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Summary

  1. Southend promoted to League One
  2. Shrimpers keeper Bentley saved decisive penalty
  3. Southend's Pigott grabs last-gasp equaliser
  4. Wycombe had led after free-kick went in off Bentley

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Southend promoted

Southend 1-1 Wycombe (Southend win 7-6 on penalties)

Southend celebrate
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So that's it for the League Two play-off final. It took some time to get going, but what a conclusion we ended up with.

Huge commiserations to Wycombe Wanderers, and congratulations to Southend United.

We're back at 17:00 BST tomorrow with BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary of Preston v Swindon in the League One final at Wembley. And there's the small matter of the final day of the Premier League, too.

Thanks for your company this evening.

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Dan Bentley
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Well, they left it late, but better late than never for Southend.

After a goalless first 90 minutes, Dan Bentley's own goal put Wycombe within touching distance of the third tier.

But Joe Pigott's 122nd-minute equaliser took the game to penalties and, after 16 spot-kicks, it was Southend who prevailed 7-6 to win promotion.

The Shrimpers initially trailed in the shootout but Bentley ended up being the hero, keeping out efforts from Matt Bloomfield and, decisively, Sam Wood in sudden death.

Read Phil Shepka's report from Wembley here.

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

More from Southend boss Phil Brown: "The young lads and the old lads showed a lot of character to win the game. To get the equaliser in the 122nd minute shows what we're about.

"We've got to dust ourselves down in the summer and come back in League One. That's what we set out to achieve at the start of the season and that's what we've done today."

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Phil Brown and Gareth Ainsworth
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More from Southend manager Phil Brown: "Myself and Gareth (Ainsworth) made a pact when the penalties started because a lot of bad things go on in football. We both said that we wouldn't go overboard, whoever wins it. It's in the lap of the gods, and it was."

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport at Wembley

"The Southend players are, as you'd expect, in pretty high spirits. They are greeted by cheers as they walk back down the Wembley steps from the Southend fans, who have largely stayed behind to soak up this moment in the club's history."

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

I wonder if those Southend fans that were dashing back down Wembley Way at the end of extra time managed to get back inside the stadium for the penalties?

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"It's been a thoroughly enjoyable occasion all of a sudden. What a finish. There are some moments there for Southend fans that will live long in the memory."

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Captain John White, surrounded by his team-mates, lifts the trophy that signifies Southend United are League Two play-off winners.

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

There are a few more steps than there used to be at the old Wembley to get up to the balcony where they will collect the trophy. There are 107 steps these days, and the Southend squad will float up each one. Promotion is theirs.

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Southend manager Phil Brown tells Sky Sports: "It's very difficult. The last time I was here with Hull (in the 2008 Championship play-off final) it was a great day. This is even greater, but I feel desperately sorry for Wycombe and Gareth because they've had a fabulous year."

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Southend goalkeeper Dan Bentley tells Sky Sports: "I fancy myself on penalties. I just had to go up there and do the business."

Southend win 7-6 on penalties

Handshakes between the two managers. Desolate Wycombe players on the floor. Joyous Southend players jumping up and down. The Shrimpers are League One-bound.

BreakingSouthend win promotion to League One

Southend win promotion
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SOUTHEND WIN 7-6 ON PENALTIES AND WIN PROMOTION TO LEAGUE ONE.

SAVED

Southend 7-6 Wycombe (Wood)

Bentley tips the penalty on to the post. Wood on the floor, head in his hands. Southend celebrate. Incredible drama.

Southend celebrate
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SCORES

Southend 7-6 Wycombe (Bolger)

Another confident Southend penalty. Battered in.

SCORES

Southend 6-6 Wycombe (Holloway)

Bentley mind games. Holloway in off the post - keeper had gone the right way. Brown and Ainsworth stood next to each other.

SCORES

Southend 6-5 Wycombe (Weston)

Good penalty. Power and into the corner. Southend looking strong.

SCORES

Southend 5-5 Wycombe (Jacobson)

He did not look confident but he sent the keeper the wrong way.

SCORES

Southend 5-4 Wycombe (Barrett)

Smashed. Roof of the net.

SCORES

Southend 4-4 Wycombe (Bean)

Must score. Does score. Low and into the corner, keeper goes the wrong way. Sudden death now.

SCORES

Southend 4-3 Wycombe (Timlin)

Low. Precise. Bottom corner. Keeper? He went the wrong way.

SAVED

Southend 3-3 Wycombe (Bloomfield)

Good height for a keeper. Bentley dives to his right and saves. What drama.

SCORES

Southend 3-3 Wycombe (Payne)

Cracking penalty. Low and into the bottom corner - and that from a 20-year-old.

SCORES

Southend 2-3 Wycombe (Hayes)

Super. Cool. A touch of the dinked finish to this one. Sends the keeper the wrong way.

SCORES

Southend 2-2 Wycombe (Leonard)

Bang. Thrashed high into the net.

SCORES

Southend 1-2 Wycombe (Mawson)

Dan Bentley dives to his left and is agonisingly close to making a save but the strike has just enough power on it.

SAVED

Southend 1-1 Wycombe (Coker)

Alex Lynch dives to his right and saves with his legs.

SCORES

Southend 1-1 Wycombe (Murphy)

Peter Murphy sends the Southend keeper the wrong way.

SCORES

Southend 1-0 Wycombe (Pigott)

Alex Lynch dives to his left but cannot quite keep the strike out.

Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers - penalties to follow

So then, who do you fancy for this? Both goalkeepers have a story.

Dan Bentley's own goal looked as though it would keep Southend in League Two.

Alex Lynch in nets for Wycombe is making his third senior start in the Football League.

FT: Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers - penalties to follow

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"That is what you wait for as a football fan, for 50 or 60 years. Unbridled joy!"

FULL-TIME

Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers - penalties to follow

Well these play-offs never fail to deliver drama. It took 122 minutes, but Joe Pigott's equaliser has taken us to penalties.

There are Southend fans running back down Wembley Way, seemingly trying to get back into the stadium for the shootout.

A lesson to you all - never leave a game early.

ET: Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Alistair Bruce-Ball

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"It's their first decent shot on goal all game, but that's what the play-offs are all about!"

GOAL

ET: Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers (Joe Pigott)

SOUTHEND EQUALISE! Myles Weston puts in a peach of a cross, a superb knockdown to Joe Pigott, and the substitute fires in from 12 yards. Phil Brown is punching the air, Southend delighted, Wycombe dejected, penalties imminent.

Phil Brown
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ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Was that Southend's chance? It was only a half-chance for Joe Pigott, who heads wide at the near post. Not long left now. Two added minutes, to be precise.

ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Southend are desperate now. Only one minute and injury time remains.

I expect we'll hear something from Phil Brown on that penalty appeal that was turned down in the second half if the Shrimpers are beaten here.

ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Remember John Barnes in the Maracana in 1984? Wycombe's Aaron Holloway almost replicates that - albeit looking a little more leggy than Barnes did against Brazil. Despite support alongside him, Holloway runs into the last defender and Ben Coker slides the ball clear.

ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport at Wembley

"Southend fans to my right are claiming for everything. Frenetic doesn't cover half of it."

YELLOW CARDS

ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe get a booking for time-wasting. There's a surprise with them leading 1-0 with six minutes to go. Sam Wood sees yellow.

Southend's Ryan Leonard follows him into the book for dissent.

ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

That's an opportunity wasted for Southend, who work the ball into Barry Corr in the box, but the big striker's lay-off to Jack Payne is overhit and then Ryan Leonard gives away a free-kick in his desperation to win the ball back.