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Sheffield Wednesday were the first team to book a Wembley play-off final place in the Championship last night, a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium proving enough after the 2-0 win they had last Friday at Hillsborough.

This is the first of the play-off games I’ve missed, other than falling asleep like most others trying to watch Wimbledon v Accrington. I was at a supporters clubs meeting at the Turf with news coming through that Lewis Dunk had given Brighton the news with former Claret Ross Wallace getting his second in two games to level it.

Brighton didn’t quite have as many players missing as they were leading people to believe. Anthony Knockaert certainly played and was a major influence in the early stages of the game, and provided the assist for Dunk’s goal.

And there is no doubt that Brighton can have some complaint over the equaliser with Gary Hooper clearly pushing Dunk as the ball came in from Wallace and found the net.

Brighton ended the league season with a 15 point advantage over Sheffield Wednesday but that counts for nothing now; Brighton will play Championship football against next season in the newly named EFL while Wednesday, who will be playing at Wembley for the first time since they lost to Arsenal in both the League Cup and FA Cup Finals of 1993, have that chance of returning to the Premier League they left sixteen years ago.

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