Monday, 13 May 2013

The play-offs - bloody hell!

Doncaster's last-gasp win at Griffin Park a little over two weeks ago was astonishing footballing drama and we were all sure we wouldn't see a finish like it for some time. Well, it was topped at Vicarage Road in a superb Championship play-off game.

With the match at 2-1 and the tie at 2-2 on aggregate, Watford were pushing for a winner in the final minute when Leicester got forward in front of their own fans and Antony Knockaert went down very easily to win a penalty that should have taken Leicester to Wembley. Leicester and last-minute play-off penalties don't mix - ask Yann Kermorgant. I suspect the rest of the Leicester players were too embarrassed to take the penalty so Knockaert did it himself. I half-expected to see Alumina coming charging out with a leg up in a threatening manner like he had done throughout the match, but instead he dived left as the ball went down the middle. His foot blocked it and he saved the follow-up from close range which saw the ball spin out and be pumped long. With the Watford faithful still bouncing from the justice of it, a cross was swung back-post and knocked down for Troy Deeney to ram home and create pandemonium in the stadium. Deeney himself vaulted the advertising hoarding and was enveloped by fans.

Let's hope Brighton do the business this evening because a final between them and Watford promises to be a great game.

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