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Phil Harlow and Steve Marshall

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  1. Post update

    Well, that's just about it from us this evening. And what an evening it's been.

    Congratulations to Southend and Wycombe. Good luck in League Two to Stevenage and Plymouth next season.

    Until tomorrow evening, goodbye

  2. Corr blimey. Southend win thriller

    Southend celebrations

    And Wycombe will be joined at Wembley by Southend United who overcame Stevenage after a thrilling evening at Roots Hall.

    After Ryan Leonard had cancelled out Tom Pett's opener for Boro, Shrimpers striker Barry Corr hit the bar with a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

    But Southend showed great character to win it in extra-time through Stephen McLaughlin and Michael Timlin.

    Tom Garry was at Roots Hall to report on tonight's drama.

  3. Wycombe book Wembley spot

    Wycombe celebrations

    Wycombe Wanderers were the first team to secure their place in the League Two play-off final as they beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at Adams Park to go through 5-3 on aggregate.

    Leading 3-2 from the first leg, Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson put them in control.

    Ryan Brunt pulled one back for the Pilgrims, but Wycombe held on. If you want a re-run of the action, take a read of Phil Shepka's report.

  4. Still to come...

    The road to Wembley in the Football League play-offs doesn't end tonight - who will play in the Championship final on 26 May is still to be decided.

    We'll have live text commentary of Middlesbrough v Brentford tomorrow evening and Saturday lunchtime's Old Farm derby between Norwich and Ipswich at Carrow Road.

    But let's just look back on this evening's action.

  5. Post update

    FT: Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

    Southend midfielder Michael Timlin told Sky Sports:

    "We had so many chances it was one of those days when we didn't think we were going to get it.

    "Credit to Stevenage, they battled really well. I think we deserved it and we showed the character that we have got.

    "I was annoyed when I had to come off in the first leg but I was always going to make sure I was ready for this.

    "It was a bigger game than me and I wouldn't have played if I didn't think I was 100%."

  6. Post update

    FT: Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

    Southend defender Ben Coker told Sky Sports:

    "It was a bit crazy. I am just delighted it didn't have to go to penalties. It was a fantastic effort from everyone.

    "I'm so happy we are going to Wembley. I thought we played the best stuff and we had a lot of chances.

    It's a brilliant feeling but we have to go again at Wembley,"

  7. Post update

    Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "Wow. Roots Hall is absolutely bouncing. Relief, hope and joy is on the face of every Seasiders fans."


    Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

    Graham Scott puts his whistle to his lips and Southend United will play Wycombe in the League Two play-off final.

    Hundreds of jubilant Shrimpers fans flood on to the Roots Hall pitch. It's a joyous scene.

  9. GOAL Michael Timlin (120 + 2 mins)

    Southend 3-1 Stevenage (agg 4-2)

    Southend are going to Wembley! After having 15 stitches in his head on Sunday, it's scarcely believable that Michael Timlin is on the pitch. But he is - and he curls in a brilliant third from the edge of the box. This one is all over.

  10. Post update

    Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

    Stevenage are throwing everything at Southend now but every time a cross or shot comes in, it's a Shrimpers head or leg that blocks it. Phil Brown's men are almost there.

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    Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

    Jerome Okimo clatters into Ryan Leonard inside the Southend box as they compete for a cross. Leonard may take his time getting up from that.

  12. Post update

    FT: Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Wycombe goalscorer Paul Hayes tells Sky Sports:

    "The main thing is the boys all did the job tonight and it's just great that we're going through.

    "I got a black eye in the first leg but I wouldn't have missed this for the world.

    "Now we're in the final obviously we want to finish it off. Whoever we get we fancy our chances and it's going to be a good day."

  13. Post update

    Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

    Five minutes left. Can Stevenage find a way back into the contest. They're piling forward since going behind.


    Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

    Southend boss Phil Brown makes his final change to try to shore things up as the more defensively-minded Gary Deegan replaces David Worrall.

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    FT: Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth tells Sky Sports:

    "They were outstanding: every single player put in a shift. They deserve this trip to Wembley. After everything last week and again tonight, it must have been great for a neutral - but I'm not a neutral!

    "Wembley or not, I'm so proud of that bunch of boys - what we've achieved is above what anyone would have thought we could do.

    "It was fantastic to stay in the league last year and we've just kicked on this year, Some of the team spirit and characters we have here are amazing - it's one of the best dressing rooms I've known in 25 years in football."

