Saturday May 26, 2012 Final Finished Wembley

  1. Huddersfield promoted after shootout

    Huddersfield promoted after shootout

    Huddersfield Town clinched promotion to the Championship with an 8-7 win on penalties over Sheffield United at Wembley. More

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    Time:120'
    • Huddersfield Town
    • Sheffield United
    • - HUDDERSFIELD ARE PROMOTED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP! It finishes 8-7 on penalties - truly remarkable! Thanks for joining us.
    • 8-7 Steve Simonsen - MISSED! Simonsen balloons it over the crossbar, and HUDDERSFIELD ARE PROMOTED!
    • 8-7 Alex Smithies - GOAL! Smithies scores for Huddersfield - the keeper!
    • 7-7 Matthew Hill - GOAL! Another cracker, to the right and sends the keeper the wrong way!
    • 7-6 Sean Morrison - GOAL! Another penalty into the corner, and that's superb!
    • 6-6 Michael O'Halloran - GOAL! Another clinical strike down the middle!
    • 6-5 Jack Hunt - GOAL! Jack Hunt sends the keeper the wrong way once more, and this is remarkable!
    • 5-5 Michael Doyle - GOAL! Another composed penalty to the left, and it's level again!
    • 5-4 Callum Woods - GOAL! Woods is very cool as he sends the keeper the wrong way!
    • 4-4 Harry Maguire - GOAL! Maguire scores with another straight down the centre!
    • 4-3 Gary Roberts - GOAL! Roberts drills a fierce strike down the centre of the goal, and that's a cracker!
    • 3-3 Stephen Quinn - GOAL! Quinn sends the keeper the wrong way - great pen!
    • 3-2 Jordan Rhodes - GOAL! Rhodes very coolly sends the keeper the wrong way! All on Quinn now....
    • 2-2 Chris Porter - GOAL! Porter sends the keeper the wrong way with a very fine penalty, and that was very cool!
    • 2-1 Arfield - GOAL! Arfield sends the goalkeeper the wrong way, and that's a cracking penalty!
    • 1-1 Andy Taylor - MISSED! Taylor drills a low shot against the post, and this is astonishing!
    • 1-1 Peter Clarke - GOAL! That's how you do it - Clarke drills a low penalty to the left and Simonsen has no chance!
    • 0-1 Matthew Lowton - SAVED! Another very poor penalty which Smithies saves!
    • 0-1 Alan Lee - SAVED! It's a very soft penalty as Lee sends a tame penalty to the left, and Simonsen saves!
    • 0-1 Neill Collins - GOAL! He sends Smithies the wrong way - superb pen!
    • 0-0 Damien Johnson - MISSED! Johnson drags a hopeless penalty wide of the left post!
    • 0-0 Lee Williamson - SAVED! Smithies saves down low to his right - what a save!
    • 0-0 Tommy Miller - SAVED! Simonsen saves to his left, a poor penalty!
    • ET32' The final whistle goes in extra time, and penalties will now decide whether Sheffield United or Huddersfield Town are promoted to the Championship.
    • ET31' United make their final change as Montgomery comes off with Andy Taylor coming on in his place, and we are all set for penalties now.
    • ET30' There will be two added minutes at the end of this second half of extra time, and penalties await unless someone can produce something late on.
    • ET29' Clarke heads clear as a long ball comes into the box, and it's frantic defending from both sides in the closing minutes.
    • ET28' Lowton gets forward for United once more down the right, and he wins an attacking throw in which his side proceed to squander.
    • ET27' Scott Arfield comes on to replace Novak, and he gets a standing ovation from the Huddersfield fans.
    • ET26' Another poor delivery from Williamson sees a corner kick wasted, and it drifts out of play.
    • ET25' Johnson is booked for a cynical trip on Porter, but the resulting delivery from Williamson is poor and Smithies can gather.
    • ET23' Chance! Roberts whips over a fine delivery from a free-kick, with Nick Montgomery hooking the ball off the line as Clarke powers a header on target with Simonsen out of his goal.
    • ET21' Rhodes wins his side a free kick 30 yards out as Montgomery brings down the forward, and this is a good opportunity for Huddersfield.
    • ET20' What a save from Simonsen! Lee pounces on a loose ball to drive a low shot on target from inside the United box, but Simonsen makes a fine save down low to his left!
