Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest LIVE: Championship Play-Off Final

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16:05, 29 May 2022
Last Updated: 18:56, 29 May 2022

The big day is finally here. 

Steve Cooper's Nottingham Forest take on Carlos Corberan's Huddersfield Town for a spot in the Premier League and the atmosphere at Wembley is building. Forest have been on a remarkable journey this season, from the relegation zone to the top six, while Huddersfield have not faded when many people expected them too. Town overcame Luton in their play-off semi-final, while Forest beat Sheffield United on penalties at the City Ground, but now it all comes down to this. 

One man to watch out for is the Terriers' Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill, who spoke to The Sportsman in the build up. 

“It’s the biggest game of my career so far, 100 per cent. It’s a big game playing at Wembley and I haven’t played there before. I have only stepped out there once with my uncles and that was about eight years ago now. 

“It would be good to follow in their footsteps in a way by playing there and hopefully achieving our goal.”

Five years to the day since they beat Reading at Wembley to make it to the Premier League for the very first time, Huddersfield will be hoping to repeat the feat. 

Stay tuned for minute-by-minute updates from the richest game in football. The top flight beckons for one of these sides! 

4 weeks ago
That's All Folks!

Thanks for joining me today.

Nottingham Forest needed an own goal and couple of penalty decisions to go their way - but they are now back in the Premier League.

The city will party all night, they've been waiting 23 years to do so. 


4 weeks ago
In case you needed reminding...
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This is what promotion looks like
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What a quote!
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Forest head up the Wembley steps

This is the moment every fan in red dreamt of last night.

Now it is a reality. 

4 weeks ago
Steve Cooper finally gets play-off win

Having lost in the last two play-offs with Swansea, to Brentford in last year's final, Cooper has finally got over the line. 

He looks absolutely delighted, and Joe Worrall is full of praise in his post-match interview. 

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They've only gone and done it
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From 24th to the Premier League!

This was the table after 8 games. 

Steve Cooper, you are a genius. 

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The celebrations are wild at Wembley!

Steve Cooper takes in the adulation of the Forest fans. 

The red end of Wembley has gone absolutely crazy. 


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The Reds are in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years! 


4 weeks ago
93' Is that Town's last chance?

O'Brien whips a ball wide and the Forest fans begin to roar.

They are two mins away! 

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90' Six minutes added time!

Forest are six minutes away from the Premier League.

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88' Forest Sub: Samba OFF Horvath ON

Brice Samba is injured and can't continue.

Horvath, the American, is on in his place. 

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87' Huddersfield continue to push

Forest are holding on, Huddersfield haven't managed a shot on target but should have had two pens.

It's going to be a dramatic finish.

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83' Another penalty shout!

Max Lowe tangles with Lewis O'Brien and another Huddersfield penalty shout is ignored.

That one was arguably clearer than the first.

Jon Moss and the VAR are having a nightmare at Wembley.

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79' Major talking point

The penalty that wasn't given...

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74' Forest Sub: Zinckernagel OFF Lowe ON
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73' No penalty!

Not enough for a penalty. 

Jon Moss didn't give the decision on the pitch, and it wasn't overturned. Huge call.

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72' Toffolo booked for diving!

Toffolo goes down in the box, but it looks as if Colback might well make contact.

To VAR! 

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69' Johnson pulls one wide

Forest launch an attack of their own. Surridge delays a pass through to Zinckernagel but the ball comes through to Johnson who just pulls his shot wide. 

The Reds still have a bite of their own and those subs seem to have slowed the game down for them. 

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65' Huddersfield Subs: Ward OFF Rhodes ON

More changes. The man who scored that crucial winner in the semi-final, Jordan Rhodes, is on for Huddersfield. So is Duane Holmes.

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65' Forest Sub: Davis OFF Surridge ON

Steve Cooper turns to his bench. Sam Surridge comes on. 

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64' It's all Huddersfield

Town have pinned Forest back and Thomas is having a great time up against Jack Colback. 

That sub has put them on the front foot, and the Reds are holding on. 

Having said that, Samba still hasn't had to make a save of note. 

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59' Garner shot from range

The Manchester United man has his eyes set on goal today. This one is easily claimed, but Huddersfield are the ones who are playing at a much higher tempo.

Their second half plan is causing Forest issues, but can they find the equaliser? 

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56' Huddersfield Sub: Sarr OFF Russell ON

Imposing midfielder Jon Russell comes on for the Terriers, as Hogg drops back into the back three. 

Let's see if his physicality to help Town get level. It was a surprise that he started on the bench.

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55' Forest under the cosh

Thomas picks up the ball on the right after good work from the midfield, and Town win another corner as Spence is forced to clear. 

Hogg heads over at the near post. 

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54' Zinckernagel booked

The first yellow card of the final as O'Brien is clipped by the Watford loanee. 

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52' Forest pressure leads to corner

Davis' pace forces Huddersfield onto the back foot before Spence wins a corner.

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50' Tweak for Town

Interestingly, Sorba Thomas has now moved into a much more central area, playing off the right.

Clearly Town are targeting the central defenders with his pace.

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47' Easy save for Nicholls

Lee Nicholls gobbles up a long-range shot from Garner, but Forest had tested Brice Samba with two crosses. 

The Terriers need to show some intent early on here.

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45' Second half begins!

No changes at the interval. 

