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Sunday, 6 May, 2001, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Huddersfield down in last-day drama
Portsmouth's Kevin Harper (left) tussles with Barnsley's Matthew Appleby
Portsmouth survived with a timely win over Barnsley
Sunday's English football round-up

Huddersfield Town have been relegated from the First Division on a nail-biting final day of the Nationwide season.

Crystal Palace had looked destined for the drop - but they scored in the final minutes against Stockport to condemn Huddersfield to Division Two.

With promotion and play-off issues already settled, all the attention on Sunday was at the foot of the table.

Four clubs - Crystal Palace, Portsmouth, Huddersfield and Grimsby - still faced the threat of being relegated with QPR and Tranmere.

Huddersfield manager Lou Macari
Huddersfield boss Lou Macari sees his side relegated
And it was Crystal Palace fans who looked like suffering the agony of the drop, as their team were heading for a 0-0 draw at Stockport.

But with time ticking away the south London club claimed a priceless goal through Dougie Freedman in the 86th minute. Report

Freedman's goal proved enough and the fate of Huddersfield was sealed with a 2-1 defeat at home to Birmingham.

Their failure to win at the McAlpine Stadium left manager Lou Macari relying on other results. Report

But Palace and Portsmouth both leapfrogged them with timely wins.

Pompey, who had started the day below them in the relegation zone, secured a 3-0 victory over Barnsley to move to safety. Report

Out-going Watford manager Graham Taylor is presented with a commemorative tankard at Burnley
There was an emotional end to Graham Taylor's managerial career
Grimsby, who began their match as relegation outsiders with a three-point cushion over Palace and Portsmouth, secured their First Division future in style.

Lennie Lawrence's team turned the form book on its head with a 1-0 win over run-away champions Fulham at Blundell Park, courtesy of Paul Groves' first-half goal. Report

Third placed Bolton finished their campaign in muted fashion with a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United. Report

They will now play West Brom in the play-offs, after Preston beat the Baggies 2-1. Report

Preston's win ensured they finished in fourth place - and they will meet Birmingham in the other play-off semi-final.

Former England boss Graham Taylor ended his illustrious managerial career by watching his Watford team crash 2-0 at Burnley.

Taylor was presented with a commemorative tankard at Turf Moor - but his team were unable to provide him with a fitting send-off as they leaked two late goals. Report

Runners-up Blackburn, who had clinched promotion to the Premiership last Wednesday, were held to a 1-1 draw at Gillingham. Report

Doomed Tranmere provided their fans with some excitement on their farewell to the division, when a last-minute equaliser gave them a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest. Report

Fellow releagted side QPR also avoided defeat in their last game, holding Wolves 1-1 at Molineux. Report

Wimbledon and Norwich drew 0-0 at Selhurst Park. Report

And there was another goalless draw at Hillsbrough, between Sheffield Wednesday and Crewe. Report

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