Nottingham Forest have been relegated from The Championship following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers.
Gary Megson's (pictured) side needed a win to avoid the drop and their cause was not helped when Darryl Powell collected his second yellow card just after the half hour mark.
The visitors continued to be their own worst enemy and John Curtis' own goal before the interval left Forest with a mountain to climb for the second half.
Marc Bircham settled the contest with a second for the home side after 51 minutes and while Eugen Bopp pulled one back it was too little too late.
At the top end of the table, Ipswich moved level on points with Wigan with an emphatic 5-1 win over Crewe who drop into the bottom three.
The Latics were held at Preston earlier on Saturday and Joe Royle's men made them pay with a comprehensive demolition of Crewe.
Early goals from Shefki and Jim Magilton put Town in control before a flurry of goals after half-time settled the contest.
Tommy Miller's brace made it four for Ipswich with Pablo Counago's goal adding the icing on the cake although David Vaughan did manage an injury-time consolation.
Derby missed the chance to guarantee their play-off place with a surprise 6-2 mauling at the hands of Coventry City.
The game was effectively over at half-time with a brace from Gary McSheffrey along with effort from Dele Adebola and Stern John putting the home side 4-0 up.
Adam Bolder pulled one back after 51 minutes, but John's restored The Sky Blues' four-goal advantage just minutes later.
Paul Peschisolido gave the visitors something to cheer about, however their celebrations were short-lived with Andrew Whing wrapping up an eventful final game at Highfield Road.
Reading failed to make the most of West Ham's loss to Sunderland on Friday night after slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Wolves.
Things began so well for The Royals when Nicky Forster netted, but second half goals from Leon Clarke and Rohan Ricketts gave the visitors the points.
Sheffield United squandered their chances of making the top six after Jody Morris' early goal at Bramall Lane secured the victory for Millwall.
Paul McLaren's own goal after 19 minutes gave Brighton a priceless 1-0 win over Rotherham to lift The Seagulls out of the drop zone.
Late goals from Jean-Louis Valois and James O'Connor gave Burnley over Plymouth Argyle 2-0 at Turf Moor.
Watford are safe from the drop with Heidar Helguson's second half goal giving The Hornets a much-needed 1-0 win over Stoke at The Britannia.
Gillingham are still looking over their shoulder after a share of the spoils with Cardiff City at The Priestfield Stadium.
Matthew Jarvis put The Gills ahead after 72 minutes on for Paul Parry to snatch a late equaliser and priceless point that secures their safety.
Click below match reports:
Burnley 2-0 Plymouth
Coventry 6-2 Derby
Gillingham 1-1 Cardiff
Ipswich 5-1 Crewe
Preston 1-1 Wigan
QPR 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Reading 1-2 Wolverhampton
Rotherham 0-1 Brighton
Sheffield United 0-1 Millwall
Stoke 0-1 Watford
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