Sheffield United are relegated to League One after drawing against Barnsley, although even a win would not have been enough to save them.

Danny Haynes's cool finish put the Tykes in front but the hosts levelled via Matthew Lowton after 39 minutes.

Lee Williamson's speculative effort was fumbled into his own net by Luke Steele but Haynes grabbed a late equaliser.

Relegation rivals Crystal Palace and Doncaster assured their survival with draws against Hull and Leicester.

Those results meant United would have gone down even if they had won because the Blades began the day six points adrift of safety with two games to play.

It had looked as if they would take their fate to the final day as they led for much of the second half, with the other results going their way.

But Doncaster's draw with Leicester and Crystal Palace's late equaliser against Hull ensured United will be playing third tier football for the first time since 1989 next season.

For the Barnsley fans, who have had to endure a flat end to the campaign, sending their South Yorkshire rivals down was a moment to savour, but their side have won only one of their past nine games and will be looking forward to the close season.

Despite winning their previous two games there was an air of inevitability around Bramall Lane, with United knowing that even another victory may not be enough to keep them up.

It was a pulsating start to the game and the hosts could twice have taken the lead in the opening five minutes, with Williamson's low drive saved by Steele and Stephen Quinn firing an effort inches wide of the angle.

Barnsley hit back, though, and wasted a golden chance when Jacob Mellis blazed over after ghosting through the Blades defence.

But the Tykes made amends and went ahead with 15 minutes on the clock when Haynes raced clear following Harry Maguire's slip and calmly slotted past Steve Simonsen for his fifth league goal of the season.

Neither defence were covering themselves in much glory with several errors leading to scrambles and last-ditch tackles in both penalty areas.

So it was no surprise when the Blades drew level six minutes before the break when Lowton powered in a header from Williamson's dangerous free-kick.

The home side continued in the ascendancy after the restart and they took the lead thanks to a calamitous error by Barnsley goalkeeper Steele on the hour.

A loose ball fell to Williamson and he drilled in a low effort that Steele inexplicably let through his hands and into the net.

United could not capitalise though and after Simonsen had pulled off a sublime save to deny Kieran Trippier, Barnsley drew level with six minutes remaining.

Haynes stole in to head home Matt Hill's cross and ensure the curtain came down on Championship football at Bramall Lane in disappointing fashion for the hosts.

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90:00 +8:01 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +6:42

Nathan Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. A cross is delivered by Lee Williamson, Header from close in by Harry Maguire misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +4:33

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Williamson, David McAllister takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a comfortable save.

90:00 +4:15

David McAllister takes a shot. Kieran Trippier gets a block in.

89:15

Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

89:15 Substitution

Substitution Richard Cresswell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Mattock.

89:15

Unfair challenge on Joe Mattock by Andy Gray results in a free kick.

89:15 Booking

Booking Shane Lowry is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

89:09 Booking

Booking Andy Gray receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

87:55 Booking

Booking Kieran Trippier booked for time wasting.

86:38

Kieran Trippier crosses the ball, Danny Haynes takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.

85:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Kieran Trippier.

84:26

Unfair challenge on Lee Williamson by Matthew Hill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Williamson.

83:27

Assist by Matthew Hill.

83:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Haynes - Sheff Utd 2 - 2 Barnsley Danny Haynes grabs a headed goal from close range. Sheff Utd 2-2 Barnsley.

82:55

Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield.

81:45

Shane Lowry challenges Jacob Butterfield unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Kieran Trippier from the free kick, save made by Steve Simonsen.

81:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Gray. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

80:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Shackell by Darius Henderson. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.

80:06

Matthew Lowton produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

79:42

Matthew Lowton takes the free kick.

79:42 Booking

Booking Booking for Jordan Clark for unsporting behaviour.

79:24

Jordan Clark challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:39

Stephen Foster concedes a free kick for a foul on Darius Henderson. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

78:12

The ball is crossed by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

78:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ched Evans. Kieran Trippier takes the direct free kick.

77:14

Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.

77:14 Substitution

Substitution Bobby Hassell goes off and Jordan Clark comes on.

77:14 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Nick Montgomery for unsporting behaviour.

77:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Hill by Nick Montgomery.

76:44

Shot by Danny Haynes. Joe Mattock gets a block in.

76:09

Nick Montgomery decides to take the corner short.

76:04

The ball is crossed by Lee Williamson, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

75:46

Short corner worked by Nick Montgomery.

75:34

Nick Montgomery takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Doyle.

74:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jacob Butterfield, Header by Bobby Hassell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

74:33

Jacob Butterfield sends in a cross, Matthew Lowton gets a block in.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Ched Evans comes on in place of Jordan Slew.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Bjorn Helge Riise goes off and David McAllister comes on.

69:05

Andy Gray fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Hill restarts play with the free kick.

