Plymouth Go Through To Play Off Final
As the final day of the Premier League football season was something of a damp squib, with only a 4th placed finish at stake, I thought today we would check out the play-offs so far and who the winners and losers have been.
The first team to qualify for a play off final has been Plymouth Argyle after beating Portsmouth over two titanic battles against their great rivals in front of huge crowds in both legs. After drawing the 1st leg 2-2 in Portsmouth, Plymouth beat them 1-0 at home, the goal coming in stoppage time from Peter Hartley. Although it took them until late in the game to score they had dominated the game and missed a host of chances.
In the League 2 play off final they will play either AFC Wimbledon or Accrington Stanley. AFC Wimbledon just have their noses in front after the 1st leg, winning 1-0 but they certainly could have been more convincing winners and now Accrington need to find their scoring boots again for the Wham Stadium on Wednesday evening after the normally prolific outfit have not scored in the last two games. Accrington will kick themselves if they don`t reach Wembley after losing out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season.
Moving into League 1 and there was an emphatic home performance by Barnsley in the 1st leg of their play off as they swept Walsall aside 3-0, with Sam Winnall scoring a brace. No team has ever turned over a 3 goal deficit in a play off 2nd leg so the odds are stacked against Walsall. And it is pretty much the same situation in the other League 1 play off as Millwall played superbly in defeating Bradford 3-1 away from home. For Bradford to go to Millwall and overturn that score will take a gargantuan effort which I am afraid will probably be beyond them.
In the Championship play offs Hull City secured an excellent 3-0 win away at Derby County and are firm favourites to progress through to the big play off final. Derby were very disappointing in front of a big crowd and they were booed off at the end of the game. In the other semi final Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at home to Brighton who were unlucky to receive 4 injuries during the game which meant they finished the game with 10 men. It is all to play for though in the 2nd leg at their place!