League One - Wednesday beat United to promotion

Sat, 05 May 16:51:00 2012

Sheffield Wednesday claimed the second automatic promotion spot in League One ahead of city rivals United thanks to a 2-0 home win over Wycombe on the final day of the season.

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Goals from Michail Antonio and Nile Ranger saw the Owls return to the second tier after a two-year absence in front of 38,082 fans.

United drew 2-2 at Exeter, and with Wednesday winning, it was not enough.

Antonio struck in the 25th minute to calm nerves at Hillsborough. Wednesday needed to either win or match United's result to go up behind division winners Charlton, who ended the season with a 3-2 win over Hartlepool at The Valley.

Dave Jones's side never looked in danger: they dominated the match, earning 55 per cent of the possession and 18 shots. Wanderers had only three shots, and none on target.

United went behind on 24 minutes, Alan Gow scoring for the Grecians, but Lee Williamson and Kevin McDonald were on target on 44 and 47 minutes for the Blades to worry Owls fans.

However Ranger struck on 52 minutes to ensure that the blue half of the Steel City would be celebrating - and Scot Bennett equalised for Exeter in injury time to rub United's nose in it.

The Blades now enter the play-offs, and will play Stevenage after they snatched the final play-off spot with a 3-0 win over Bury which saw them finish ahead of Notts County - 4-1 winners over Colchester - comfortably on goal difference.

Carlisle's challenge ended with a 2-1 loss at Oldham.

Huddersfield and MK Dons were already assured of their play-off spots and have known they'll be facing each other for some time. The Terriers bagged fourth place behind United - and home advantage in the second leg - thanks to a 2-0 victory at home to Yeovil as the Dons went down 1-0 at home to Walsall to drop down a place.

Rochdale, Exeter City, Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers were already relegated before the day's fixtures.

Exeter and Wycombe were already relegated before the day's fixtures, as were already relegated before the day's fixtures, as were Rochdale and Chesterfield.

The latter sides ended their stay in the third tier with defeats. Chesterfield went down 3-2 at home to Brentford while Rochdale were beaten 2-1 at Leyton Orient.

In the other final-day matches, Oldham won 2-1 at home to Carlisle, Tranmere drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe at Prenton Park and Bournemouth beat Preston 1-0 at home.

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  1. Great for Wednesday but would also like to see United­ up there as well the rivallry between the 2 teams helps­ spur them on and the Derbys are great for the City

    From CRAIG, on Mon 7 May 20:45
  2. Well done David Jones and the outstanding Blue and­ White Wizards you have made us so proud as for united i­ dont care what they do because the city is ours and­ dont you forget it pigs

    From David, on Sun 6 May 20:43
  3. Well done Wednesday, from a blade. You deserved it.­ Since Jones arrived you've had a phenomenal run. I­ thought Mandaric had made a big mistake getting rid of­ Megson, now I wish he had kept him . Mandaric looks to­ be the owls saviour. Hope the blades will join you via­ the playoffs, but have to say I fancy Huddersfield more­ than us, our record in playoffs is abysmal. Good luck­ in the championship.

    From J, on Sun 6 May 17:37
  4. Great to see Wednesday promoted and nearer the­ position they should be. I would like United to go up­ via the playoffs. Sheffield needs both teams to be in­ the Championship and, hopefully, the Premiership soon.

    From JOHN, on Sun 6 May 12:14
  5. Well done wednesday, hope to join you soon, HTFC !

    From MADE IN YORKSHIRE, on Sun 6 May 10:21
  6. Even though I am a Blades fan I will show the respect­ for Wednesday they deserve here. Their manager has­ really boosted them lately and to be honest both­ Sheffield teams are worthy of the Championship. United­ were foolish to rely on Wycombe to do us a favour today­ because we should have done the job ourselves in the­ past month and not allowed Wednesday to catch us. ­ I'm not bitter at SWFC, I'm just disappointed­ we 'lost' Ched Evans at such a crucial stage of­ the season. Oh well.....

    From Lord Heath, on Sat 5 May 22:29
  7. Unlucky for Sheffield United but you can be comforted­ by the fact that the Wormwood Scrubs prisoners team is­ now rocketing to the top of their league.

    From Anthony, on Sat 5 May 21:35
  8. Well done to Wednesday. Good to see Sheffields best­ supported club heading back in the right direction­ again. United always love going to Wembley. Its just­ the return journey they don't like. Remember Alan­ Cork shaving off his "lucky" beard.

    From David, on Sat 5 May 19:46
  9. By the way Jimmy, being a sheffielder, and knowing the­ history of the Sheffield clubs, The reason they call­ sheffield 'wednesday', was because the­ shopkeepers, and Butchers shut on Wednesday­ afternoon.Thats when sheffield wednesday­ played.Sheffield United's nickname of­ 'Pigs', came from the red stripe on­ bacon.Either get your facts right, or stfu

    From David R, on Sat 5 May 19:40
  10. Well done Wednesday and I wish United all the best in­ the play offs, let's make it a Sheffield double.­ The comment earlier about Pigs is not true, the­ nickname pigs came about, the Blades playing in red and­ white, the same colour as bacon

    From happy feet, on Sat 5 May 19:21
  11. Well done the Wednesday, not a supporter but always­ think highly of them. Well done

    From JON, on Sat 5 May 19:06
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    Also of interest Sheffield Wednesday get their name­ from the fact that on any given Wednesday all their­ male supporters hang around public toilets.

    From MARTIN L, on Sat 5 May 17:34
  13. Well done to the Blue 'n' White Wizards! Nice­ to see the true Sheffield team rise once again. BTW,­ did you know Sheffield United's nickname "The­ Pigs" originates because they used to be a local­ butcher's team. That's why they play in red and­ white and they used to have trotters for refreshments­ at half time rather than oranges ... strange but true!

    From Jimmy, on Sat 5 May 17:24
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