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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 08:05 GMT 09:05 UK
League One last day lowdown

A host of issues have to be determined in League One from top to bottom.

Colchester and Brentford are chasing the remaining promotion spot alongside Southend while Barnsley, Swansea, Nottingham Forest and Doncaster are in the hunt for the play-offs.

At the bottom it is a case of deja vu for Milton Keynes who are battling to avoid the two remaining relegation spots along with Hartlepool, Rotherham and Blackpool.

BBC Sport outlines the permutations and Oldham manager Ronnie Moore assesses the action.

AUTOMATIC PROMOTION

Southend have already booked their spot in the Championship next season and will be joined by either Colchester or Brentford.

MATCH PREVIEWS

Southend are in the driving seat to go up as champions and a win at home to Bristol City will guarantee them that honour.

But anything other than three points would give Colchester the chance to pip them to the post, so long as the Us win on the road at Yeovil.

In turn, if they lose and Brentford win at Bournemouth, the London club will go up on goal difference at Colchester's expense.

Ronnie Moore's verdict
Colchester and Brentford are similar sides, but if I had to bet on who will go up with Southend I'd go with Colchester.

They had a wonderful run earlier in the season but the FA Cup run and focus on playing Chelsea killed that.

However, they've come back into a bit of form just at the right time.

It won't be easy but they need only a point and I think they can get that at Yeovil.

PLAY-OFFS

Whichever team misses out on automatic promotion is at least assured of a play-off place and a third-placed finish.

And along with Colchester or Brentford, Huddersfield will be in the end-of-term play-off picture, and a point on the road at relegated Swindon will ensure them a home match in the second leg.

MATCH PREVIEWS

Four clubs are vying for the other two spots and all of the quartet are playing away from home against teams with nothing to play for.

Victory for Barnsley at Walsall will secure their play-off spot and if Swansea win away at Chesterfield it would be highly unlikely they would miss out.

But any mistakes and Nottingham Forest will be ready to pounce so long as they bag three points at Bradford, while Doncaster are the outsiders and will be keeping their fingers crossed, so long as they do the business at Tranmere.

Ronnie Moore's verdict
This one's intriguing, but the bad news for Doncaster is that I don't think they'll make it. I can't see all of them losing and Donny winning so it will be frustration for them.

Nottingham Forest start the day outside the play-offs. They did what we did, got it in their own hands before throwing it away, however, they've got enough to get in there on Saturday.

Who will miss out? Barnsley will beat Walsall and, although Chesterfield are having a bad time of it, I think Forest will get in there at the expense of Swansea who will draw.

RELEGATION

A draw in the West Country derby against Bristol City was not enough to save Swindon from spiralling to relegation along with Walsall.

MATCH PREVIEWS

Two down, two to go, and with three teams teetering on the brink there will be a big party for one club come the final whistle on Saturday - but who?

Rotherham host Milton Keynes Dons, who avoided the drop on the last day of last season, and the loser at Millmoor will go down.

If it ends in a draw MK Dons will be down, but Rotherham will have to wait on the result from Hartlepool, who need to beat Port Vale to have a chance of staying in the division.

Blackpool need a point to be safe and as long as they avoid a heavy defeat their superior goal difference will ensure survival.

Ronnie Moore's verdict
I know what the managers will be going through because this is exactly where we were this time last season.

For Rotherham it's a tricky situation. Do they go for it or do they sit on it? When you play for a draw you can end up getting beat and that spells danger.

What helps is they're playing Milton Keynes so will know what needs doing at all times and I think they'll end up getting the point they need.

That means Hartlepool could still stay up but they'd need to win by six. You never know, and there will be twists and turns on the final day, but scoring a hatful like that will be very unlikely.




Coca-Cola Football League One Table
30 January 2010 17:06
    P GD PTS
1 Norwich 29 34 63
2 Leeds 27 29 60

3 Charlton 28 20 55
4 Colchester 27 13 49
5 Swindon 26 8 48
6 Millwall 28 11 46

7 Huddersfield 26 20 45
8 MK Dons 28 4 43
9 Bristol Rovers 26 -3 38
10 Brentford 27 -3 34
11 Southampton 27 15 33
12 Carlisle 26 -3 33
13 Walsall 25 1 32
14 Yeovil 28 -5 31
15 Southend 28 -7 31
16 Hartlepool 29 -10 31
17 Leyton Orient 27 -10 31
18 Exeter 29 -11 30
19 Gillingham 28 -7 29
20 Brighton 27 -13 28

21 Oldham 25 -10 26
22 Tranmere 27 -22 26
23 Wycombe 29 -22 23
24 Stockport 27 -29 16

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