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Summary

  1. Swindon win 7-6 on aggregate
  2. Highest-scoring play-off match in history
  3. Swindon face Preston at Wembley on 24 May

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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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Swindon reach Wembley

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

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Who predicted a 5-5 record-breaker tonight? We certainly didn't.

It's time for us to sign off now. We hope you enjoyed the drama.

Same again on Tuesday for some Champions League action?

What's up next...

Thursday: League Two semi-finals

Now that we've recovered from that goalfest, let's turn our attention to League Two...

Barry Corr
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On Thursday, we'll discover the identities of the two play-off finalists in League Two, and both ties are nicely balanced going into the second legs.

Plymouth must overturn a one-goal deficit at Wycombe, although their late fight back to only

lose 3-2 on Saturday evening has given them some hope of reaching Wembley.

In the other semi-final, Stevenage and Southend are all square, Barry Corr's header earning the Shrimpers a

1-1 draw at Lamex Stadium on Sunday.

We'll have a live text commentary covering both games, plus coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Read Nabil Hassan's report from a simply breathtaking match at the County Ground. Just the 10 goals.

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

More information from the reporters at BBC Radio Sheffield, who were at the County Ground. It seems there was crowd trouble at the final whistle....

Jonathan Buchan Tweet
Jonathan Buchan

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Swindon defender Jack Stephens tells BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I can't put it into words. We've worked really hard all season. I'm not happy conceding - I don't know how many it was! But it's great for the club and the fans, and we're going to enjoy it."

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Bob Harris
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Sheffield United tweet their thanks:

"After 63 games of ups & downs (inc tonight), season ends in play-off defeat. From all at #sufc, thanks for the great support."

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham tells BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "The game was so end-to-end. We're disappointed to go 3-0 up and then for them to come back into the game. The main thing is that we got the win and we're going to Wembley."

Wonder how he feels after conceding five in a victory?!

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Looks like things got a bit ugly on the pitch at full-time, according to BBC Radio Sheffield's Rob Staton at the County Ground:

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Rob Staton

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told Sky Sports:

"We're pleased to be through. It is a fantastic achievement for our club. They deserve to be there.

"But we've got a lot of work to do. Every time they came in our box they scored.

"Simon Grayson [Preston manager] will be looking on and practicing balls into the box tomorrow in training."

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told Sky Sports:

"It was torture. The worst game of football I've been through. I did not enjoy it at all. Going to Wembley hasn't sunk in because of the drama. It must be the best play-off game in history?"

He's not wrong there.

FT: Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Swindon midfielder Ben Gladwin tells BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It was a great start to the game but we didn't make it easy for ourselves. It must have been a great game for the people at home watching. What a feeling."

FULL-TIME

Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Swindon fans
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Swindon reach the League One play-off final after an astonishing game of football at the County Ground.

Fans stream on the pitch and lift the home players aloft.

I'm surprised anyone's got the energy left for that sort of thing.

Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

Imagine how many goals we would get if this game went to extra time?

At the moment, it's still Swindon going to Wembley to meet Preston in the final.

Meanwhile, Yaser Kasim is booked for mouthing off to the referee after he failed to win a free-kick.

Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

This game is still in the balance. We're not sure how.

Two-goal Ben Gladwin is off, and big defender Raphael Rossi Branco is on for Swindon.

He may as well have a go at goal. Everyone else is.

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Mark Cooper
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OptaJoe: With 10 goals, Swindon v Sheffield Utd is now the highest scoring match in the history of the play-offs (previous high was 8). Value.

When do we go to brackets, then?

GOAL (Che Adams)

Swindon Town 5-5 Sheffield United (Agg 7-6)

What on earth is going on?

Che Adams, who was only introduced a few minutes ago, has just struck to bring Sheffield United level on the night at 5-5.

Seven minutes of added time now. The Blades couldn't possibly do it, could they?

GOAL (Matty Done)

Swindon Town 5-4 Sheffield United (Agg 7-5)

This is the game that keeps on giving.

Matty Done slots home after Che Adams' initial shot was blocked.

Just the ninth goal of the night.

GOAL (Jon Obika)

Swindon Town 5-3 Sheffield United (Agg 7-4)

Jon Obika
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Are we safe to say this is Swindon's now?

Massimo Luongo runs clear and feeds to Jon Obika. A couple of quick touches and he twists around the Sheffield United defence to dink it home.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

Preston's strikers must be looking at some of the defending in this game and licking their lips ahead of the play-off final on 24 May.

