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Sheffield Wednesday work a miracle

Jack Hunt stepped up and netted the crucial fifth and final penalty tonight, subsequently securing the Owls' a spot in the League One play-off final at Wembley on 29th of May, later this month.

Somehow despite Wednesday trailing 4-0 from the first leg at London Road, the Owls made a ridiculously impressive comeback which now stands as quite literally record breaking. The home team started off perfectly with Michael Smith converting a penalty within the first 10 minutes, which lit a fire under the fans at Hillsborough and had them all out their seats. Lee Gregory then tapped in another goal after just 25 minutes, making it 2-0. The momentum continued to swing in Wednesday's benefit in the second half, too as Reece James scored the third on the stroke of the 71st minute. But it was quite literally the last kick of the ball, in the dying of the 90 that caused Hillsborough to erupt. Liam Palmer scrambled in the equalizer, securing playoff history as the first team to make a comeback from the deficit and margin they had conceded in the first leg.

Posh, completely stunned, struggled to create any momentum going forward into extra time, but it was Gregory inadvertently deflecting a header from Nathan Thompson into his own net that put Peterborough once again in the lead. Nevertheless, Callum Paterson managed to poke the ball home on his second attempt in the second half of extra time, leading the match to a dreaded shootout.

While all other penalties were successfully converted, it was Dan Butler's penalty that hit the crossbar, dictating Posh goalkeeper Will Norris to save the final penalty or face another season in League One. Of course, it was the latter result. The stands almost imploded following Jack Hunt's winning pen, as the pitch filled up to the brim with Owl's fans.

We now look to tomorrow, as the League One playoff semi-finals conclude with either Bolton or Barnsley heading to Wembley to face Wednesday. Both teams currently drawing on aggregate going into tomorrow's fixture, making this even more interesting. It would be extremely disappointing for Wednesday not to go on to win the playoffs considering the phenomenal season they have had, at one point looking at automatic promotion for a while before a run of poor form. But unfortunately, football can be a cruel game. Bolton, Wednesday and Barnsley have all been on wonderous form within the past few weeks, showing all credentials of proven playoff contestants - only one is going up though.

Photo credit - @JaeDavies23 on Twitter With that being said, we of course predict that Wednesday will finally head back to the Championship at the end of the League One campaign after a 2 year absence, but it is extremely hard to overlook the impressive work Ian Evatt and Michael Duff have done with both respective clubs over the current season. Full-time: Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 Peterborough United (Sheffield Wednesday won 5-3 on penalties)

Attendance: 31,835

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