Five things we learned from Yorkshire’s footballing weekend

Ahmed  Elmohamady goes flying over a challenge from  Rajiv Van La Pasrra of Huddersfield (Picture: Gary Longbottom)

Ahmed Elmohamady goes flying over a challenge from Rajiv Van La Pasrra of Huddersfield (Picture: Gary Longbottom)

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NOT the most auspicious weekend for Yorkshire teams, it has to be said, at a critical juncture.

The ones who bore the biggest smiles were followers of Rotherham United, Bradford City and Middlesbrough, with the developments elsewhere being neglible.

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United's Sol Bamba dejected at the end.

Leeds United's Sol Bamba dejected at the end.

Here is what we garnered from the weekend.

1: Rotherham United’s Great Escape mission is all but complete.

Remember Barnsley’s Great Escape campaign of 2012-13? Well think that and a bit more besides and you have got Rotherham United’s absolutely remarkable spring upturn under Neil Warnock.

Warnock and his buoyant Millers line-up scoffed at suggestions that a manager of the month gong is the precursor to a dodgy result on Saturday.

They totally wiped the floor with MK Dons on an afternoon when it was men against boys as they moved nine points clear of MK, who occupy the final relegation spot.

Top of the form guide and deservedly winning plaudits from every quarter, it has been some story for the Millers and Warnock, who have presided over a haul of 20 points from the last 24 and eight-match unbeaten run. Simply stunning.

2: It is looking like the play-off beckon for Steve Bruce’s Hull City.

The Tigers’ top two hopes were decidedly rocky ahead of Saturday’s derby at Huddersfield.

They now like all but over following a draw on an afternoon when Burnley and Boro both won.

It was an entertaining spectacle at the John Smith’s Stadium, with City at least having the fillip of coming from behind twice and forwards Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomande netting.

They need implosions from Burnley, Boro and Brighton to get back into the top-two scene, but realistically, it is about rediscovering from mojo for the play-offs now for Hull.

3: A rare and uncharacteristic defensive implosion from Sheffield Wednesday.

So resolute in defence, Saturday’s 4-1 drubbing came from nowhere for Sheffield Wednesday, who came into the back of four successive Championship streak, their best of the season.

Carlos Carvalhal had strong words on the Ashton Gate pitch with his charges and spoke afterwards of some having their ‘heads in the clouds’ following a collective off-day which lacked intensity - much to his anger.

Coming from someone who invariably protects his players, it was fierce stuff following the Owls’ worst defeat of the season as they suffered a reality check and dropped back to sixth.

They will certainly be thankful of two successive home matches against Ipswich and MK Dons and keeping their fingers crossed that captain Glenn Loovens returns also.

4: All over bar the shouting for Doncaster Rovers.

On an afternoon when they had to win to retain any serious prospects of staying up, Rovers were again afforded an unwanted development to put the tin lid on a wretched second half to the campaign.

The tone of Darren Ferguson’s post-match utterances suggested the game is now up for Rovers, who must now face up to the reality of basement football for the first time since 2003-04. Sixteen games without a win and no confidence at all in the final third - and no luck either - has told its own story.

Rovers are bereft in all departments and are what they are - a side currently adrift of safety in 22nd place in League One, which doesn’t lie.

5: And for York City.

York’s season has the equivalent of a lingering footballing death, one which Minstermen followers will be desperate to draw a line under as they aim to rip it up and start again.

Six wins from 41 games is desperate stuff, with a late leveller from Wycombe denying them just their sixth home success of the season at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

Just now a case of when York’s relegation is confirmed, not if. Although in all seriousness, the Minstermen’s competitive season was finished after a winless Easter.

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