  16. CLOSE!

    Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

    That was almost game, set and match for Southend. Myles Weston latches on to a ball over the top but, as Chris Day comes to meet him, can only poke his shot wide.

  17. GOAL Stephen McLaughlin (108 mins)

    Southend 2-1 Stevenage (agg 3-2)

    Finally, finally Southend have their breakthrough! Full-back John White whips in a delicious cross and Stephen McLaughlin buries a diving header past Chris Day from six yards.

  18. Post update

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "Determined not to rue that missed penalty, Southend have picked themselves up and are really going for it so far in extra-time. But there are some tired legs out there though. Everyone is nervous and the tension is just growing and growing.

    "Heart rates at are at dangerously high levels - and that's just in the press box!

    "Isn't football just wonderful?"

  19. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    We're under way once more. Southend boss Phil Brown has brought on Myles Weston for Joe Pigott.

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    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Adrian Clarke

    Ex-Southend midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "You start to wonder whether this is going to be Southend's night. You start to wonder if their finishing is going to cost them."


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Half-time in extra-time. Southend will be wondering how they are not in front.


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Chris Day will be 40 soon, but the Stevenage keeper is keeping his side in this, saving from both Barry Corr and David Worrall in quick succession.

    The Shrimpers have also seen defender Adam Barrett go in the book.

  23. CLOSE!

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Is this not going to be Southend's night? Barry Corr can't buy a break at the moment as Day denies him, and from the resulting corner Ryan Leonard's shot hits defender Andrew Bond and flies narrowly wide.


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Stephen McLaughlin has to score surely?! Stevenage's Ronnie Henry gifts Barry Corr possession deep into the Boro half. He plays McLaughlin through on goal, he only has the keeper to beat but Day dives to his right to pull off a magnificent save.

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    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Barry Corr has an early chance for redemption but under pressure he can't direct his header from six yards.

  26. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Perry: It was the softest penalty you'll ever see, anyway. At least if Southend still get through, it won't be contentious.

    Ben Dunbar: You'd have fancied Barry's much more attractive cousin Andrea to make a better fist of that penalty. #southend #stevenagefc

    Martin Ratcliff: Booked flights from Norway the second the final whistle went. Wycombe are going to Wembley!

  27. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    We're back under way at Roots Hall.

  28. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Adrian Clarke

    Ex-Southend midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Barry Corr did not hit through the ball. It was a mish-mash of a penalty, it was neither one thing nor the other.

    "It is something that will haunt him if Southend do not go on and win this match."

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    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    Wycombe celebrate a famous win at Adams Park

    "Well there you have it. Not as much drama as the other game tonight, but Wycombe fans don't care.

    "Gareth Ainsworth's side are deservedly going to Wembley after a season which they missed out on automatic promotion by one point.

    "For Plymouth, they didn't have enough to pull it back in the second half will have to rebuild for their fourth straight season in League Two."

  30. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "There is disbelief around Roots Hall! No one can quite believe the drama we have just seen.

    "And the Stevenage fans cannot believe their luck! They celebrated that penalty miss like they'd just won the play-offs. And they may still do!

    "Into extra-time we go.... Southend will need mental strength to bounce back from that moment."


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    It will be extra-time at Roots Hall. Stevenage must have thought their promotion dream was over but now it's still alive.

    How costly could that miss be for Barry Corr. The Southend fans sing his name to try and keep his spirits up.


    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    The match finishes with Plymouth on the attack, but we know the first club who will be walking out for the play-off final on 23 May. Wycombe are - as their fans have been singing for some time now - going to Wembley.


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Barry Corr

    And now we know why Phil Brown could not watch.

    Barry Corr tries to chip the ball down the middle but he hits it too high and it clips the bar and goes over.


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Wow! This kick will win it. Ryan Leonard goes down in the box under pressure from Dean Parrett and referee Graham Scott points to the spot.

    Phil Brown cannot watch.

  35. Post update

    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Another great save from Wycombe keeper Alex Lynch as Kelvin Mellor sneaks in to get a foot on a ball at the far post. Plymouth win a corner shortly after which comes out to Jason Banton, who gets a huge amount of power on his drive but it's two feet over the bar. Surely that is that.

  36. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Only 90 seconds left at Roots Hall. Time for a late winner or will it be extra-time?

