Three quickfire goals towards the end of a finely-balanced League One play-off final gave Peterborough United victory over Lee Clark’s Huddersfield Town, who gave an impressive performance for long periods before finally succumbing to strikes from Tommy Rowe, Craig Mackail-Smith and Grant McCann.
Peterborough were unchanged from their semi-final second leg win over Milton Keynes Dons, while Huddersfield kept top scorer Jordan Rhodes on the bench with Arsenal loanee Benik …
Championship – Reading v Swansea City
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Last 10 results
Last 5 scorelines
Reading: 3-0, 0-0, 2-1, 0-0, 2-3
Swansea: 3-1, 0-0, 4-0, 2-0, 4-1
Reading: Kept clean sheets in last 4 away games
Swansea: Kept clean sheets in last 3 away games
Unbeaten league run
Reading: 4 games
Swansea: 6 games
Goals scored in last 10 games
The play-off system is oft-criticised, writes John Verrall. Few can argue that it offers drama in abundance, but it also regularly stops the most deserving team, by league position, from getting promoted.
Should a team that finished 6th in the league table really get promoted ahead of the team that finished 3rd? Despite creating fairytales — take Blackpool and Dagenham from last season — they can also create a …
You don’t always get what you deserve in life. Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes things don’t quite work out as they should. In truth, the concept of a team “deserving to win” is a slightly odd one. Nevertheless, Huddersfield Town and Peterborough United both deserved to go to Old Trafford after each proving their superiority over all but two clubs during the League One season and then showing their mettle …
Andrew Gibney of the marvellous Gib Football Show podcast was kind enough to host a play-off podcast special, featuring myself and Seventy Two contributor John Verrall, following the final whistle at the Cardiff City Stadium last night.
You can listen to our thoughts here (right-click on the link and Save Target As to download):