Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Peterborough (5-5 ag – 5-3 in the bullpen): Owls pull off one of the greatest comebacks ever as they overturn a four-goal first leg deficit – before winning on penalties – to reserve a place in the League 1 game – excluding the final at Wembley
- Strikes from Matt Smith and Lee Gregory gave the hosts the perfect start
- Reece James made it 3-0 before Liam Palmer scored a fourth goal in the 98th minute
- Dan Butler missed the decisive penalty, hitting the bar with Boro’s second kick
Sheffield Wednesday staged a sensational comeback to beat Peterborough in the League One play-off semi-final as they overcame a 4-0 deficit to win on penalties.
Smith gave the Owls the start they needed by burying an eighth-minute penalty to send Hillsborough into a frenzy.
Lee Gregory then made it 2-0 before the quarter-hour mark to exploit Callum Paterson’s cross shot.
The hosts then remarkably secured a third with 20 minutes remaining, as Reece James beat Will Norris with a neat finish from a tight angle to set up a nervous finish for the visitors, who risked blowing their four-goal deficit in the first leg.
And in the eighth minute of added time, Sheffield Wednesday completed their miraculous comeback as Liam Palmer returned Flint’s header to send the tie into extra time.
While Wednesday had the moment, they had it all to do again when hero Gregory turned into his own net in the first half of extra time.
Wednesday, once again responded through Calum Paterson to make it 5-1 on the night and 5-5 on aggregate, which forced the tie to go to penalties.
Dan Butler hit the bar on Boro’s second kick, and the others were placed with Wednesday’s clinic and booked their place at Wembley.
Full match report to follow
Liam Palmer scored in the 112th minute to make it 5-1 and 5-5 on aggregate in a thrilling tie
Sheffield Wednesday pulled off the most remarkable comeback to send their draw into extra time
Liam Palmer scored in the 98th minute to erase Peterborough’s four-goal deficit in the first leg
Peterborough players have their heads in their hands after conceding in the dying moments
Matt Smith (right) gave the hosts a brilliant start by converting an eighth-minute penalty
Owls forward Smith stepped up to convert the penalty to give the Owls the desired start
Smith (left) sends Posh keeper Will Norris (centre) the wrong way with his kick
Lee Gregory celebrates after doubling Sheffield Wednesday’s lead in the first half
Gregory was in the right place at the right time to return Callum Paterson’s shot (not pictured)
Reece James gave even more hope on Wednesday by scoring his team’s third goal in the second half
The Blackpool loanee (No 33) pressed the ball into the net to set up a nervous finish for Posh
Gregory turned to his own net in extra time to leave on Wednesday with another goal
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: (3-4-2-1) Dawson; Iorfa (Flint 90+2), Ihiekwe, James (Vaulks 88); Palmer, Paterson, Bannan, Johnson (Brown 102); Windass, Smith; Gregory (Hunting 109
Unused subtitles: Stockdale (GK); Adéniran, Bakinson
Goals: Smith (PEN 8), Gregory (25), James (71), Palmer (90+8), Paterson (112)
Reservations: Palmer (6), Bannan (48), Ihiekwe (99), Hunt (120)
Coach: Darren Moore
PETERBOROUGH: (4-2-3-1) Norris; Neighborhood (N Thompson 46), Kent, Edwards, Burrows (Butler 46); Kyprianou (Jade-Jones 94), Norburn; Poku (Knight 80), Taylor, Mason-Clarke (Tshimanga 120+1); Clarke Harris
Unused subtitles: Blackmore (GK); Ben Thompson
Goals: Gregory (JO 105)
Reservations: Kyprianou (17), Butler (71), Taylor (88)
Coach: Darren Ferguson
Arbitrator: David Webb (County Durham)
Player of the game: To be determined