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No half-time pie here

Devastating news as the pie I was going to have for tea is no longer an option. 

I needed a leek but the only one I've seen so far this afternoon has been in the Huddersfield defence. 

At least Forest fan Stuart Broad will be happy at the break,

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Here's that Forest goal
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HALF TIME: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Huddersfield Town

My word, that half finished with some drama.

There was nothing to choose between the two teams until that Colwill deflection, and you have to feel sorry for the Chelsea loanee. 

When teams go ahead in Championship play-off finals, they tend to win so it's looking good for the red half of Wembley. 

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42' Colwill Own Goal!

James Garner fires in a shot from long range and it bounces through to Levi Colwill, who deflects the ball into his own net. 

It was a goal out of the blue, but that stroke of fortune could be so vital for Steve Cooper and his team. 

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38' Another corner!

Thomas plays it along the floor to Ward who sees his shot deflected over. 

Forest scramble the second corner clear, but there was panic in that box. 

Set pieces could be key for Corberan's side. 

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37' Great challenge by Garner!

Fantastic work by Danny Ward down the left and his run comes to an end after a crunching tackle by Garner. 

Town corner. 14 goals from corners this season so far. 

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33' Thomas drives at goal!

Hold the pie.

There's only one danger man for Huddersfield at the minute as Sorba Thomas skips past Joe Worrall with ease before having his cross/shot intercepted by Samba. 

It's so finely balanced but he is looking lively on the left. 

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31' Time for a pie?

No chances since that Ryan Yates header. 

It's a game of cat and mouse and Wembley, but I'm not sure who is Tom and who is Jerry. 

Thinking about preparing a half-time pie - chicken and leek. 

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27' A lull in the final

This game has settled down now.

Keinan Davis is wearing lucky gloves.

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23' Huddersfield are a threat

It didn't lead to a chance, but O'Brien has just sparked an attack, before feeding Thomas on the left.

The magic man in midfield is key if Huddersfield are going to win this game. 

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21' Yates fires over

Zinckernagel lays the ball to Yates, who with Johnson on his outside instead goes for goal. 

It's high, wide and not at all handsome. That earlier miss could still be on his mind.

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20' Forest in control

Naby Sarr is almost caught out at the back but wins a foul, but Forest are now controlling the tempo.

Huddersfield are more than happy to sit in. 

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15' Forest corner...

Djed Spence down the right wins a corner. 

It is overhit, but Steve Cooper's side have come back into this one. 

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11' Forest should score!

James Garner whips in a free-kick from the left that lands on the head of Ryan Yates, but from six-yards out, he can't quite get the header on target. 

It is an inch away from the opener! 

Now the place has come alive. 

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10' No clear-cut chances yet

These finals are often cagey and although it hasn't quite been that in the opening ten minutes, neither side have quite got into their fluid styles. 

Carlos Corberan gesticulating on the bench quite energetically, like me when am trying to stop my dog misbehaving. 

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7' Forest find a foothold

Forest venture forward for the first time. They fail to create anything but hitting Keinan Davis early looks to be a decent tactic.

The strong forward can cause problems. 

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3' Forest concede another free-kick

Another Huddersfield free-kick comes to nothing, while the Forest fans attempt to lift their side. 

It's a good early tempo. 

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1' Saucy Sorba...

Huddersfield drive forward early on, as Sorba Thomas wins them a free-kick midway inside the Forest half. It comes to nothing.

Remember, VAR is in use today. 

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Forest get us underway at Wembley! 

Eye-watering money is at stake, but the achievement of promotion is worth so much more.

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Almost time...

A message of peace for Ukraine and both teams enter a huddle. 

A cold spring day in the capital is about to come alive. 

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The teams are out!


As the national anthem is belted out at Wembley, here's the final thoughts of the bosses. 

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Trips to Wembley...

Kick-off is coming right up, but I'm sure I have time to tell you the story of my last Wembley visit. 

It was the League Two play-off final and my ticket was right up in the gods, on the very back row of the top tier.

Even so, its a truly special place to watch football - but only if you win. I've never experienced a Wembley defeat in my lifetime, but one of these sets of fans will be left heartbroken.

Oh, and don't bother trying to go for a pie at half-time - its not worth it.  

4 weeks ago
The atmosphere is electric

Ten minutes away from kick-off, we've heard from both managers, and the club crests adorn the Wembley pitch.

The fans are right up for it, with Forest giving us a rendition of 'Mull of Kintyre' and Huddersfield responding with a chant of their own.

These are the moments you live for as a player and fan. Imagine being in one of those dressing rooms right now. 

4 weeks ago
Who makes your combined XI?

Lewis O'Brien, Brennan Johnson, Djed Spence...

We are in for a treat at Wembley as these two sides collide, but if you had the choice of all the players on show, who would make your XI?

We had a crack at it below.

Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest combined XI
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Former Red Matty Cash wishes Forest luck
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Sorba Thomas starts for Town!

Sorba Thomas was playing for Boreham Wood this time last year. Now he starts at Wembley in a Championship play-off final. 

Fairy tale stories do exist, while captain Jonathan Hogg will lead the team out. He tasted promotion against Reading five years ago and would love to repeat that feat. 

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Keinan Davis starts for Forest!

Team news is in. Starting with Forest where Aston Villa loanee Keinan Davis starts in place of Sam Surridge.

There are also starts for key men Djed Spence and Brennan Johnson. 

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