  37. Post update

    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Wycombe are finally holding onto the ball in Plymouth territory - but we've got SIX added minutes to come at Adams Park. Can Plymouth make them the longest six minutes of Gareth Ainsworth's managerial career?


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Another Stevenage player goes in the book as Simon Walton is shown yellow for a foul on Barry Corr. Then Southend's Ben Coker is also booked for a late challenge on Jerome Okimo. There will be five minutes of injury time...

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    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Wycombe's Joe Jacobson casually allows a ball to roll over the byline thinking it would be his side's goalkick, but he's aghast to see it given as a corner. Thankfully for him, Plymouth don't make much of the chance to punish the mistake,

  40. CLOSE!

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Was that Southend's chance to win this? Stephen McLaughlin's corner sparks a game of pinball into the Stevenage box but when it finally falls to Joe Pigott he can only poke it wide. Four to go.

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    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    "Plymouth fans are chanting 'we always believe' and with the pressure they're exerting on Wycombe, they certainly have cause to. This game is far, far from over. Don't you love the play-offs?!"

  42. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "This game really is on a knife edge. What wants Wembley more? Who is brave enough to go for it, when one defensive mistake could be the difference?

    "And who has got to quality to settle this tie?

    "It has been a virtual carbon copy of the first leg so far.

    "Extra-time is looming unless either side can step up and snatch it. But already this tie is coming down to a question of keeping your nerve."


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Stevenage boss Graham Westley has to make his last change after an injury to Charlie Lee. Roarie Deacon is the man who comes one.

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    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Paul Hayes could have wrapped it up for Wycombe after great persistence from Aaron Holloway and Sam Saunders creates the chance, but his effort curls wide of the far post with the keeper beaten.

    Plymouth would very happily settle for a repeat of the closing 10 minutes or so of the first leg at this juncture.

  45. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Just over 10 minutes left at Roots Hall and nothing separates these two sides.

    Ben Coker tries to do something about that when he lets fly from the edge of the box, but his shot soars harmlessly over the bar.


    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Magnificent one-handed save from Wycombe's Alex Lynch after Kelvin Mellor turned on the edge of the box to give Zak Ansah a sight of goal. Ansah's fierce drive is destined for the near corner but Lynch's reflexes are up to the test and it goes out for a corner.

    "We always believe..." sing the Plymouth Argyle fans.

  47. Post update

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Since scoring, Stevenage have had to withstand a barrage of Southend pressure. The visitors show they can still offer a threat, though, as Chris Beardsley finds some space in the box but his weak shot is easily gathered by Daniel Bentley.


    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Stevenage defender Jerome Okimo goes into the book for a foul on David Worrall.

    Boss boss Graham Westley makes a change too as Ronnie Henry replaces Dave Martin.

  49. GOAL (Brunt, 70 mins)

    Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (agg 5-3)

    Hello... Plymouth have given themselves hope after a cheeky finish from Ryan Brunt after Zak Ansah was judged onside as he raced onto a through ball. The substitute picked out Brunt who backheeled a pass that was slightly behind him into the net.

    It's (almost) a repeat of the first leg in terms of the narrative. Can Argyle get another to really worry Wycombe?

  50. Post update

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Bobby Reid is getting increasingly involved in the second half for Plymouth, creating a decent chance for Zak Ansah. This half has been a marked improvement for the visitors but with just over 20 minutes to go, if they are to do something special they need to start very soon.

  51. GOAL Ryan Leonard (67 mins)

    Southend 1-1 Stevenage (agg 2-2)

    Ryan Leonard celebrates

    And that substitution pays almost instant dividends for Southend.

    Moments after Joe Pigott forces another fine save out of Chris Day, the Stevenage keeper is finally beaten when Stephen McLaughlin's cross falls for Ryan Leonard at the far post and he lashes a shot into the net.


    Southend 0-1 Stevenage (agg 1-2)

    Southend boss Phil Brown shuffles his pack and brings on Stephen McLaughlin for Will Atkinson.

  53. Post update

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    Jason Banton

    "This second half so far epitomises play-off football.

    "Plymouth, with John Sheridan's words ringing in their ears (a possible lost voice notwithstanding), have upped their game, and both sets of fans are giving it their all too. Cracking stuff this."


    Southend 0-1 Stevenage (agg 1-2)

    Not for the first time this evening, Southend are appealing for a penalty after Joe Pigott goes over an outstretched leg, but again the referee says no. It would have been a soft one.