    • ET19' Michael O'Halloran comes on to replace Ryan Flynn, and Wilson makes his second change.
    • ET18' Lee bundles over Doyle out on the Huddersfield right, and he is penalised for his overly physical approach.
    • ET17' Collins manages to head clear as the delivery comes into the box, and United relieve the pressure once more.
    • ET16' Morrison does very well indeed to get to the right byline and win his side a corner kick, with six blue and white shirts inside the United box.
    • ET15' The second half of extra-time is underway, and Huddersfield immediately look to pick out Lee with a raking long pass from Clarke.
    • ET17' That's the half-time whistle in extra-time, and both sets of players again hastily grab drinks and have their hamstrings stretched out to relieve cramp.
    • ET17' Quinn does superbly to dance inside two challenges and fire a low shot on target, and Smithies is forced to parry to safety at his near post!
    • ET15' Flynn and Clarke each go down with cramp, and almost all the players are really struggling now.
    • ET13' Roberts does superbly to find Rhodes in the box, but again he is crowded out and United clear.
    • ET12' Williamson fouls Roberts as Huddersfield win a free kick, but just like the United one before it, the delivery is poor and the opportunity wasted.
    • ET10' The nimble-footed Quinn jinks past Johnson, who clips his heels and cynically concedes a free kick 25 yards out - this could be dangerous...
    • ET9' Danny Ward is withdrawn by Grayson as Alan Lee comes on to give Huddersfield a different option in extra-time.
    • ET8' Clarke throws himself at the ball as Flynn drives a low shot towards the target, and that's very fine defending.
    • ET6' Quinn continues to play superbly for United, and he gets down the left and whips over another fine cross which Porter cannot control.
    • ET4' Chance! A fine cross from Quinn to the back post picks out Porter, but Woods manages to get a touch on the ball to deflect it behind.
    • ET3' Sorensen again lumps a long ball up to Porter, but he is not managing to take the ball down under control at the moment.
    • ET2' A few players are already showing signs of suffering from cramp, and this will be a big test of their fitness.
    • ET1' Maguire again manages to clear under pressure from Novak inside the United box as Miller drives over a cross.
    • 90+2' United win a late corner, but Flynn unsuccessfully attempts to take it short and there goes the final whistle - we will have extra-time at Wembley!
    • 90+1' Roberts attempts to win a corner with a vehement appeal, but the referee is having none of it and signals for a goal kick.
    • 90' There will be just two added minutes at the end of the second half, and that is surprising. Another long throw in causes havoc in the United half, but Simonsen eventually gathers.
    • 89' Simonsen makes a superb catch as a long throw in comes into the box, and he immediately finds Porter with a long ball.
    • 88' Huddersfield are ending this second half very strongly as United make two blocks on the edge of their box.
    • 87' There are a lot of very tired players out there as both sides press forward, desperately searching for a winner.
    • 86' Chris Porter comes on to replace Cresswell as Wilson makes a substitution.
    • 85' Brilliant defending from Doyle! First Simonsen saves from a Clarke header, then Doyle does superbly to clear off the line as Morrison shoots towards the far corner of the net!
    • 83' Maguire does superbly to turn the ball behind for a corner as Rhodes charges through on goal.
    • 82' The last thing any of these players will want is to have to play another 30 minutes in this humid weather, but it certainly looks like being the case.
    • 81' Gary Roberts comes on to replace Higginbotham, and that's a wise move from Grayson.
    • 80' United continue to pile forward and apply the pressure, but Huddersfield are defending stoutly.
    • 79' Williamson continues to struggle with what looks to be cramp, and I can't believe he's still out there.
    • 77' Flynn drives a low shot wide of the near post as he scuffs his shot, and it really is difficult to see where a goal is going to come from in this match.
    • 76' Clarke heads clear as the delivery from Flynn comes into the box, and that's good defending.
    • 75' United throw bodies forward for this set piece as Doyle wins a free kick out on the left, and the delivery has to be good here...
    • 74' Both sets of supporters continue to make themselves heard, and the tension certainly hasn't led to a subdued atmosphere.
    • 73' United have the ball in their opponent's half right now, but so much of the play is in the air and neither side looks like scoring at the moment.
    • 71' Grayson is furious with his defenders for letting a high ball bounce inside their box, but no United player is able to capitalise.
