Sheffield Wednesday and Reading secured places in the Championship promotion play-offs on Saturday while at the bottom Wigan Athletic were relegated back to League One. Promoted Brighton will secure the Championship title if they can beat Bristol City later. Wednesday's sixth straight win came with a 1-0 victory at Ipswich, thanks to a Kieran Lee goal, and means they cannot be caught by seventh-placed Leeds United.
Whether that’s due to the fact we’ve been here before and the previous two demotions were historically awful, or perhaps after years of losing records and winless months fans are ready for a break from the miserable apathy surrounding a club that has barely escaped relegation in recent years, some Sunderland fans seem a little blasé about the prospect of a minimum of one season in the league below. Some fans even go so far as to see relegation as a cathartic break from the years and years of turning up at the Stadium of Light on Saturday knowing Sunderland could be in for a pasting. The Championship offers something new and exciting, dare we imagine the prospect of winning more games than we lose? The Championship has been referred to the point of cliche as a 'tough division to get out of’.
Last week, Aston Villa and Birmingham City both came together to champion poor football in a game which saw almost no highlights except a scrappy goal from a returning Gabby Agbonlahor. Aston Villa don’t have much left to do this season except play games, win and evaluate the squad for next season. With Sunderland and Middlesbrough likely coming down and the possibility of Huddersfield, Fulham, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday or Reading aiming for the top spot next year or promotion next year, next season will be tough for Villa. For Villa’s opponents, everything is on the line and boy, are Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers fighting like hell to avoid relegation. The Rovers have scraped a number of