Sheffield Wednesday breeze past Brighton into the Championship play-off final

By Edward Evans

@journoedd

 

Sheffield Wednesday saw off a relentless Brighton team last night in a 3-1 aggregate win, which confirms the Owls’ place in the Championship play-off final.

After a comprehensive 2-0 win at Hillsborough last week, Sheffield Wednesday only needed to draw against the Seagulls last night in order to cement their place at Wembley.

The tie got off to a shaky start for Wednesday, as Lewis Dunk put the home side in front with a 19th minute volley.

Eddie Hoyland, an Owls fan, said: “The first twenty minutes was an absolute massacre. Brighton brought everything they had and I feared for Wednesday big time.”

However, the Owls quickly levelled through Ross Wallace’s attempted cross just ten minutes later.

“Our goal settled some nerves and then as we weathered the storm Brighton punched themselves out.”

The score remained at 1-1, and Sheffield Wednesday now progress to Wembley after winning 3-1 on aggregate.

Craig Nicholson, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, said: “It still hasn’t really sunk in. We went into the playoffs as the underdogs with no expectations, but I think over the two legs we deserved it.”

On 28 May 2016, Sheffield Wednesday will face either Derby or Hull City in the Championship play-off final.

Hull City beat Derby 3-0 in the first leg at the iPro Stadium last week, and look extremely likely to secure their place in the final tonight.

“On our day we’re a match for any side in this division so we can definitely beat either side.

“They’ve both got some quality players but so have we. We fear nobody.”

Sheffield Wednesday haven’t featured in the top tier of English football in 16 years, and have endured a torrid spell of difficulties on and off the pitch ever since.

“Sixteen years in the wilderness has been hard to take, and purely from a financial point of view with the reward of promotion is mind-blowing.

“To see Wednesday get back to where we belong would be up there with the best moments of my life. I can’t wait.”

 

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