EFL Championship playoffs, schedule, scores: Huddersfield crush Luton’s Premier League dreams with a late winner

The richest prize in sport is tantalizingly close at hand as three teams are still standing in the EFL Championship. Only one from Huddersfield, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest can join Fulham and Bournemouth in next season’s Premier League; the battle to escape the playoffs is already underway. First place in the final has been booked by Huddersfield with either Sheffield United or Nottingham Forest joining them at Wembley on May 29.

Here is the schedule and the latest updates:

semi-final schedule

(All times US/Eastern)

Friday, May 13
City of Luton 1, City of Huddersfield 1

Saturday, May 14
Sheffield United 1, Nottingham Forest 2

Monday, May 16
Huddersfield Town 1, Luton Town 0

Tuesday, May 17
Nottingham Forest vs. Sheffield United, 2:45 p.m. on ESPN+

Final

Sunday, May 29
Sheffield United/Nottingham Forest vs. Huddersfield, TBD on ESPN+

Home court advantage sees the Terriers through

First place in the final was secured with Jordan Rhodes breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute for a 1–0 win (2–1 on aggregate) over Luton Town. Sorba Thomas provided the assist after coming into the game after 61 minutes. There will be a slight concern about the final as Danny Ward had to be pulled before the half, but there is plenty of time (nearly two weeks before the final) for the Terrier’s top scorer recovers.

Things were level after the first leg, where Daniel Sinani’s early goal was disallowed before half-time by Sonny Bradley in a tense affair in Bedfordshire. Luton were chasing a top-flight place that would have capped an eight-year promotion from outside the league to the Premier League, it was to be expected that Luton would show nerves from the start. But they were able to battle Huddersfield on both legs until they ran out of steam at the end of the second leg.

The Terriers thought they were already ahead when Tom Lees hit the back of the net, but their chance was ruled out due to a foul. Fixed game dominance was a sign of things to come. Ward was replaced by Jordan Rhodes, who knows a thing or two about scoring in the big moments. After Sorba Thomas entered the game, the Terriers were able to create more chances, leading to their eventual winner and a place at Wembley. Tuesday will determine whether Nottingham Forest will join or Sheffield United can return away from home.

Luton may have missed out on the playoffs, but hopefully their impressive run will be something they can build on next season. Compared to the Championship high rollers, spending $1.8 million on your squad deserves a pat on the back from the recruiting team. If Luton can continue to improve, they could be back in the playoffs next season with an improved team.

For Huddersfield, they will expect Ward to be fit for the final. If he isn’t, Rhodes will be up for the job as well as defending him. Lee Nicholls made six saves in the second leg and considering the strength of the attacks he could face, he will be called up again at Wembley.

forest of first blood

Forest are in a strong position heading into their return leg with the Blades after their 2-1 win at Bramall Lane via an early Colback goal and Johnson’s second-half effort on Saturday. Berge pulled one back for the hosts in added time.

The game started well for Paul Heckingbottom’s men in front of a raucous crowd, and Sander Berge was unlucky enough to have his penalty cries rebuffed after tangling with James Garner. However, the visitors took the lead soon after with Sam Surridge setting up Philip Zinkernagel for an effort that was saved by Wes Foderingham before Colback finished on the rebound.

The home goalkeeper would be needed again in the first half, but the next chance came for the Blades with a header from John Egan off a Berge corner that Surridge cleared over the line. Foderingham then produced an excellent double save to deny Surridge and then Brennan Johnson in quick succession towards the end of an absorbing first half at Sheffield that Forest really should have led more comfortably.

Johnson, one of the revelations of the season, doubled Forest’s lead in the 71st minute when the 20-year-old finished after John Fleck initially blocked a Joe Lolley effort. Brennan’s father, former Reds favorite David, also scored for the club against the Blades in the playoff semifinals 19 years ago.

The drama didn’t end there with a vital block from Egan to deny Johnson a second after Djed Spence had picked him up before Berge touched Jack Robinson’s header with a questionable keeper from Brice Samba, meaning there’s now everything. in Game. Nottingham next week.

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