68:04

Jordan Slew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

67:09

Centre by Matthew Lowton, comfortable save by Luke Steele.

64:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jacob Butterfield, Darius Henderson manages to make a clearance.

60:36

Nick Montgomery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Bobby Hassell.

59:56

Foul by Andy Gray on Joe Mattock, free kick awarded. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

58:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Williamson - Sheff Utd 2 - 1 Barnsley Goal scored by Lee Williamson from outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-1 Barnsley.

57:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darius Henderson on Stephen Foster. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.

55:39

Stephen Quinn fouled by Kieran Trippier, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bjorn Helge Riise.

54:50

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson from the left by-line, Kieran Trippier manages to make a clearance.

54:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery by Andy Gray. Shane Lowry takes the free kick.

53:23

Corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line, Headed effort from close range by Darius Henderson goes wide left of the goal.

52:18 Substitution

Substitution Reuben Noble-Lazarus is brought on as a substitute for Jacob Mellis.

52:01

Matthew Lowton produces a cross, Close range header by Darius Henderson goes wide of the left-hand post.

51:22

The ball is swung over by Joe Mattock, save by Luke Steele.

51:08

Joe Mattock takes a shot. Blocked by Bobby Hassell.

50:49

Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Jason Shackell gets a block in.

49:14

A cross is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, clearance by Jason Shackell.

49:06

The ball is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, blocked by Jason Shackell.

47:16

The official flags Joe Mattock offside. Luke Steele takes the free kick.

46:46

Shot from just outside the area by Jacob Mellis misses to the right of the target.

45:19

Foul by Harry Maguire on Danny Haynes, free kick awarded. Matthew Hill restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:48

Lee Williamson has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.

45:00 +0:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Shackell by Darius Henderson. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.

45:00 +0:27

Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

45:00 +0:27 Booking

Booking Jacob Butterfield goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:07

Foul by Jacob Butterfield on Matthew Lowton, free kick awarded.

44:23

Shot from deep inside the area by Matthew Lowton goes over the bar.

42:19

Shot by Jordan Slew. Blocked by Jason Shackell.

42:05

Matthew Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Slew. Free kick taken by Jordan Slew.

41:37

Bjorn Helge Riise takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.

41:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Gray. Shane Lowry takes the free kick.

40:22

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson from the left by-line, save by Luke Steele.

40:04

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson from the left by-line to the near post, Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

39:55

Stephen Quinn delivers the ball, blocked by Bobby Hassell.

38:56

Unfair challenge on Jacob Mellis by Lee Williamson results in a free kick. Jacob Butterfield crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.

38:06

Assist by Lee Williamson.

38:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Lowton - Sheff Utd 1 - 1 Barnsley Matthew Lowton grabs a headed goal from close in. Sheff Utd 1-1 Barnsley.

37:22

Lee Williamson crosses the ball,

37:22 Booking

Booking The referee books Bobby Hassell for unsporting behaviour.

37:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Hassell on Jordan Slew.

36:44

Lee Williamson delivers the ball, clearance made by Kieran Trippier.

36:12

Short corner taken by Lee Williamson.

35:43

The referee penalises Danny Haynes for handball. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

35:19

The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn, comfortable save by Luke Steele.

33:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jordan Slew. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.

32:08

Kieran Trippier delivers the ball.

30:40

Foul by Andy Gray on Matthew Lowton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

25:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jacob Butterfield, Nick Montgomery manages to make a clearance.

24:44

The ball is swung over by Matthew Hill, Andy Gray takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

23:43

The ball is crossed by Joe Mattock, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.

22:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Hassell on Stephen Quinn. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.

19:52

Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Blocked by Bobby Hassell.

18:22

Unfair challenge on Jordan Slew by Matthew Hill results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

17:45

Corner taken by Kieran Trippier from the right by-line.

16:08

Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.

14:18

Assist on the goal came from Nathan Doyle.

14:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Haynes - Sheff Utd 0 - 1 Barnsley Danny Haynes finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-1 Barnsley.

11:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Slew on Matthew Hill. Free kick taken by Matthew Hill.

10:55

Effort on goal by Harry Maguire from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

10:15

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stephen Quinn, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

6:53

Matthew Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Bjorn Helge Riise. Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

6:02

Danny Haynes is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

5:22

Close range effort by Jacob Mellis clears the crossbar.

4:01

Stephen Quinn takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

3:48

Short corner worked by Stephen Quinn.

3:24

Lee Williamson takes the outswinging corner, Bobby Hassell makes a clearance.

2:34

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jacob Butterfield, clearance by Joe Mattock.

2:25

The ball is crossed by Jacob Butterfield, Lee Williamson manages to make a clearance.

1:53

Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield from the left by-line, Shane Lowry manages to make a clearance.

1:46

A cross is delivered by Kieran Trippier, clearance by Matthew Lowton.

0:51

Lee Williamson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Luke Steele.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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