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Summary

  1. Millwall promoted to the Championship after victory over Bradford
  2. Steve Morison volleys in the only goal five minutes from time
  3. The Lions join Sheff Utd and Bolton in the Championship next season
  4. Celebrations soured by pitch invasion by Millwall fans

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By Ian Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Millwall win promotion the Championship

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So that's it from League One this season.

Millwall have made up for last year's Wembley heartache with a narrow win over Bradford City.

The Lions won it with a close range finish from Steve Morison in the 85th minute.

Bradford, who had their chances, now face a fifth successive season in the third tier.

You can read Josh Hunt's report here.

We'll be back next Sunday with live text coverage of the League Two play-off final.

Thanks for your company today and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Delight for Millwall

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In contrast, this is how winning promotion in a play-off final means.

Talk about contrasting emotions.

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There's no moped, as you might have seen as part of Benfica's dressing room celebrations earlier this week, but it's still pretty lively in the Millwall camp...

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Dejection for Bradford

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Amid all Millwall's celebrations, this is what defeat feels like for Bradford this evening.

Wembley is not a place to lose any game, never mind a play-off final.

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Promotion 'a dream come true'

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Millwall captain Tony Craig told Sky Sports: "It was a dream come true for me to lift the trophy.

"It's a big relief to win today after the heartache of last year.

"It was such a cagey game and thankfully Steve was in the right place at the right time."

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Morison's the man

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They talk about being the man for the big occasion - well the numbers don't get a lot better than that for Steve Morison.

The definition of talisman, he typifies the grit of this Millwall side.

'Back where they should be'

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Former Millwall centre-back Darren Ward, now at Yeovil, tweets his happiness at the Lions' promotion.

He's well-trained as he's also included a link to Josh Hunt's match report from Wembley, which you can read here.

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I feel numb - McCall

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Bradford boss Stuart McCall told Sky Sports: "The game went how we thought it would, I just feel numb at the moment.

"We knew it would be tight and that one goal might do it. It's sore to take but congratulations to Millwall.

"Jordan Archer made a superb save and that is the thin line between failure and success.

"I'm very disappointed in the stewarding allowing their fans to get over the halfwayline. I had fans goading me and my players and I was close to clocking one or two of them I can tell you. They need to look at that.

"Our support were outstanding and I feel for them."

McCall unhappy with pitch invasion

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BBC Sport's Josh Hunt says Bradford boss Stuart McCall is in his post-match press conference and he's been having his say on the minority of Lions fans who raced onto the field at the end of the game.

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Stu Loveland-Cooper: So happy for my beloved Lions. Amazing to be there to celebrate. Bradford fans, you are a credit to your club. Next season I'm sure.

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Millwall defender Byron Webster told Sky Sports: "I can't put into words what this means.

"Jordan Archer's save in the first half was different gravy.

Archer on his save from Bradford forward Billy Clarke: "I had to come out and do my job and thankfully I got my fingertips on it.

"Going up this way is the best way to do it."

'Morison is the hero'

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Millwall boss Neil Harris told Sky Sports: "If I need a hero, I've always got Steve Morison.

"The strikers have been the difference for us over the play-offs.

"Bradford were better than us in the first half but I took a step back and put trust in my players.

"The fans came on in good spirit. We didn't want them to come on but they came on in good spirit."

The stats that matter

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  • Millwall have now been promoted from the third tier to the second tier on eight separate occasions, a joint record along with Bristol City.
  • Bradford have only lost two of their last 10 games against Millwall but both of those defeats have come in play-off matches, also losing 3-1 in last season’s semi-final.
  • Steve Morison was involved in all four of Millwall’s play-off goals this season (three goals, one assist).
  • The Lions won just their second game at Wembley in their entire history (also 1-0 v Swindon in May 2010).
  • This is the first time Bradford have lost a play-off final, having won their previous two in 1996 and 2013.

Lions legends give their approval

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Mick M: I have to say Millwall deserve it. Bradford have been poor.