    • 70' Quinn bursts into the Huddersfield box, but he drags a low shot wide of the far post, slightly off balance.
    • 69' Novak is absolutely furious with Higginbotham, who drives a low shot wide with little chance of hitting the target, while he had busted a gut to be in support.
    • 68' Wilson continues to march around his technical area with his arms crossed, and both managers are looking anxious right now.
    • 67' Woods loses the ball to Williamson, but Cresswell is increasingly isolated in his lone forward role.
    • 65' Huddersfield have a very good spell of possession with numerous balls coming into the box, but the deliveries are just not finding Rhodes and Novak at the moment.
    • 64' Montgomery battles away with Miller in midfield, and it remains very scrappy and tight in that area of the field.
    • 63' Higginbotham is booked for a very rash lunge on Lowton, and that was the right call. Still, it was not as bad as the challenge by Woods on Williamson earlier on.
    • 61' Many of the Huddersfield fans go up in celebration as Clarke rises imperiously to power a header down, which brushes the side netting on its way wide of the near post!
    • 59' Another corner kick comes over from United, but again Woods and Morrison combine to clear the high ball.
    • 58' Simonsen begins to come for a deep cross to the back post from Miller, but he wisely lets it go and run out of play.
    • 57' Rhodes is holding his head at one end after an aerial collision with Collins, while Williamson is holding his hamstring - is that cramp already?
    • 55' A long ball upfield towards Rhodes is intercepted by Collins, and he continues to mark the striker very effectively.
    • 53' Danny Wilson will be happier with how his side have settled in the last five minutes after Huddersfield stormed out for the second half.
    • 52' The players again grab drinks as there is a slight hold up in play, before United have a corner out on the right.
    • 51' The tempo of the match continues to be fast-paced despite the hot conditions at Wembley today, and neither side will want this to go to extra-time.
    • 50' Simonsen was comprehensively beaten by Ward's strike, and United will be very relieved to still have parity.
    • 49' It's been a very bright start to the second half from Huddersfield, and Simon Grayson's side look to be full of ideas early on.
    • 47' WARD HITS THE BAR! What a strike from the Huddersfield midfielder, who drives a stunning shot against the far corner of the crossbar from 25 yards out!
    • 46' The second half is underway at Wembley, and neither managed has deemed it necessary to make any changes just yet.
    • 45-1' The half-time whistle goes at Wembley, and it is goalless between Huddersfield and Sheffield United with a paucity of clear-cut chances on offer. It's understandably tight with so much at stake. What was your assessment of the half? What is your revised prediction? Get in touch with me on Twitter!
    • 45' There will be one added minute at the end of the first half as Huddersfield successfully clear from a corner kick.
    • 43' Lee Novak makes good ground down the left, but he runs out of space as United defend in numbers and he ends up losing the ball to Flynn.
    • 41' Flynn takes a direct free kick with his left foot from the left, but his delivery into the box is poor and Huddersfield clear away.
    • 40' Quinn and Doyle ensure that United keep the ball on halfway, but the latter's through ball for Cresswell is overhit.
    • 39' Maguire gets down the left, but his cross goes awry as no United players are able to get on the end of it.
    • 37' Flynn fouls Hunt as Huddersfield win themselves a free kick, and it remains pretty scrappy in this first half.
    • 35' Smithies looks very shaky as he comes a long way off his line and misses an attempted punch, with Cresswell unable to get the ball under control!
    • 33' United bide their time with some good build up play, and they are beginning to keep the ball much better now.
    • 31' This time Smithies makes a confident catch inside his box as a deep cross comes over from Williamson.
    • 29' Collins lumps the ball upfield as United find themselves rather under the cosh, and Huddersfield are enjoying some good possession.
    • 27' Huddersfield break from deep as Daniel Ward again gets down the flank and finds a decent cross, but he lacks options at the back post.
    • 25' Simon Grayson oversees his players grabbing fluids on the touchline as there is a slight hold up in play, and it really is a hot day.
    • 24' Doyle fouls Rhodes rather clumsily, and that was poor from the United midfielder as he concedes a needless free kick on halfway.
    • 23' Wilson is again out on the touchline barking orders at his players, and he is clearly not happy with the shape of his defence.
