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League One: Barnsley hit five as Sheffield Wednesday stumble

The race for the automatic promotion spots in League One took another turn yesterday, as Sheffield Wednesday stumbled again.

Darren Moore’s Owls, who at one point looked as though they were going to stroll to the title, have really wobbled in recent games after promotion-chasing Barsley finally ended their long unbeaten run on March 21.

Since then, they’ve lost at rock-bottom Forest Green Rovers, battled for a 2-2 draw at struggling Cheltenham and, yesterday, had to settle for just a point in a 1-1 home draw with mid-table Lincoln City. Michael Smith scored for the Owls.

That leaves them top of the table on goal difference from Plymouth, but just two points clear of red-hot Ipswich Town having now played a game more.

The Owls are winless in their last five games.

Plymouth didn’t play yesterday as they meet Bolton in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley this afternoon.

Town, of course, made it seven wins in a row by seeing off play-off chasers Derby County.

And Barnsley, the other form side in the hunt for the top two, crushed Morecambe 5-0 at home.

Devante Cole and Herbie Kane scored before the interval, with the former earning his brace in the second half. Bobby Thomas got on the scoresheet late on.

The Tykes are now unbeaten in 14 League One games. They last lost at Charlton on January 14.

Barnsley are three points behind the Blues and five off the top two.

They host Town on April 25, in what looks set to be a huge game.

Race for the top two – next games (all on Good Friday at 3pm)

– Sheffield Wednesday: Away at Oxford United (20th)

– Plymouth Argyle: Away at Morecambe (22nd)

– Ipswich Town: Home to Wycombe Wanderers (8th)

– Barnsley: Away at Burton Albion (18th)

Source: IPS Wich Star