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Southend beat Wycombe on penalties in play-off final

Phil Brown thought his side were dead and buried. Credit: PA

Daniel Bentley saved Sam Wood's sudden death penalty to send Southend into League One.

Southend goalkeeper Bentley had inadvertently given Wycombe the lead when a Joe Jacobson free-kick rebounded off him into the goal.

With all looking lost for Southend, Joe Pigott controlled the ball in the area and fired home with only seconds to go of injury-time.

Joe Jacobson, left, took the free-kick. Credit: PA

Hannover stay up on final day

Michael Frontzeck kept Hannover up. Credit: PA

Hannover, coached by former Manchester City man Michael Frontzeck, earned their place in the Bundesliga next season and sent Freiburg into the second division with a 2-1 win at the Niedersachsenstadion.

Hiroshi Kiyotake put the Reds in front early on and a late own-goal from Pavel Krmas secured their top-flight status.

With Hamburg and Stuttgart both winning their final-day matches, a late Nils Petersen consolation was not enough to prevent Christian Streich's men from being relegated along with Paderborn.


Teams: Southend v Wycombe

Rangers set up play-off showdown

Stuart McCall is 180 minutes from the top flight. Credit: PA

Rangers moved within two games of ending a three-year exile from the Scottish Premiership after holding off Hibernian in their play-off semi-final at Easter Road.

Two goals up from Wednesday's first leg, the Glasgow side could afford to concede Jason Cummings' late strike in the Leith return and hold on for a 1-0 defeat which sees them through to a final showdown against Motherwell with a 2-1 aggregate success.


Bruce didn't expect Hull survival battle

Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he never imagined the Tigers would be fighting for their Premier League lives after starting their campaign with arguably the strongest squad in the club's history.

Bruce was widely credited with landing the pick of the transfer deadline day buys with Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and on-loan Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa all arriving at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce could be taking his team down. Credit: PA

"At the end of August when I looked at the squad I didn't think we would be in this situation. There have been many reasons why but I don't really want to make excuses - this isn't the time for it.

"We've had a tough four or five months with big players not being able to take part but we've got to take it on the chin and accept we haven't been good enough. We've got one last chance to redeem ourselves."

Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa - Sherwood

Tim Sherwood is "convinced" star striker Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa next season.

Speculation over Benteke's future remains despite his agent recently pledging his commitment to the club.

Christian Benteke has been linked with a number of clubs. Credit: PA

"Christian is only a young man but he's very mature in the way he behaves," he said. "I think he's handled the situation well.

"I have no reason to believe he wants to seek employment elsewhere. He seems to be very happy here and this morning, at training, he was smiling.

"He knows there are big games coming up in Sunday and the cup final and I think he wants to be at this football club. I'm convinced of that."

Wenger calls for Arsenal goals on final day

Arsene Wenger wants his side to score a few. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal can enjoy their final match of the Premier League season against West Brom and get back on the goal trail at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are all but sure of third place, starting the final weekend three points ahead of Manchester United and with a superior goal difference.

It is unusual for us. If you look at the games, we had the chances to score in every single game.

What we want to do is to continue to play our game, but better, quicker, with more movement and then we will score again.

The finishing is in cycles and we have gone through a cycle that is a bit less positive.

However, before we scored goals for fun and I am sure if we just concentrate on the quality of our game that we will score again.

– Arsene Wenger

Gerrard ready for Liverpool farewell - Rodgers

Steven Gerrard is on his way. Credit: PA

Headlines about Raheem Sterling's contract issues and the prospect of Liverpool losing a star player this summer have deflected attention from the departure of one of the club's true greats.

There was, quite correctly, great fanfare surrounding Steven Gerrard's final match at Anfield last week but Sunday's trip to Stoke will be the midfielder's 710th and final appearance for the Reds.

He'll be very able.

I'm sure for Steven it's been a huge relief. Leading into your last game at Anfield, which has been his home for 17 years, there was probably a whole load of emotion.

Unfortunately our performance level wasn't what we expected (they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace) but I think the crowd and the supporters recognised the moment and gave him a great send-off.

So I'm sure for him it's a huge sigh of relief and he has worked well this week concentrating on Sunday's game.

– Brendan Rodgers
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