    Southend 0-1 Stevenage (agg 1-2)

    That's a fine save from Chris Day to keep Stevenage in front! Ben Coker tees up Cian Bolger on the edge of the box and his left-foot drive is flying in until it hits Day's outstretched knee.


    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Plymouth substitutes Ryan Brunt and Jason Banton both have fairly wild efforts at goal but at least - roared on by an impressive away support - they are starting to gain a foothold at the attacking end.

    And shortly after Banton beats his man down the left before clipping in a cross which deceives Alex Lynch in the Wycombe goal but rebounds off the underside of the crossbar. The substitutions have made an impact.

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    Southend 0-1 Stevenage (agg 1-2)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "The cat is well and truly amongst the pigeons now. That Tom Pett goal was not in the script for Southend!

    "Stevenage have come out the stronger since the break and that's their reward. Their fans can hardly believe it.

    "What can Southend produce now to save this tie?"


    Southend 0-1 Stevenage (agg 1-2)

    Stevenage defender Andrew Bond goes into the book for a foul on David Worrall wide on the Southend left. The resulting free-kick from Ben Coker flies through a packed penalty area and to safety.

  59. Post update

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Plymouth finally have an effort on goal as a decent ball in from the left from Tareiq Holmes-Dennis ends up at the feet of Ryan Brunt, but his effort is misdirected over the bar.

    Shortly after and Brunt's fellow substitute Zac Ansah cuts in from the right and curls an effort about five yards wide - still at least some signs of life from Argyle.

  60. GOAL Tom Pett (55 mins)

    Southend 0-1 Stevenage (agg 1-2)

    Tom Pett

    Advantage Stevenage! It's a well worked corner from Boro but there's a huge slice of luck too.

    Simon Walton plays the set piece to Dean Parrett on the edge of the box but his shot is flying wide until it takes a massive deflection into the path of Tom Pett, who slots home past a wrong-footed Daniel Bentley from six yards.

  61. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Stevenage win the first corner of the second half which Simon Walton swings into the box but Adam Barrett is on hand to clear.

    New snooker world champion Stuart Bingham is among the crowd at Roots Hall and he's watching a game that's akin to one of those tactical frames where safety is paramount.

  62. Post update

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Wycombe have the first shot on goal of the second half but Marcus Bean's sidefooted effort from 20 yards out goes straight into Luke McCormick's midriff.

  63. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    David Worrall shows good skill to get into the box. His cross hits the arm of Stevenage defender Andrew Bond and appeals for penalty but referee Graham Scott says no. It would have been a harsh one as there was hardly a cigarette paper between them.


    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Big decision made by Plymouth boss John Sheridan at the break as he makes a triple substitution with Jason Banton, Ryan Brunt and Zak Ansah coming on for Carl McHugh, Dominic Blizzard and Reuben Reid. Will we see a similar impact to what they produced at Home Park?

  65. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way in Southend and Wycombe. Here we go.

  66. Post update

    HT: Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    Phil Brown

    "It was a slightly cagey first half here and the wet conditions are hampering both sides' efforts to play neat, passing football.

    "The longer the score remains goalless tonight, the more optimistic Stevenage will be of nicking a result

    "Similarly, the crowd at Roots Hall will get more and more nervous until their side find a breakthrough."

  67. Post update

    HT: Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    "Plymouth fans are clearly not happy with their side's performance and current predicament, with boos ringing around the away end when the half-time whistle went.

    "To try to cheer themselves up, someone lets off a green flair- they were probably hoping to save that for when their side scored, but that's looked very unlikely so far."

  68. Post update

    So just to clear up the state of play - away goals are NOT part of the equation tonight, or indeed in any of the Football League play-off semi-finals. If the scores are level after 90 minutes in either game, we'll see 30 minutes of extra-time followed - if necessary - by a penalty shoot-out.

    Fans of the small-print of football competition rules can find more detail on the Football League website.

  69. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Perrett: Wembley, Wembley, we're the famous Wycombe Wanderers and we're going to Wembley!

    JC: We've seen this before! Don't count out Plymouth just yet.

    Any way back into this Plymouth fans or have Wycombe got this sewn up? And who is going to break the deadlock at Roots Hall? Let us know your thoughts using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  70. Post update

    HT: Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    While someone is dispatched to find a generic throat lozenge for the manager, you have to say that John Sheridan's decision to keep faith with Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra in attack is not proving a good one on the evidence of the first half. That said, they have been starved of possession and service.


