Premier League ~ Inconsistent Baggies fight among themselves
West Brom's away form has been impressive this season, bettered only by the Premier League's top four sides. Saturday wasn't one of their better days as they lost 2-0 against Everton at Goodison Park. The defeat is another sign of how the Baggies' season has drifted from promising to mediocre. There was plenty of fight but little threat from Albion, though their frustration was obvious, with keeper Ben Foster and striker Peter Odemwingie arguing on the pitch. They have picked up one point since beating Chelsea at the start of March and, though they are eight points clear of relegation, the lack of progress will be a concern for the fans.
Championship ~ Tigers continue to fade away
Hull City's chances of a play-off place took another blow with a 2-0 home defeat to relegation-threatened Coventry City. The Tigers manager, Nick Barmby, called a team meeting on Thursday to clear the air following three defeats in a row. Defender Liam Rosenior said "There were a few home truths told to each other. That's the good thing, because we're so close it wasn't anything personal, we just want the best for each other." The meeting clearly didn't work, though, as Coventry picked up their first Championship away win of the season and moved out of the bottom three for the first time since October. The result leaves Hull in ninth, five points below sixth place Brighton.
League One ~ Westley accuses PNE players of leaking tactics
Graham Westley, the Preston North End manager, claimed that some of his players had leaked tactical information to Sheffield Wednesday players before their match on Saturday. Westley, who took charge at Deepdale in January, has won only three in 17 games following his side's 2-0 defeat at Hillsborough. "That shows you what we are up against," Westley said. "It doesn't surprise me. When you have got people in your own camp working against you it is tough. To stand in the dugout today and to be told by [Sheffield Wednesday's] dugout that four of our players had given our side to them says where our side is at." Preston started with Aaron Brown, the 6ft4 centre-back, up front. The defeat leaves them six points above the relegation zone.
League Two ~ Bradford's bad week gets worse at Plymouth
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson admitted his side need a break after ending March with yet another defeat. City picked up only five point from nine games in the month, which hit a low with the "battle of Valley Parade" against Crawley last Tuesday. The post-match brawl resulted in three Bradford players being sent off in the changing rooms. Despite Bradford's changed side dominating at Home Park, an early Juvhel Tsoumou goal won it for the hosts. "We all need a break," said Parkinson. "Lads like Lee Bullock and Craig Fagan have played nearly all the games. It’s a mental and physical fatigue for everybody when you go through a run like we’ve had in the last month. The long journeys and all the travelling take their toll. But the lads have given us everything and we should have had more points than we’ve got."
Conference ~ Another late goal for York at Kenilworth Road
York City took a big step towards securing a play-off place by beating Luton Town 2-1 at Kenilworth Road on Friday night. The Minstermen left it late, though, after Andre Gray put the hosts 1-0 up after five minutes. The score remained that way until the 81st minute, when Patrick McLaughlin levelled for City. Five minutes later and the visitors struck the winner through James Meredith. It isn't the first time City have scored late against Luton this season. Matty Blair secured a trip to Wembley in FA Trophy final with a 90th minute goal against Luton in the semi-final second leg on 17 March. The league win leaves City in fourth place, three points above Luton in sixth.
Portugal ~ Benfica beat Braga as Porto go top
Sporting Braga's run of thirteen straight wins came to an end against Benfica at the Estádio da Luz on Saturday. Bruno César scored the winner in the second minute of injury time for the home side as the match between the title challengers ended 2-1. The result means Benfica leap-frogged their opponents into seconds place, while Porto took top spot with a 2-0 win over Olhanense. Braga host Porto in their next match and will be keen to get back to winning way as they hunt for their first ever Portuguese title. Tom Hocking