.
Charlton did see the ball in the back of the net when Jorge Teixeira’s goal was disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Scott Carson.
Coach Jose Riga said: “We know we had to face a big squad and big team but we did not see any difference between a team fighting for promotion and one fighting against relegation.
“I’m very proud with what they can give. I’m proud of my team, all the squad, that’s what I was repeating.”
Coventry City 2, Millwall 1
Millwall squandered a golden opportunity to nail down a play-off place in a match against a Midlands side that hadn’t won in five games. All looked good when Bryon Webster headed Shane Ferguson’s corner past goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook at the Ricoh Arena. Nineteen minutes on the clock.
Seven minutes later Shaun Williams appeared to headbutt Ruben Lameiras – the ref reached for red and Millwall, despite holding their own, had let slip the advantage.
Manager Neil Harris had “no complaints” about the sending off and his team, on the whole, stayed resolute. However, the dam broke in the second half with John Fleck and Marcus Tudgay reversing the lead.
Harris said: “The sending off was a big blow. We looked really solid, really organised. I couldn’t remember us giving too many chances away other than the opportunity just before half-time.
“I’m delighted with the players because the spirit they showed and the fight they showed to get a result was terrific with 10 men.”
Millwall are back in the sights of Barnsley, three points behind in seventh.