    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    It's time for a break at Adams Park and Plymouth are going to have to stage an even more impressive comeback than what they produced in the first leg if they are to get to Wembley. Wycombe are in almost complete control. We hear Argyle manager John Sheridan may have lost his voice...


    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Andrew Madley blows his whistle at the end of two minutes of added time and the players trudge off for a half-time cuppa.

    It's been fast and frenetic and there have been few clear chances - the best of which was wasted by Barry Corr.

    It's still level with all to play for.

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    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "He may be enjoying a rich vein of goalscoring form lately, but Barry Corr really should have scored there!

    "How costly could a miss like that be for Southend?

    "In a game of so few clear openings, you're going to have to take you chances."


    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Anthony O'Connor flies into a tackle on Sam Wood

    You probably won't be overly surprised - judging by this photograph - to learn that Plymouth's Anthony O'Connor was booked a few minutes ago for this challenge on Wycombe's Sam Wood.

  75. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Big chance for Southend striker Barry Corr goes begging. He fools his defender with a lovely dummy and dinks the ball over Chris Day but also the wrong side of the post from 12 yards.

  76. Post update

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    After that Alfie Mawson goal, Wycombe fans have begun goading those from Devon by waving around their phones in the air with the lights ablaze, mimicking the spectacle laid on at Home Park after the Pilgrims' late fightback last week. Looks pretty spectacular in this packed-in ground.


    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Stevenage will have to make a change before the break. Chris Whelpdale looks like he might have picked up a groin problem and is replaced by Tom Pett.

  78. Post update

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Plymouth have finally been stung into action, forcing three corners - their first of the match - in quick succession, but they are unable to really trouble stand-in keeper Alex Lynch. They desperately need a goal before the break.

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    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Adrian Clarke

    Ex-Southend midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It was a brutal game on Sunday. This is not as physical but it is very competitive. It is a typical League Two fixture."

  80. GOAL Alfie Mawson (34 mins)

    Wycombe 2-0 Plymouth (agg 5-2)

    Alfie Mawson

    Let's just double check... no, it wasn't a replay of the first goal.

    Wycombe score from a set-piece yet again as a near-post corner from Joe Jacobson is headed in powerfully by Alfie Mawson with Luke McCormick - who had made a superb one-handed save from Sam Saunders to concede the corner - again rather flapping at the inswinging ball.

  81. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Plymouth boss John Sheridan

    It's fair to say John Sheridan doesn't look overly impressed with what he's seen from his Plymouth players so far....

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Shuvam Sinha: What happens if the tie is level on aggregate after 90 minutes and 120 minutes respectively? Any away-goals scenario?

    Tom Reyner: Yet again the Chairboys performing well! Come on you Blues, keep it up!

    We'll fill you in on those details at half-time Shuvam.

  83. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    "Much like the first 20 minutes of the first leg, this has been a game of few chances so far.

    "But Southend have looked the more likely to take the lead and Joe Pigott is putting himself about up front.

    "Phil Brown's side were the better team on Sunday, so there is a slight air of expectancy in the crowd tonight. On the other hand, there are also plenty of nervous faces.

    "Southend have lost in the League Two play-off semi-finals twice in the past four years - they desperately want to avoid adding to that statistic."

  84. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    "Plymouth have barely had a look in this half, and don't the Wycombe fans know it. They're in fine voice tonight, beginning to dream of a trip down Wembley Way.

    "Gareth Ainsworth's wish to 'get this place rocking' has come to fruition."

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    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    First real opening for Stevenage as Ben Kennedy bursts into the box and fires a left-footed drive into the side netting. Daniel Bentley's 13th successive home clean sheet remains intact for now.

  86. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Wycombe are bossing this, dominating possession and - as a header from defender Nico Yennaris at the far post goes narrowly wide - creating all the opportunities. The stats show that Argyle are yet to have a shot, on or off target.

  87. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Wycombe midfielder Sam Saunders does a good turn by Plymouth's Anthony O'Connor after taking a boot in the face from the youngster. In a scene perhaps befitting a more gentlemanly age, he picks himself up and jogs away.

    We can probably all think of a few players who would be halfway to a plastic surgeon by now...

  88. CLOSE!

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Close for Southend! David Worrall floats over a fantastic cross which Barry Corr tees up for Joe Pigott to fire a low shot just wide.

