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Loan Eagles: Dobbie Strike Stuns Brighton

25 April 2014

Stephen Dobbie bagged a stunning equaliser against Crystal Palace’s arch rivals Brighton and Hove Albion to secure loan side Blackpool a vital point. 

The Scot helped the Tangerines bounce back from a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley by coming up with a superb strike at the Amex Stadium, as the Seasiders returned north with a 1-1 draw in their bid to avoid relegation from the Championship. 

Also in the relegation mix are Owen Garvan’s Millwall side, but their survival hopes were boosted over the Easter period after they picked up four points from a possible six to climb out of the bottom three.

Garvan played 85 minutes of the Lions’ shock 2-1 win at Middlesbrough, but didn’t feature in the home draw with Doncaster Rovers on Easter Monday. 

Below Millwall, Barnsley now face an uphill battle for survival after losing to both Leeds United and Derby County – results which leave the Tykes four points from safety. 

Defensive duo Peter Ramage and Jack Hunt were both powerless to prevent the defeats, as the injured pair were forced to watch both matches from the sidelines. 

At the other end of the Championship table, the battle for the play-off places continued for Jonny Williams’ Ipswich Town – but the Tractor Boys’ promotion dreams  were dented after losing 3-1 to Watford and drawing 2-2 with Bournemouth over the Easter period. 

The fixtures took Williams’ tally to 11 games for the club and he can still help the Suffolk outfit emulate his achievements with Palace last season by claiming a play-off berth – although they now lie two points off the top six with two games remaining.

In League One, Alex Wynter’s Colchester United side failed to capitalise on their win over bottom of the table Stevenage after slumping to a 1-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic, before drawing 0-0 with Crewe Alexandra. 

Wynter picked up the man of the match award for his commanding display against the Railwaymen, but his temporary club remain in relegation trouble, lying just one point above the bottom three with two games to go. 

One step further down the league pyramid, Kwesi Appiah bagged two goals in as many games over the Easter weekend to help AFC Wimbledon claim four points from their games against Newport County and Plymouth Argyle. 

His strike against the former helped the Dons claim a 2-2 draw after rallying from 2-0 down, before he popped up with a priceless winner in the 2-1 triumph over Argyle. 

That victory mathematically secured the club’s League Two status and saw them rise to 14th in the table. 

Lying just above them in 12th position are Lewis Price’s Mansfield Town, who drew 1-1 with Accrington Stanley before slumping to a 2-0 loss against Cheltenham Town.

In the Skrill Premier League, Connor Dymond was introduced in the 79th minute of Barnet’s 1-0 victory over Nuneaton, but he did not feature against Braintree on Easter Monday as the Bees claimed a hard-earned 1-1 draw.

In Germany, Spanish midfielder Jose Campana’s Nuremberg sit in the relegation places, one point from safety with three games to go. The German club suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Champions League chasing Bayer Leverkusen last week, although Campana did play the full 90 minutes.

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