THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Bristol City, Oldham, Torquay, Mansfield

icon mondayBristol City's "crass" song choice
Bristol City became the first team relegated from the Championship this season after a 1-0 defeat at home to Birmingham City. A goal from Wade Elliott in the 16th minute was enough to end the Robins' six-year stay in the Championship, as Wolves beat promotion-chasing Hull and Barnsley drew with Derby. In 2008 Bristol City were one game away from the Premier League but lost 1-0 to Hull in the play-off final and have slowly slipped down the league since.

Directly after the final whistle confirmed relegation, manager Sean O'Driscoll called his players around him on the pitch, only to be drowned out by the Ashton Gate PA system playing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. "That just about sums up some of the things that are happening at this football club and it is maybe another thing we have to put right," O'Driscoll said. "It disappointed me and it made the players angry as well. It was crass and totally unnecessary. I'm not too happy with the powers that be for allowing that."

Oldham send Hartlepool and Portsmouth down
Oldham Athletic's 1-0 victory over Yeovil meant relegation for Hartlepool and Portsmouth despite neither of them playing. The Latics are managed by Lee Johnson, the son of Yeovil manager Gary Johnson, and they became only the second father-son pair to face each other as managers in the Football League after Bill Dodgin and Bill Dodgin Jr (Bristol Rovers and Fulham respectively) in 1971. Matt Smith got the goal just before half time.

Hartlepool have been in the relegation zone since the end of September and managed only nine points before Christmas. Despite replacing Neale Cooper with John Hughes in November and their form improving in 2013, Hartlepool couldn't make up the gap. Portsmouth will start next season in the fourth tier for the first time since 1979-80 but their fans do at least have their club back.

Torquay out of League Two relegation zone
Torquay United beat Barnet 3-2 at Plainmoor to jump out of the relegation zone and push their opponents into it in their place. Having previously lost three games in a row, Torquay will be relieved to have won a tense but open game in a division where only four points now separate Plymouth in 17th and Barnet in 23rd with two games remaining.

Barnet had managed to pull themselves out of the relegation zone with two wins and two draws towards the end of March and the beginning of April. However, two defeats in a row now mean their fight is almost certain to go down to the final day. Edgar Davids, their player-manager, said afterwards: "When I first started here we were in the relegation zone and we were chasing and chasing. At the end of the day we got out of it but sometimes you come up short. We still believe that we can do it. The guys are showing great effort so we can't wait for Saturday."

Mansfield in pole position for final day
Mansfield Town will go into the last round of Conference matches top of the league after beating Hereford United 2-1. The Stags have won 22 of their previous 27 matches and will begin Saturday two points ahead of Kidderminster, themselves on a run of 24 wins in 28 – though they were 19th when that sequence began. With Mansfield's goal difference only one better than Kidderminster's, they will need to beat fourth-place Wrexham on the final day to be sure of promotion. Should they slip up that will open the door for Kidderminster, who host Stockport – a team that will need to win themselves to avoid relegation.

Matt Green, who scored Mansfield's stoppage-time winner against Hereford, said: "Scoring in a Wembley final and in the FA Cup were great, but that was definitely the biggest goal of my career so far. There's nothing more pleasing than that to put us two points clear. I am here to score goals – that's my job. I love taking the pressure off the boys. There were great scenes in the dressing room afterwards. The lads were overjoyed as they have worked so hard this season to get where we are and now we are back on track. But it's not over till it's over and we have a massive game on Saturday where we will have the home fans behind us." Tom Hocking

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