Remember, the winners here will take on North End at Wembley for a place in next season's Championship.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

Another one goes in the book - this time Blades defender Craig Alcock, after he cuts through an onrushing Yaser Kasim.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

The pace of the game has slowed down to what we would deem a normal speed.

After Anton Rodgers goes in the book, Sheffield United's Matty Done whips a ball in from the left but Jack Stephens heads away.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

A second corner for Swindon, after Chris Basham heads out of play.

Again, Town can't make it go near the target. Maybe they've had enough of scoring for one night?

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Chris Martin: This must be some sort of record for a play off semi-final? So many goals!

Crewe beat Walsall 9-3 on aggregate in a fourth-tier tie in 1993 - we're getting close!

Martin Griffin: Two games on from two different leagues. I think we all know what the more exciting game is!

Arsenal v Swansea in the Premier League is still goalless. Perhaps we can lend them a couple of goals?

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

Bob Harris is involved again but this time he's pulled up for a foul on Nathan Byrne.

Free-kick right on the edge of the area taken by Yaser Kasim goes out for a corner.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

A slick Bob Harris free-kick from 25 yards out is placed perfectly across the box but not one Blades player can get a head on it, and it's gathered by Wes Foderingham.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

Jamie Murphy is left completely unmarked by the Swindon defence and he tries to feed to Matthew Done, but the Blades midfielder is caught offside.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is in the crowd tonight but he's leaving early. He could easily miss 100 goals between now and full-time. Maybe.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

A booking for Paul Coutts as he raises his boot and it hits Nathan Byrne on the arm.

Byrne takes the resulting free-kick but it ends up on the adjacent side of the pitch.

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

Steve White

Ex-Swindon Town striker, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's scary. I've not seen a game like this in a long time. Defences are certainly not on top this evening."

GOAL (Steven Davies)

Swindon Town 4-3 Sheffield United (Agg 6-4)

And another!

Sheffield United forward Steven Davies, who's only been on the field for five minutes, heads in low from a Bob Harris ball in.

Not dissimilar from Chris Basham's in the first half. If you can remember that far back.

Sheffield United two behind again.

Swindon Town 4-2 Sheffield United (Agg 6-3)

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport at The County Ground

Michael Smith
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"After a nervy start to the second half, Michael Smith's penalty for Swindon has left Sheffield United with a lot of work to do.

"Cracking atmosphere here in what has been a thoroughly entertaining cup tie. 'We're going to Wembley' rings around the County Ground. They're almost there."

Swindon Town 4-2 Sheffield United (Agg 6-3)

Couple of changes for both sides.

Steven Davies arrives to replace Marc McNulty for the Blades while Anton Rodgers comes on for penalty winner Jermaine Hylton.

Rodgers is the son of Liverpool manager Brendan, FYI.

Swindon Town 4-2 Sheffield United (Agg 6-3)

Steve White

Ex-Swindon Town striker, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Michael Smith
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"That's a massive goal for Swindon and for Smith. Smashed it low, true as a die."

GOAL (Michael Smith pen)

Swindon Town 4-2 Sheffield United (Agg 6-3)

A cool, cool penalty from Michael Smith. Mark Howard went the right way but couldn't get a hand to it.

In any other instance I'd hand this game to Swindon right now, but you cannot guess this one.

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

Ben Gladwin
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PENALTY for Swindon

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

Jermaine Hylton is brought down in the box by goalkeeper Mark Howard, who is booked by the referee. Michael Smith steps up. Big moment.

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

A reshuffle for Swindon with Nathan Thompson forced off.

Sam Ricketts moves to centre-back, and Jon Obika comes on as a left wing-back. He's usually a striker, so this might be an interesting move.

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

A worry for Swindon as captain Nathan Thompson goes down in a lot of pain with what looks like a hamstring pull.

He's handing the armband over to his team-mates. The defender's night is over.

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

Sheffield United's Marc McNulty, who was benched for the first leg of this tie, hits the ball so high and wide it may have ended up on the magic roundabout system outside the County Ground.

Nigel Clough is not happy.

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

Swindon's Jack Stephens is fouled by Paul Coutts, who let's just say disagrees with the referee's decision.

Yaser Kasim, from 40 yards out, sends the free-kick forward but it comes to nothing.

Swindon Town 3-2 Sheffield United (Agg 5-3)

Sheffield United are pressing, as they need to this half.

The visitors win three consecutive corners. The first is cleared by Jack Stephens, the second trickles out and the third is whipped in by Craig Alcock but Chris Basham is unable to head it on target.