    • 22' United continue to keep the ball in their half, and it really is very tight in midfield as both sides scrap for the ascendancy.
    • 21' Lowton hammers a loose ball upfield once more, and the ball is back in Huddersfield's half.
    • 19' Simonsen almost gets his team into trouble as he horribly slices an attempted clearance, but fortunately for the keeper Collins is on hand to punt further upfield.
    • 18' Doyle wins the ball back for United once more, but neither side is able to stamp their authority on proceedings just yet.
    • 17' Rhodes produces a powerful run down the left, but his touch lets him down as he runs straight into Hill.
    • 15' United keep the ball in midfield to good effect, but Huddersfield harry and harry before eventually getting their reward for hard work with an interception.
    • 13' Danny Wilson is screaming at his back four as Daniel Ward is able to get beyond Lowton and drive across a low delivery.
    • 11' Alex Smithies looks very unconvincing in the Huddersfield goal early on, and he twice fails to deal with aerial deliveries into his box.
    • 9' Creswell unleashes a fierce shot from the edge of the Huddersfield box, but it is blocked superbly by Peter Clarke.
    • 7' Huddersfield have a corner out on the left which is far too deep from Damien Johnson, and Simonsen does well to punch clear.
    • 6' Williamson goes down very heavily as Callum Woods dives in with a horrid challenge high on the ankle. That could easily have been a card had the referee seen it - very high indeed.
    • 5' Neill Collins wins a powerful header at the back as he rises imperiously to meet the ball. Jordan Rhodes has barely had a touch thus far.
    • 4' Richard Cresswell will look to use all of his experience today as he challenges for the ball with Sean Morrison.
    • 3' Michael Doyle wins a free kick in his side's own half, and United keeper Steve Simonsen will lump this upfield.
    • 2' Matthew Hill sees a lot of the ball early on as the United defender takes a couple of throw ins down the flank. Both sets of supporters are in full voice.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Wembley, and Huddersfield keep the ball around halfway as they settle early on. The weather really is glorious.
    • 15:00 Finally, the pre-match formalities are over and we are all set for kick off at Wembley. The atmosphere is absolutely immense...
    • 14:55 Right, with the national anthems being warbled out, it's time for you all to post your pre-match predictions: what do you think the scoreline will be this afternoon and who are you backing to get on the scoresheet?
    • 14:50 Huddersfield lost 3-0 to Peterborough in the League One play-off final at Old Trafford last year and were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Millwall in the previous season's play-offs.
    • 14:45 The Blades are bidding for their first play-off final success after losing their previous three to Crystal Palace (1-0) in 1997, Wolves (3-0) in 2003 and Burnley (1-0) in 2009.
    • 14:40 Sheffield United's Richard Cresswell has struggled with a shoulder problem in recent weeks and missed the second leg of the Blades' 1-0 semi-final win over Stevenage due to an eye infection but the striker makes his 100th start for the club. However midfielder Kevin McDonald, who aggravated the hamstring that kept him out for seven matches in February and March in the second leg against Stevenage, is out and Nick Montgomery returns to the starting line-up.
    • 14:35 Skipper Peter Clarke continues alongside Sean Morrison in central defence, with Tommy Miller and Damien Johnson in central midfield, Danny Ward and Kallum Higginbotham on the wings and 40-goal striker Jordan Rhodes continuing his partnership with Lee Novak up front.
    • 14:30 Huddersfield goalkeeper Ian Bennett has been ruled out. Bennett injured his hand in the return leg of the semi-final win over MK Dons and was replaced by Alex Smithies, who continues in goal. Midfielder Scott Arfield is on the bench after an ankle problem.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Morrison, Peter Clarke, Woods, Higginbotham, Johnson, Miller, Ward, Novak, Rhodes. Subs: Colgan, Roberts, Tom Clarke, Arfield, Lee /// Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Hill, Williamson, Montgomery, Doyle, Flynn, Quinn, Cresswell. Subs: Howard, Taylor, McAllister, Porter, O'Halloran
    • 14:20 The match remains scheduled for a 3pm kick-off but thousands of fans have been hit by severe traffic problems. The M1 motorway was blocked southbound on Saturday morning following an accident involving a coach and a car near Junction 10, close to Luton, shortly before 6.55am, with drivers advised to take alternative routes.
