Bristol City celebrated the league title on Sunday with a 8-2 demolishing of Walsall, having already known they’d no longer be at the third level of English football for a while.
The same cannot be said for MK Dons, who, despite going into the final day as underdogs to finish second, pipped Preston to the post thanks to a 5-1 win over Yeovil and George Moncur’s crucial winner for Colchester.
With the regular season over, all that remains is four teams, battling it over three games to get to the Sky Bet Championship.
First up you have third placed Preston North End, no doubt the best out of the four on paper.
However, as we all know, the play-offs aren’t about who’s got the better team, it’s all about who’s got the bottle.
As for Preston, they have the worst play-off record in recent history, losing out in all nine attempts.
The heartbreak throughout the club was clearly visible on Sunday and sadly for Preston fans, despite their side being the third best team in the league, I can’t see them getting over that heartbreak to make it 10th time lucky.
Their opponents Chesterfield, had the advantage of knowing whoever they face will still be suffering a hangover from their automatic promotion heartbreak.
The fact that it’s Preston rather than MK who lost out could play even more into the Spireites hands, as Preston began Sunday in second place, and were recently five points clear.
Chesterfield can also face North End without any pressure on them, having finished 20 points below their opponents in their first year back in League One.
I can see the Spireites capitalising on Preston’s final day disappointment and possibly making it successive promotions into the Championship.
The other tie sees Swindon Town face sleeping giants Sheffield United.
Mark Cooper has taken the unusual approach of resting his play-offs in recent games rather than trying to go into the play-offs with confidence, something that has seen Swindon in relegation form.
Sheffield United’s form isn’t much better, picking up just one win in the last six but I do believe Cooper has made the wrong decision and the Blades will be joining the Spireites for a local derby at Wembley.
The play-offs are a cruel mistress, and I can see Chesterfield showing just how cruel it is by beating a team so far ahead of them before celebrating a fantastic first season back in the third tier by going one better on the 24th May.