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Latest team to win promotion to Championship via the League One playoffs confirmed

The latest team to win promotion to Championship via the League One playoffs has been confirmed following tonight’s much anticipated clash.

It was of course a playoff final with a difference, no fans were allowed in at Wembley due to the government’s coronavirus guidelines.

Supporters were able to watch on in spirits from the comfort of their own homes as the game was televised on Sky Sports.

Wycombe were the team to seal that all important promotion which sees them reach the Championship for the first time in their club’s history, fair to say Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth was right to describe the game as their biggest of all time.

This season saw Oxford finish the 2019/20 season in 4th place, based on a PPG version of the League One table. The campaign had nine remaining games to be played, but due to club’s finances, it was voted to cancel by the majority.

For Wycombe, they controversially rose five places from eight to third in the table to enter the play-offs.

In the first leg against Fleetwood, there was three goals within the first six minutes, along with two sending offs for Joey Barton’s side, and Wycombe comfortably took a 4-1 victory into the second leg.

There was a good attempt of a comeback from Fleetwood, who certainly didn’t sit back, however Wycombe held on to draw 2-2 and win 6-3 on aggregate to seal their place at Wembley.

For the U’s, they were held to a draw at Fratton Park, however it had to be done the hard way in the return leg, when another 1-1 draw meant it went to penalties.

After Simon Eastwood’s save of Cameron McGheehan’s effort, Cameron Brannagan smashed in the decisive spot-kick to put them in the final.

So how did the final play out:

It took just nine minutes for the opener to be found, Joe Jacobson sent in a corner that caused Oxford problems, the ball met Anthony Stewart’s head before it looked to have came off an Oxford player and into the back of the net.

Oxford got close to finding an equaliser just over the 30-minute mark. Rob Dickie’s quick clearance was played in to Sykes who gets in a low cross but Stewart was there with a vital block which led to a Wycombe clearance.

Both teams went into the break with Wycombe 1-0 up against their opponents from down the M40.

Oxford dominated in terms of stats, especially possession, but the impressive defensive display of Wycombe kept them ahead.

Karl Robinson’s side finally got that all important leveller in the 57th minute when Mark Sykes put in what had to be a cross towards goal, but instead it dinked over keeper Ryan Allsop from a incredibly tight angle and at quite a pace.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Fred Onyedinma ended up getting flattened by Simon Eastwood, although replays shows the linesman miss the Wycombe player go narrowly offside in the lead up.

Sloppy defending saw Fred nip in, the keeper came flying out, and ended up getting all of the man and none of the ball.

Joe Jacobson the taker and he calmly sent it down the middle to put Wycombe back in front.

Despite late chances from Oxford to find a winner, the U’s couldn’t find a second equaliser.

Wycombe become the latest team to win promotion to the Championship for the first time in their 133-year history after beating Oxford 2-1 at Wembley.

Wycombe goalscorer Joe Jacobson told Sky Sports: “It’s unbelievable, I was thinking don’t miss the penalty, our goalkeeping coach said just go down the middle and I trusted him, thankfully it went in.

“This club has never been here before, every game will be a cup final next season and we will enjoy every minute of it.”

Adebayo Akinfenwa on Sky Sports Football: “Four years ago I stood here and I was technically unemployed. This time around it was so much sweeter.

“I hope my story shows that the only opinion that matters is your own. I was lucky enough to find a manager and players that believed in me and now I’ll say it for the people at the back – Wycombe are in the Championship!

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told Sky Sports: “It was amazing. We can’t afford the best footballing players but heart and determination – that was a Wycombe performance.

“They ground it out and I can’t believe that we’re a Championship club.

“We had nine players turn up on the first day of pre-season and two of them were trialists. Today is for all the fans watching at home.”

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