Yorkshire Post Power Rankings - Barnsley and Hull City have Leeds United on their tail

THERE is no stopping Barnsley and Hull City at the top of our latest Yorkshire Post Power Rankings list - with Leeds United also coming up strongly.

Celebrations: Barnsley's scorers against Middlesbrough, Alex Mowatt and Daryl Dike. Picture: PA
Celebrations: Barnsley's scorers against Middlesbrough, Alex Mowatt and Daryl Dike. Picture: PA

At the bottom, it’s a tale of woe for Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers and Harrogate Town.

Here’s a post-Easter update covering the past fortnight’s activity.

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1: Barnsley WWLDWW (unchanged).

Leading the way: Hull City manager Grant McCann.

In many respects, Barnsley are the story of the Championship in 2020-21 alongside Norwich City and Watford.

The Reds have won 11 of their last 13 matches - incorporating a club record sequence of six successive away league victories and play-off participation is firmly within their grasp.

They moved a step closer with last weekend’s win over Middlesbrough - and can do Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town a big favour with another success at lowly Coventry City on Sunday.

2: Hull City WDDWWW (unchanged).

Result of the season: Leeds United's Stuart Dallas celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the victory over Manchester City.

The Tigers have produced the sort of surge that separates the firm contenders for divisional titles from the wanabees.

At exactly the right juncture - ‘squeaky-bum time’ - Hull have hit some serious form, winning eight of their last ten League One fixtures to move into pole position.

Next up for Grant McCann’s side, the form team in the division, are successive home games with Fleetwood and Sunderland. The importance of the latter fixture simply speaks for itself.

3: Leeds United LLDWWW (unchanged).

Feeling down: Owls striker Josh Windass. Picture: Steve Ellis

In a season of highs, exhilaration and delectable entertainment, Leeds - quite fittingly - are saving the best for late on by the look of things.

A run of three successive top-flight wins represents their best form of the season, crowned by last weekend’s quite wonderful victory at Manchester City, a magnificent moment in the club’s sterling renaissance under Marcelo Bielsa.

It was the perfect hors d’oeuvre for back-to-back home assignments with Liverpool and Manchester United and let’s hope Leeds can have some more fun.

4: Rotherham United LWLLDW (up two).

Back in triumph: Former Huddersfield player Philip Billing celebrates scoring Bournemouth's opener at the John Smith's Stadium. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Not for the first time, the relegation-threatened Millers have produced a red-letter victory at a timely juncture - by way of Tuesday’s super come-from-behind success over QPR.

At the start of their ‘Week of Death’, it represents a precious development and should Paul Warne’s side beat Coventry on Thursday night, then they will move out of the Championship relegation zone.

It was United’s first home win in seven matches and a big psychological moment ahead of games against Coventry, Birmingham and Boro at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The ‘Great Escape’ mission is still on.

5: Bradford City LWWDWL (up two).

Just when the play-offs were appearing on the horizon, City picked a poorly-timed moment to succumb to their first home reverse of the Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars era in a 2-0 midweek loss to Crawley.

You had to go all the way back to December for the Bantams’ previous home reverse.

All things considered, City have come a long way since those dark days of early winter.

Reaching the League Two play-offs is still not impossible, but it would have been seriously achievable if three points had been secured on Tuesday night.

Still, it’s been an enjoyable ride. The talk last Christmas was of survival and not play-offs. It shows how far the club has travelled.

6: Middlesbrough WWLLDL (down two).

Boro’s fleeting hopes of the play-offs were nailed at Oakwell on Saturday, with the season now a playing-out exercise for Neil Warnock’s inconsistent Boro - who have lacked the forward punch to keep up with the top-six in the final analysis.

The Teessiders have lost three of their past four games and lost as many Championship matches (16) this term as they have won.

Ultimately, that is not good enough for a play-off contender.

7: Huddersfield Town WDDLDL (down two).

After Tuesday’s loss to Bournemouth, there will have been a sharp intake of breath at news of the result at Rotherham in the corridors of power at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield, with one win in their last 10 league matches, are a classic example of a side who are desperately hoping that there are three worse teams than themselves in the Championship survival picture in order to survive.

Five without a win, Town - who have conceded the most goals in the Championship - are scrambling around and will take a precious victory however it comes.

Hobbling to the line is the phrase. Let’s hope when they reach the tape, they still a second-tier club.

8: Sheffield Wednesday DWLWLL (up one).

Let’s face it, survival was always a long shot when Darren Moore came through the doors.

Wednesday are all but down and the fight looks over, no matter what the positive pronouncements are coming out from Hillsborough. They have too much to do now, surely.

After their fine win at Oakwell, the Owls needed to back it up with a run of victories. A brilliant performance against Cardiff was one thing, but three defeats in four games is another.

Wednesday have lost 10 of their past 13 matches and that is relegation form. Consistently inconsistent.

9: Harrogate Town LLDLLD (down one).

A long and eventual season is catching up with Harrogate, who are now winless in seven days and ranked 23rd in League Two’s latest six-match form guide.

Their position in the table is still a relatively healthy one and one that they would have taken back in September.

A significant moment of kudos in their season still awaits by way of Saturday’s home derby with Bradford City. Shame no punters are there.

10: Doncaster Rovers DLLLLL (unchanged).

Level on points and with three games in hand on Hull City on February 6, Rovers are now 22 points behind the leaders.

The phrase you are looking for is ‘freefall’.

Rovers are winless in nine matches and have lost seven of those games and have won just twice in their past 16 outings.

After pushing for automatic promotion in early February, Doncaster could now potentially finish in the bottom half of League One.

It has been the toughest of times for Andy Butler. Rovers are bottom of League One’s latest six-match form guide.

11: Sheffield United WLLLLL (unchanged).

A side who are desperate to be put out of their misery at the foot of the Premier League and it should not be too long now.

Seven away defeats in a row for the Blades, who go to Wolves on Saturday with the fat lady having cleared her throat.