League One - 2nd Leg
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Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (7-6 agg)

Ben Gladwin
Swindon's Ben Gladwin, who had a penalty saved in the first leg, scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second leg

Swindon reached the League One play-off final after a 10-goal epic against Sheffield United ended in a draw.

The Robins were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes thanks to Ben Gladwin's brace, before Michael Smith extended the lead.

A Nathan Thompson own goal and Chris Basham's header reduced the lead and Steven Davies replied to Smith's penalty after the break.

Jon Obika looked to have settled it but late goals from Matty Done and Che Adams pulled United level on the night.

However, Swindon held on to win the tie 7-6 on aggregate - setting a new record for the highest number of goals in a play-off semi-final - and Mark Cooper's side will now take on Preston in the League One play-off final at Wembley on 24 May.

For Sheffield United, their torrid run continues, with the Blades suffering their eighth consecutive play-off defeat, while the loss also ensures they will spend a fifth successive season in League One.

Swindon - who finished fourth - will face a Preston side who ended the season with a 10-point advantage over the Robins and who sealed their place in the final on Sunday by completing a two-legged victory over Chesterfield.

Record breakers
Swindon's 5-5 draw with Sheffield United broke the record for the most goals in a single play-off match.
The 13 goals in the semi-final tie is also a new record, surpassing the 12 that were netted in Crewe's 9-3 aggregate win over Walsall in a fourth-tier semi-final in 1993.

Swindon reached Wembley the hard way, having looked to have secured victory on more than one occasion in an enthralling second leg.

Gladwin, who missed a penalty in the first leg four days earlier, gave Swindon a stunning start with his half-volley from 20 yards powering past Mark Howard, before he tapped home Nathan Byrne's cross at the back post for 2-0.

The Robins were three goals up inside 18 minutes, and 5-1 up in the tie, with Smith showing good tenacity to win back possession and fire in from close range.

Blades had a lifeline less than 60 seconds later when Jamie Murphy's shot deflected in off Thompson and Basham's powerful diving header from Bob Harris's cross reduced the deficit further.

Swindon had their fourth goal of the night when Jermaine Hylton was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Howard and Smith converted from the spot.

Just as the tie looked over, Davies's header from another Harris cross made it 4-3 on the night, before Swindon substitute Obika dinked home to make it 5-3.

The game was not over yet though, as first Done slotted home for 5-4 and then in the last minute Adams equalised for the visitors.

Swindon held on through seven minutes of injury time to put themselves one game away from ending a 15-year absence from the second tier, with the final whistle sparking a pitch invasion and wild celebrations.

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough's Sheffield United have now failed in all eight of their play-off campaigns
Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper is hoping to take Swindon back into the second tier after a 15-year absence
Michael Smith
Michael Smith netted Swindon's fourth from the penalty spot
Jon Obika
Jon Obika's smartly taken goal ended up being Swindon's winner in the tie
Tim Sherwood
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was among a host of bosses in attendance at the County Ground

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2ThompsonSubstituted forObikaat 57'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 5Stephens
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3ByrneBooked at 90mins
  • 4Luongo
  • 8KasimBooked at 90mins
  • 7GladwinBooked at 90minsSubstituted forBrancoat 90+4'minutes
  • 36Ricketts
  • 24HyltonSubstituted forRodgersat 62'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
  • 29Branco
  • 31Randall-Hurran
  • 32Marshall

Sheff Utd

  • 1HowardBooked at 58mins
  • 26Freeman
  • 2AlcockBooked at 81mins
  • 19McEveleyBooked at 45mins
  • 3Harris
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forAdamsat 85'minutes
  • 18CouttsBooked at 67mins
  • 6Basham
  • 9Murphy
  • 14Done
  • 12McNultySubstituted forDaviesat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Doyle
  • 16Davies
  • 17McGahey
  • 24Turner
  • 29Adams
  • 32Davies
  • 35Holt
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
13,065

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away22
Shots on Target
Home8
Away10
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 5, Sheffield United 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swindon Town 5, Sheffield United 5.

Booking

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

Booking

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Raphael Rossi Branco replaces Ben Gladwin.

Foul by Che Adams (Sheffield United).

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Done (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

Booking

Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Che Adams (Sheffield United).

Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 5, Sheffield United 5. Che Adams (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieron Freeman.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 5, Sheffield United 4. Matt Done (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Che Adams.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

Attempt blocked. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Booking

Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Che Adams replaces Ryan Flynn.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 5, Sheffield United 3. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo following a fast break.

Offside, Swindon Town. Jack Stephens tries a through ball, but Michael Smith is caught offside.

Booking

Craig Alcock (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Offside, Sheffield United. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

Booking

Anton Rodgers (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anton Rodgers (Swindon Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City462912596385899
2MK Dons4627109101445791
3Preston462514779403989
4Swindon4623101376571979
5Sheff Utd4619141366531371
6Chesterfield4619121568551369
7Bradford461714155555065
8Rochdale46196217266663
9Peterborough46189195356-363
10Fleetwood461712174952-363
11Barnsley461711186261162
12Gillingham461614166566-162
13Doncaster461613175862-461
14Walsall461417155054-459
15Oldham461415175467-1357
16Scunthorpe461414186275-1356
17Coventry461316174960-1155
18Port Vale46159225565-1054
19Colchester461410225877-1952
20Crewe461410224375-3252
21Notts County461214204563-1850
22Crawley461311225379-2650
23Leyton Orient461213215969-1049
24Yeovil461010263675-3940
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