Patrick Roberts’ 90th minute strike meant that Sunderland secured a spot at Wembley over Sheffield Wednesday, with the Black Cats setting up a League One play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers.
Drawing 1-1 on the night, Sunderland’s 1-0 victory in the first leg on Friday evening meant that it is now the Wearside club who have progressed.
Lee Gregory opened the scoring for the Owls in the 74th minute before Roberts found the back of the net in the third minute of stoppage time.
Here, we take a look at three things we learnt about the Owls after last night’s result…
Immediate disappointment but the future still looks bright
Sheffield Wednesday ended the campaign strongly, putting in some performances where they simply looked a level above.
Now they have climatised to League One, they will now have every bit of faith that they can secure a return to the Championship during the 2022/23 campaign.
The Owls outperformed Sunderland for the most part yesterday, and whilst it is disappointment now, there will be excitement regarding next season.
Barry Bannan could also remain in a Wednesday shirt, with his post-matches comments, in conversation with Yorkshire Live, suggesting that might just be the case.
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Marvin Johnson will become key next season
Yesterday’s performance was just another example of why he could be so important next season.
Although it was not announced how long his contract at Wednesday was when he signed in the summer, Johnson recently spoke to The Star about the fact that it does go beyond next month.
Possessing a wand of a left foot, and excellent ability when driving forward with the ball, Johnson is someone who has proven to make more and more of an impact as the season has progressed.
Forward line may be deviating next season
Gregory has proven to be an excellent addition to the squad, netting what was his 17th of the campaign last night.
Under contract for another year at Hillsborough, Gregory is someone who could be crucial next season.
Josh Windass is also still under contract until next year, and given the lack of football he has played this season, it is unknown whether he will attract the same amount of interest as he did last year.
Should Gregory and Windass play up top together consistently next season, then they will be a force to be reckoned with.