  89. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Southend left-back Ben Coker cuts in on to his right foot and curls in a shot which Chris Day gathers diving low to his left. Good hands there from the veteran keeper in the wet.

  90. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Plymouth look a bit rattled, it must be said. A simple ball down the channel from Wycombe is collected by Argyle's Carl McHugh, but under pressure from Hogan Ephraim he plays a horrible back pass that goes straight out for the Chairboys' fourth corner of the match.


    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Southend v Stevenage

    First clear opening of the game goes to Southend. David Worrall and Barry Corr link up well and the midfielder fires in a low shot that Chris Day palms away.

  92. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Plymouth manager John Sheridan said pre-match had to keep a clean sheet. Things clearly haven't gone to plan on that front, so what's Plan B for the Pilgrims? Argyle haven't created much so far but are they going to have to throw caution to the wind now?

  93. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    "Paul Hayes clearly enjoyed scoring that goal in front of the Argyle fans, who remember his brief unsuccessful loan spell with the club.

    "Plymouth fans are not deterred despite being two goals down on aggregate, and Woody is still banging that drum."

  94. Post update

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Luke McCormick may not have covered himself in glory with the goal just now but he produces two fine saves within seconds of each other tokeep his side in the tie. Aaron Holloway bursts straight through the middle but McCormick saves from him one-on-one, and does it again from Hayes' follow-up effort. A third strike from Holloway sails over but Argyle are living dangerously.

  95. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Chris Day

    Almost a moment to forget for Stevenage keeper Chris Day, who completely misses Ryan Leonard's hanging cross. Fortunately, Chris Whelpdale is on hand to boot the loose ball clear.

  96. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Former Southend winger David Martin wins the visitors another corner wide on their left. It's a deep one but keeper Daniel Bentley is able to collect as the ball is headed back across goal.

  97. GOAL Paul Hayes (7 mins)

    Wycombe 1-0 Plymouth (agg 4-2)

    Paul Hayes scores

    Plymouth don't seem to have learned the lessons of the first leg as Paul Hayes grabs the opener on the night from yet another set-piece. It's a vicious inswinging corner that Luke McCormick gets a nothing sort of punch on, and as the ball returns to earth Hayes swivels and fires home from about two yards out after it's nodded back towards him.

  98. Post update

    Wycombe 0-0 Plymouth (agg 3-2)

    Plymouth's Anthony O'Connor is holding his ribs after coming to ground awkwardly, but a bit of treatment on the sidelines does the trick and he grits his teeth and gets on with it.

  99. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Southend midfielder Michael Timlin is playing in a Peter Cech-style headguard. No surprise, I guess, given that head wound he sustained in the first leg.

  100. Post update

    Wycombe 0-0 Plymouth (agg 3-2)

    Wycombe win a corner seconds after the start and force a second with a minute yet to come round on the clock. Plymouth survive but I think you could call that a positive start from the side with a one-goal lead.

  101. Post update

    Southend 0-0 Stevenage (agg 1-1)

    Positive start for Stevenage, with Dean Parrett's deflected shot earning them an early corner, which the Shrimpers clear at the second attempt after Boro's Ben Kennedy goes down in the box. No penalty says referee Graham Scott.

  102. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Freddy Harper-Davis: Would have picked ansah instead of Ruben Reid but the rest is pretty accurate #pafc argyle to win 3-1 on penalties

  103. KICK-OFF

    We're under way at Roots Hall and Adams Park. It's time to find out who's going on their summer holidays and who's got a rather big game to prepare for...

    Hold on to your hats, whoever you support.

  104. Listen to live radio commentary

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    As well as following this evening's text coverage, you can also listen to the Southend v Stevenage game which is being simulcast by BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Essex.

    You can listen by clicking on the audio icon above.

    Contractual restrictions mean we are unable to bring you commentary of Wycombe v Plymouth.

  105. Post update

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Roots Hall

    Roots Hall

    "In stark contrast to the perfect summer evening which was Sunday night's first leg at the Lamex Stadium, it could hardly be wetter at Roots Hall tonight.

    "It has been raining virtually all day in Essex and they have had plastic covers on the pitch to ensure this game goes ahead.

    "There's nothing damp about the atmosphere though. Both sets of fans are in the mood for a night to remember."

