Newcastle United win Championship, Blackburn Rovers relegated on dramatic final day

Newcastle United win Championship, Blackburn Rovers relegated on dramatic final day

Newcastle United win Championship, Blackburn Rovers relegated on dramatic final day

May 7 (Reuters) - Newcastle United sewed up the Championship title on Sunday, beating Barnsley 3-0 to finish above Brighton & Hove Albion and return to the Premier League with a bang on a frantic final day at both ends of England's second-tier.

Forest were in the bottom three at one point on the final day with Blackburn Rovers going 2-0 up at Brentford.

There was reason to celebrate when Newcastle United, one of his former teams, secured the English Championship crown after some late drama.

However, that did not happen.

"Devastated for Rovers and for the fans", Shearer posted on Twitter. "The owners deserve it".

"I think the story is exceptionally sad for supporters of Blackburn Rovers and supporters will quite rightly go back to their heyday under Jack Walker".

According to this supporter, Rovers can not blame the owners, and the reason they've been relegated is simply because they aren't good enough. The Venkys have let the club down. The travelling contingent retorted with cries of "We're going to win 3-0".

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Rovers won 3-1 at Brentford but victories for their survival rivals Birmingham and Nottingham Forest pushed Mowbray's men into the third tier on goal difference.

Blackburn had lifted themselves out of the drop zone earlier in the day thanks to Mulgrew's superb free-kick into the top corner.

Rovers defended stoically and refused to give Jota or Sergi Canos a clear sight of goal all afternoon, leaving the visiting fans wondering why they had not produced this form all season.

Things had looked rosy for Rovers early on as they stormed into a 2-0 lead at Brentford, Scottish worldwide midfielder Charlie Mulgrew's goal, a delightful freekick, the pick of the two. Under the 70-year-old Redknapp, Birmingham won its last two games. The striker scored a penalty two minutes before half-time before Chris Cohen fired in a second from distance after the break.

Assombalonga added his second and the hosts' third with an excellent solo effort in the second half.

Nottingham Forest are due to be taken over in the summer, while Birmingham will be on the lookout for a new permanent manager unless Harry Redknapp decides to take the job on a full-time basis.

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