    • 14:15 Huddersfield face npower Sheffield United at Wembley in the League One play-off final with a place in the Championship at stake.
  • Summary

    • - HUDDERSFIELD ARE PROMOTED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP! It finishes 8-7 on penalties - truly remarkable! Thanks for joining us.
    • 8-7 Steve Simonsen - MISSED! Simonsen balloons it over the crossbar, and HUDDERSFIELD ARE PROMOTED!
    • 8-7 Alex Smithies - GOAL! Smithies scores for Huddersfield - the keeper!
    • 7-7 Matthew Hill - GOAL! Another cracker, to the right and sends the keeper the wrong way!
    • 7-6 Sean Morrison - GOAL! Another penalty into the corner, and that's superb!
    • 6-6 Michael O'Halloran - GOAL! Another clinical strike down the middle!
    • 6-5 Jack Hunt - GOAL! Jack Hunt sends the keeper the wrong way once more, and this is remarkable!
    • 5-5 Michael Doyle - GOAL! Another composed penalty to the left, and it's level again!
    • 5-4 Callum Woods - GOAL! Woods is very cool as he sends the keeper the wrong way!
    • 4-4 Harry Maguire - GOAL! Maguire scores with another straight down the centre!
    • 4-3 Gary Roberts - GOAL! Roberts drills a fierce strike down the centre of the goal, and that's a cracker!
    • 3-3 Stephen Quinn - GOAL! Quinn sends the keeper the wrong way - great pen!
    • 3-2 Jordan Rhodes - GOAL! Rhodes very coolly sends the keeper the wrong way! All on Quinn now....
    • 2-2 Chris Porter - GOAL! Porter sends the keeper the wrong way with a very fine penalty, and that was very cool!
    • 2-1 Arfield - GOAL! Arfield sends the goalkeeper the wrong way, and that's a cracking penalty!
    • 1-1 Andy Taylor - MISSED! Taylor drills a low shot against the post, and this is astonishing!
    • 1-1 Peter Clarke - GOAL! That's how you do it - Clarke drills a low penalty to the left and Simonsen has no chance!
    • 0-1 Matthew Lowton - SAVED! Another very poor penalty which Smithies saves!
    • 0-1 Alan Lee - SAVED! It's a very soft penalty as Lee sends a tame penalty to the left, and Simonsen saves!
    • 0-1 Neill Collins - GOAL! He sends Smithies the wrong way - superb pen!
    • 0-0 Damien Johnson - MISSED! Johnson drags a hopeless penalty wide of the left post!
    • 0-0 Lee Williamson - SAVED! Smithies saves down low to his right - what a save!
    • 0-0 Tommy Miller - SAVED! Simonsen saves to his left, a poor penalty!
    • ET23' Chance! Roberts whips over a fine delivery from a free-kick, with Nick Montgomery hooking the ball off the line as Clarke powers a header on target with Simonsen out of his goal.
    • ET20' What a save from Simonsen! Lee pounces on a loose ball to drive a low shot on target from inside the United box, but Simonsen makes a fine save down low to his left!
    • ET17' Quinn does superbly to dance inside two challenges and fire a low shot on target, and Smithies is forced to parry to safety at his near post!
    • ET4' Chance! A fine cross from Quinn to the back post picks out Porter, but Woods manages to get a touch on the ball to deflect it behind.
    • 85' Brilliant defending from Doyle! First Simonsen saves from a Clarke header, then Doyle does superbly to clear off the line as Morrison shoots towards the far corner of the net!
    • 61' Many of the Huddersfield fans go up in celebration as Clarke rises imperiously to power a header down, which brushes the side netting on its way wide of the near post!
    • 47' WARD HITS THE BAR! What a strike from the Huddersfield midfielder, who drives a stunning shot against the far corner of the crossbar from 25 yards out!
    • 35' Smithies looks very shaky as he comes a long way off his line and misses an attempted punch, with Cresswell unable to get the ball under control!
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Morrison, Peter Clarke, Woods, Higginbotham, Johnson, Miller, Ward, Novak, Rhodes. Subs: Colgan, Roberts, Tom Clarke, Arfield, Lee /// Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Hill, Williamson, Montgomery, Doyle, Flynn, Quinn, Cresswell. Subs: Howard, Taylor, McAllister, Porter, O'Halloran

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