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'Millwall finished stronger'

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Millwall deserved to win the game because they finished it stronger.

Bradford didn't make the most of their chances - it's as simple as that.

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Contrast Bradford's dejection to the pure joy of Millwall's players as they climb the Wembley steps.

That's the play-offs for you, ladies and gents.

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Second time lucky for Lions

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After heartbreak at Wembley a year ago, Millwall are back in the Championship.

The Lions were a completely different side after the break, and Neil Harris' team celebrate a magnificent achievement.

Bradford look understandably devastated at the final whistle. The Bantams could have been home and dry with a few better final passes in the first half, but instead another season in League One awaits.

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Millwall lift the trophy and matchwinner Steve Morison ensures it is passed straight to boss Neil Harris.

He has done a tremendous job in his two years at the Den.

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They had their chances today but Bradford will be back in League One next season.

Boss Stuart McCall's wait for a Wembley win goes on.

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Millwall's players are heading up to lift the trophy that seals their return to the second tier.

It had looked like we were heading for extra-time but Steve Morison popped up to score an 85th minute winner and make up for the heartache the Lions suffered at Wembley last year.

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Millwall striker Steve Morison told Sky Sports: "The fans have ruined it for me at the moment.

"I can't celebrate.

"It's fantastic to be back in the Championship. We'll have a good crack."

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The Millwall fans are slowly leaving the field now.

I'm not sure I've seen a pitch invasion at the new Wembley.

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There's quite a lot of Millwall fans on the pitch.

It doesn't look to be anything untoward it should be said but Lions boss Neil Harris is telling them to get back in the stand.

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Millwall promoted to the Championship

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That's it.

After two years in League One, Millwall are going back to the Championship!

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That was the chance for Bradford!

They get the ball into the area but Tony McMahon lashes into the sidenetting instead of cutting it back.

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Millwall's Fred Onyedinma wins a free-kick on the halfway line after drawing a foul from Josh Cullen.

Two minutes to go

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Bradford have sent basically everyone forward in search of equaliser.

The Lions clear and Fred Onyedinma runs the length of the pitch to eat up a few more seconds.

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Millwall and Bradford striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

The volume of balls that have gone into that box had to pay off.

Steve Morison's volley gave the keeper absolutely no chance.

'Time running out for Bantams'

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Steve Morison has been Millwall's best player today, and he sends the Millwall fans into ecstasy as he stabs in at the back post.

Bradford's fans were silenced when the ball went in, but they're making a huge noise now as the Bantams press for an equaliser.

It's not looking likely for Stuart McCall's side now though.

SUBSTITUTION

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Millwall use up their final change with Lee Gregory making way for Calum Butcher.

We're into five minutes of stoppage time.

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Millwall bring on Fred Onyedinma for Jed Wallce as we move towards the final minute and they move towards the second tier.

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Bradford midfielder Josh Cullen thumps high and wide from 30 yards out after a corner is cleared to him.

Time running out for the Bantams.

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Millwall will probably feel they deserved that.

They've really come into the game in the second half and they're now three minutes from promotion.

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Could that be the goal that sends Millwall into the Championship?

Jed Wallace sends a cross into the area that Lee Gregory flicks on and Steve Morison crashes home at the back post.

He might have been just offside but the flag stays down and Millwall fans go wild.

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Shane Ferguson lifts another cross into the Bradford box but Colin Doyle comfortably gathers.

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Another corner to Millwall leads to another free-kick to Bradford.

The Lions have won 14 corners in this game and I think five of them have ended with Bradford being awarded a free-kick.

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The crowd has just been announced as a shade over 53,000.

A great effort from both sides. Will they be getting an extra 30 minutes of entertainment for their money?

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Millwall and Bradford striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

He gets a little bit lucky there, Rory McArdle.

It's been a complete sea-change, with Millwall now looking the more likely to get that all-important goal.

You do feel like they'll get a chance of some description.