Blackpool’s survival target is now clear – a point from Saturday’s final match of the season at home to Charlton will guarantee their safety, regardless of any other results.
Relegation rivals Charlton and Birmingham both played their game in hand last night, and the results turned out almost perfectly for Pool.
Callum McManaman’s third-minute goal sealed a 1-0 win for Wigan at Birmingham, meaning Lee Clark’s side stay in the drop zone, three points behind the Seasiders. The win booked Latics’ play-off place.
And although Charlton’s impressive 3-1 home win over Watford saw them leapfrog Pool in the table, it means the Addicks arrive at Bloomfield Road for Saturday’s 12.15pm kick-off with nothing to play for as they are now safe.
So now Barry Ferguson and his side know exactly what they need to do on the final day, and even if the Seasiders lose to Charlton, they can only be relegated if Birmingham, Doncaster and Millwall all win (strictly speaking, a point would be enough for Millwall to overtake Pool if the Seasiders lose by four goals).
Doncaster travel to Leicester City, while Millwall host Bournemouth and Birmingham face a tough trip to Bolton.
Birmingham will definitely join Barnsley and Yeovil in League One if they lose at the Reebok, though a draw would be enough to keep Brum up if Paul Dickov’s Doncaster are beaten by the champions.
There is also one play-off place to be fought over on Saturday. Reading (at home to promoted Burnley) will clinch it as long as they match the result of Brighton (who visit Nottingham Forest).