  106. More to come from Boro

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    Graham Westley

    It's fair to say Stevenage boss Graham Westley felt that his side didn't make the most of home advantage in Sunday's first leg.

    But he's confident that Boro, who won four of their last six games to reach the play-offs, will put on a better show at Roots Hall.

    "I have got a feeling we will be a side that is drawn to the finish line," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "It is in our nature, it is in our make-up and you can definitely feel the confidence and the authority within the squad growing. There is a strong sense of belief in us.

    "We have had a long hard look at ourselves from the first leg. We were disappointed with what we did, we know we have got more in us and we know that our level wasn't good enough."

  107. No need for risks

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    Phil Brown

    Southend boss Phil Brown felt his side were the better team at the Lamex Stadium and is confident that trend will continue in this evening's meeting.

    "Both sides have had a look at each other now and there's certainly an opportunity for us to win the game," Brown, whose side lost to Burton in last season's play-off semi-finals, told BBC Essex.

    "I don't want the players going out there trying to win the game in the first minute though, because then you're taking risks and there's no need for that. We just need to play the sort of football we know we can."

  108. Southend's Schmeichel

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    Daniel Bentley

    Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley might not have been playing tonight had it not been for Peter Schmeichel - not that the Manchester United legend would know a lot about it.

    Bentley, 21, was given a choice at the age of 10 whether to become a left-back or a keeper.

    Opting for the latter has proved a wise decision as he kept 19 clean sheets last season and this term has set a new, and currently unbroken, club record of 12 successive shut outs at home.

    He's also just been named the Football League's young player of the month for April.

    Kalika Mehta found out a bit more about the Shrimpers' Schmeichel.

  109. Post update

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Adams Park

    Adams Park

    "Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has called for his side's fans to 'get Adams Park place rocking' in his programme notes. Like they need any geeing up...

    'The Chairboys are hoping to end a three-year stay in the Football League's bottom tier, and after surviving relegation on the final day of last season, tonight is the culmination of a remarkable turnaround for this club.

    "Ainsworth himself will be hoping to banish some Wembley demons, having lost there as a 21-year-old playing for Preston against Wycombe in 1994.

    "The man in his opposite dugout John Sheridan had good memories of the national stadium, scoring the winner for Sheffield Wednesday against Manchester United in the 1991 League Cup final.

    "He will be hoping top scorer Reuben Reid will return to form tonight, having only scored once in his last seven games, a barren spell by his terms."

  110. 15 minutes to kick-off

    Only 15 minutes to go before these ties get under way. The atmosphere is building at both stadiums.

  111. Another away day?

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    The last six matches between the two clubs have all been won by the away side - a repeat of that tonight could be enough to take Plymouth Argyle to Wembley on 23 May.

    For the avoidance of doubt, by the way, away goals are NOT a consideration in the play-offs, but penalties are very much part of the equation…

  112. Safety first

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    John Sheridan

    It goes without saying that Argyle need to score tonight - but Pilgrims boss John Sheridan's focus is on a more defensively disciplined display to avoid the tie being taken out of their grasp. I don't think we're going to see four up top and Luke McCormick going up for every corner…

    "I feel as though we've got to keep a clean sheet," Sheridan told BBC Devon.

    "I'm confident that we can get a goal. I feel as though we're still right bang in the tie. I know we've got to score a goal, so we've got to try to force the issue and get at them, but at the same time there's 90 minutes."

  113. Road to Wembley (and Eden)

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    Gareth Ainsworth

    Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth probably has quite a bit on his plate at the moment, but if there's anyone who would appreciate Wood's talents then it's him.

    Ainsworth - a Doors aficionado - has been the frontman for a couple of bands, including his most recent venture Road To Eden. Football is the priority tonight though…

  114. Drummer boy

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)


    If you notice an unusually rhythmic percussion sound emanating from the away end at Adams Park tonight, there might just be a good reason. Bastille drummer - and Argyle fanatic - Chris 'Woody' Wood (right) is on the sticks for the first time.

    "I'm probably more nervous doing this than I was on the main Isle of Wight stage in front of 40,000 people," the 29-year-old, who has been a summariser on Argyle's games several times for BBC Radio Devon, said.

    "From what I've been told it's quite common for the drum to be passed around during the game, so I'm not against that idea. If someone else fancies a go they're more than welcome."

    He might need to learn the backbeat for Bob Marley & The Wailers classic 'Three Little Birds' which has become the unofficial anthem for Argyle's play-off adventure.

