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Championship round-up: Newcastle win the title at the death after Brighton concede equaliser and Blackburn are relegated

Blackburn cruelly relegated despite brave 3-1 away win to Brentford, as Nottingham Forest and Birmingham survive

NEWCASTLE UNITED were dramatically crowned champions on a thrilling final day of the Championship season on Sunday.

The Toon thumped Barnsley 3-0 at home, but needed Brighton and Hove Albion to drop points away to Aston Villa.

Newcastle claimed a stunning final day title win, after beating Barnsley

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Newcastle claimed a stunning final day title win, after beating Barnsley

Despite taking the lead through a 64th-minute Glenn Murray penalty, they still failed to win the title – as Jack Grealish netted in the final minute to stun the visitors.


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Brighton can still take solace in their promotion on the back of a superb season.

At the bottom of the table, it was drama until the death as well as Blackburn Rovers – starting the day in 22nd – Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City battling to avoid relegation.

Brighton were stunned by a Jack Grealish equaliser for Aston Villa in the 89th-minute

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Brighton were stunned by a Jack Grealish equaliser for Aston Villa in the 89th-minute

Nottingham Forest confirmed their safety with a 3-0 win over Ipswich

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Nottingham Forest confirmed their safety with a 3-0 win over Ipswich

Rovers needed a win – and held up their end of the deal, beating Brentford 3-1 in an impressive victory.

However, they needed one of Forest of the Blues to drop points – with the Nottingham club storming to a 3-0 win, with Britt Assombalonga scoring twice.

At Ashton Gate, Birmingham took an early lead thanks to Che Adams and were forced to cling on to their Championship status until the 96th-minute… which they did.

Blackburn won 3-1 away to Brentford but were still cruelly relegated

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Blackburn won 3-1 away to Brentford but were still cruelly relegated

Harry Redknapp led Birmingham to Championship survival

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Harry Redknapp led Birmingham to Championship survival

The result meant Blackburn – despite their big win – are relegated to League One.

Other results: Norwich 4-0 QPR, Burton 2-4 Reading, Huddersfield 0-3 Cardiff, Rotherham 1-1 Derby, Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Fulham, Wigan 1-1 Leeds, Wolves 1-0 Preston.

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