🎥 EFL Performance of the Weekend: Derby delight on Survival Saturday

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Alex Mott

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It was ‘Survival Saturday’ this weekend with Rotherham, Wycombe, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby all in the race to stay in the Championship.

Derby County 3
Sheffield Wednesday 3
Full time

All eyes were on Pride Park as Wayne Rooney’s Rams took on Wednesday with both sides facing a disastrous relegation to League One.

Darren Moore’s visitors took the initial advantage as Sam Hutchinson opened the scoring in first half stoppage time.

But it was in the second period where the game truly burst into life.

Martyn Waghorn’s equaliser turned the momentum with the Rams then adding a second on 52 minutes thanks to Patrick Roberts.

But this rollercoaster game had more surprises in store as midway through the half, Callum Paterson and Julian Börner netted in quick succession as Wednesday re-took the lead with 20 minutes remaining.

At that point, the Hillsbrough outfit were staying up and Wayne Rooney’s time as Derby boss looked to be right on the precipice.

With referee Mike Dean in charge though, we knew this match had more drama in it, and that came with 10 minutes to go as the controversial gave a penalty to Derby, which Waghorn netted emphatically.

The game ended 3-3 with the points shared, but with Rotherham only drawing with Cardiff, it meant Derby stayed up point a point and Wednesday finished bottom of the division.

Honourable mentions

In League One all the drama was condensed to the final play-off spot as Portsmouth, Charlton and Oxford all had a chance going into the final day.

As it was, Oxford were the lucky recipients as Accrington shocked Pompey with a 1-0 win at Fratton Park.

Karl Robinson’s Yellows were spectacular as Burton were blown away 4-0 at the Kassam Stadium, with Sam Winnall’s final strike the pick of the bunch.

League Two meanwhile was slightly less dramatic as the top three sides all won their respective games, meaning Cheltenham, Cambridge and Bolton were all promoted automatically.

Tranmere will play Morecambe in the play-offs while Newport take on Forest Green.