  115. Team news

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    Southend midfielder Michael Timlin starts despite having 15 stitches inserted into a head wound after a clash of heads with Stevenage captain Bira Dembele on Sunday. John White, Ryan Leonard and Will Atkinson are also included after doubts about their fitness.

    Dembele, who had seven stitches of his own, does miss out for Stevenage, with Ronnie Henry on the bench after a hip injury.

  116. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    I imagine there will be a few butterflies in the stomachs of Southend, Stevenage, Wycombe and Plymouth supporters this evening.

    But how is this all going to pan out and who is heading down Wembley way? And what do you make of that team news? Have your managers picked their best teams to get the job done?

    Let us know by using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  117. Team news

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    Goalkeeper Alex Lynch starts for Wycombe again, with first choice Matt Ingram not ready to return from his knee injury, while Hogan Ephraim replaces the injured Steven Craig. Striker Paul Hayes is also fit to start.

    For the visitors, Dominic Blizzard comes in to the side in place of Gethin Jones, with manager John Sheridan resisting the temptation to change his strikeforce in light of the impact made by substitutes Zak Ansah and Jason Banton on Saturday.

  118. LINE-UPS

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    Southend: Bentley, White, Bolger, Barrett, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Timlin, Worrall, Corr, Pigott.

    Subs: Prosser, Weston, Ted Smith, Payne, Deegan, Cassidy, McLaughlin.

    Stevenage: Day, Bond, Wells, Lee, Okimo, Whelpdale, Walton, Parrett, Martin, Kennedy, Beardsley.

    Subs: Ashton, Zola, Pett, Henry, Conlon, Deacon, Dave Beasant.

    Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

  119. LINE-UPS

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    Wycombe: Lynch, Bean, Mawson, Pierre, Jacobson, Yennaris, Wood, Ephraim, Saunders, Amadi-Holloway, Hayes.

    Subs: Bloomfield, Murphy, Fletcher, McClure, Horlock, Kretzschmar, Onyedinma.

    Plymouth: McCormick, Nelson, McHugh, Hartley, Mellor, Blizzard, Bobby Reid, O'Connor, Holmes-Dennis, Reuben Reid, Alessandra.

    Subs: Bittner, Purrington, Banton, Harvey, Jones, Ansah, Brunt.

    Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

  120. Here's the teams

    So that's how we stand going into tonight's matches.

    Now let's find out who will have the destiny of these four clubs in their hands. Here come the teams...

  121. First leg recap - Stevenage 1-1 Southend

    Southend v Stevenage (19:45 BST)

    It's all to play for at Roots Hall after Sunday's meeting at the Lamex Stadium finished all square.

    Dean Parrett put Stevenage in front six minutes into the second half with a shot from 25 yards.

    But Boro's lead lasted only nine minutes as Barry Corr headed in Southend's equaliser.

    Barry Corr heads in

    There had earlier been an eight-minute delay during the first half after Southend's Michael Timlin and Stevenage captain Bira Dembele clashed heads.

    Timlin needed 15 stitches in his wound and Dembele seven. Ouch!

  122. First leg recap - Plymouth 2-3 Wycombe

    Wycombe v Plymouth (19:45 BST)

    It's difficult to say who goes into tonight's clash with the momentum, such was the topsy-turvy nature of the first leg at Home Park on Saturday.

    Plymouth v Wycombe

    Wycombe, who ended the season with the best away record in the Football League, stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Paul Hayes, Aaron Holloway and Steven Craig.

    But a dramatic late fightback, with Zak Ansah and Jason Banton scoring in the 86th and 89th minutes gives the Pilgrims hope.

  123. What's at stake?

    A trip to Wembley in the League Two play-off final on Saturday week is the prize for the aggregate winners of this evening's two ties.

    At Roots Hall, Southend United take on Stevenage, while Plymouth's fans face the long journey (not that they make many short ones!) to Adams Park to face Wycombe.

    First a reminder of where we stand in each of the games after the weekend's first legs.

  124. Post update

    This season's Football League play-offs have already brought us late drama.

    Fernando Amorebieta scores for Middlesbrough

    They've brought us a battle for bragging rights.

    Ipswich v Norwich

    And they've broken records for the number of goals scored in a tie.

    Swindon v Sheffield United

    What do we have in store tonight? Welcome to our coverage of the League Two play-off semi-finals second legs.