Sheffield United had to keep the champagne on ice but they moved closer to promotion with a 2-0 win over Coventry at Bramall Lane.
A return to the Sky Bet Championship could have been secured if results went their way and second-half goals from Leon Clarke and John Fleck kept up United’s side of the bargain.
But Fleetwood’s win at Oxford means Chris Wilder’s men will have to wait until they visit Northampton on Saturday – Wilder’s former club – to seal their return to the second tier.
The Blades, who are now unbeaten in 12, were not at their best in the first half, but they should have led in the 23rd minute when James Hanson was presented with a fine chance which he embarrassingly blazed over.
After Ruben Lameiras missed an equally good chance to steal the lead for Coventry when he shot straight at Simon Moore early in the second half, United clinched the game with two goals in five minutes.
Clarke broke the deadlock in the 70th minute when he converted Fleck’s cross from close range and then Fleck made the game safe with a fine solo goal, stroking home from 18 yards after a surging run to leave Coventry perilously close to leaving the division at the other end.