EFL: Sheffield Wednesday promoted to Championship - the Owls score in final minute winner against Barnsley

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Josh Windass scores final minute winner in dramatic League One play-off final

After 122 minutes of 0-0, it looked as if the League One play-off finals were heading in a similar vain to both the League Two and Championship play-off finals.

Substitions took place as the both Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley prepared for a penalty shoot-out to determine who would reach next year’s Championship season. However, just when the commentators had started discussing the penalties, Josh Windass finally found the back of the net and secured promotion for Sheffield Wednesday.

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Barnsley were forced to play the majority of the second half with ten men after Adam Phillips was sent off for a straight end following a poor challenge on the Owls’ Lee Gregory and they lasted nearly the entirety of the remaining time fine.

Sheffield Wednesday amassed 96 points this season but had been unable to secure automatic promotion after Plymouth and Ipswich took the two spots. However, they will now join their former League One colleagues in the second tier of English football when the 2023/24 season starts.

Wednesday were last in the Championship in 2020 but suffered relegation after finishing in 24th position. They had enjoyed nearly ten years in the second tier of EFL previously and will now head back up.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, goalscorer Windass said: “It’s one of the fan bases in the country. I’ve played for a couple of big clubs but look at this, it’s unbelievable.

“We’ve been good on the pitch this year. The club’s got a lot of work to do to catch up with the other clubs off the pitch, but hopefully we can do that and start being the giant club that we are.”

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