Luton’s Harry Cornick scores from Reading keeper Orjan Nyland’s howler of the season to all but seal a playoff place on the final day.
Kenilworth Road erupted as the Royals keeper Nyland gifted Luton a surprise opener by rolling the ball out in front of him, totally oblivious to the fact Cornick was lurking behind.
You can guess what happened next, Cornick nipped in to steal the ball and rolled the ball into an empty net to produce jubilant scenes.
Lee Hendrie said watching it back on Soccer Saturday: “I cannot believe he hasn’t looked behind him. That is a schoolboy error. An absolute gift.”
😳 “EXTRAORDINARY SCENES!”
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 7, 2022
𝙊𝙝 𝙣𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙮 😳
Luton Town are gifted a goal which will be massive for their play-off chase
Reading goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland didn’t see Harry Cornick waiting behind him 😅 pic.twitter.com/hLb4KxboBV
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 7, 2022
Twitter users reacted as Luton’s Harry Cornick scores from Reading keeper Orjan Nyland’s howler of the season…
@maguiirree: Got match fixing written all
@ScottManton: Not seen one of these for a while 😭 over it
@readingfclens: Nyland. You absolute fucking donkey
@LFCLaurie: Nyland is absolutely horrendous. Terrible for Villa and that’s just awful. About League 2 standard.
@NS1871xx: Fuck off Nyland
@JJLozzer: How Nyland is still at Championship level I’ll never know
@gaz_boot: I see Nyland is still fucking useless
@18AVFC74: Nyland is the worst professional goalkeeper I have ever seen and no one can tell me different
@UpTheAstonVilla: I remember when Villa fans were trying to tell me Nyland was good. Yet another huge clanger for him 😂
@Bcfc_Zane: What is the keeper doing
@JoshRFC_: Had a bet on Luton to score first
@louorns: Nyland one of the worst keepers I’ve ever seen
@ElmParkRoyals: Nyland falling for the oldest trick in book. Abysmal moment.
@AVFCStatto: Orjan Nyland has just had a mare for Reading against Luton.
HOW DID IT PLAY OUT? (VIA BBC SPORT)
It\s simple going into today’s games for Sheffield United and Luton.
Win against Fulham and Reading and they’ll be in the playoffs regardless of other results.
Like the two sides above them, Middlesbrough and Millwall know what they have to do. WIN.
Anything other than away victories for these pair will mean Sheffield United and Luton will be in the playoffs regardless of their own results.
GOAL: Sheff Utd 1-0 Fulham
Morgan Gibbs-White (10 mins)
The goal the home fans desperately wanted!
Morgan Gibbs-White gives Sheffield United the lead.
The Wolves loanee heads past Paolo Gazzaniga from Oli Norwood’s cross.
Rather curious attempted save from the Fulham keeper it has to be said.
Blades fans wont care. They’re in the play-offs if it stays like this.
GOAL: Sheff Utd 2-0 Fulham
Iliman Ndiaye (21 mins)
It gets better and better for the Blades!
They double their money against the title winners and barring a pretty unlikely comeback they are going to be in the play-offs now.
Iliman Ndiaye scores in a third successive game.
Jean Michael Seri slips in the midfield for the away side and Sander Berge says thanks very much and plays in Morgan Gibbs-White and he unselfishly squares for Ndiaye to sweep home.
GOAL: Preston North End 1-0 Middlesbrough
Alan Browne (24 mins)
Middlesbrough’s job just got an awful lot harder this afternoon…
It’s Preston captain Alan Browne who has given the home side the lead, with a very stylish goal after a period of pressure from the hosts.
Brad Potts sent a cross into the box and Browne cooly chested the ball down, then volleyed it into the back of the net.
GOAL: Sheff Utd 3-0 Fulham
Sander Berge (25 mins)
Are Fulham going to go from winning a game 7-0 to losing one by the same scoreline?!
Sander Berge makes it 3-0 to the home side and the majority of the packed out Bramall Lane are having an absolute blast.
Iliman Ndiaye gets in down the inside left for the home side and squares for the big Norwegian to score from six yards out.
Fulham’s defending for all three goals could charitably be described as lax.
GOAL: Preston North End 2-0 Middlesbrough
Dael Fry OG (35 mins)
It’s gone from bad to worse for Middlesbrough, who have one massive task on their hands now.
Emil Riis made a decent break down the left and somehow snuck past two Boro defenders, who really should have dealt with him.
He got into the box and took a shot, which seemed to go under the keeper and got a little deflection from centre-back Dael Fry into the back of the net.
GOAL: Luton 1-0 Reading
Harry Cornick (45+1 min)
The breakthrough the Hatters needed!
Orjan Nyland will not want to see this again!
The Norwegian goalkeeper throws the ball down to clear up the field but what’s that? Harry Cornick is behind him!
The forward pinches the ball off him and taps into the empty net.
Do they still make own goals and gaffes football videos?
Championship half-time headlines
Sheffield United cruising into the play-offs, as they lead champions Fulham 3-0.
Luton leading Reading 1-0 and will finish sixth unless the Royals can turn it around.
Middlesbrough’s play-off hopes all but over as they trail 2-0 at Preston and must win, and hope Luton don’t, to get a top six berth.
Huddersfield two goals to the good against Bristol City and on course to finish third.
West Brom beating relegated Barnsley 2-0, Blackburn winning at Birmingham by the same score.
Relegated Peterborough 1-0 up against Blackpool and Stoke and Coventry drawing 1-1.
GOAL: Preston North End 2-1 Middlesbrough
Marcus Tavernier (48 mins)
The comeback is on!!
Whatever kind of talking-to Chris Wilder gave his players at half-time clearly worked, as Boro have got off to the perfect start pulling a goal back just three minutes in.
Anfernee Dijksteel whipped in a perfect cross-field pass, that looked like it was a strike at goal itself initially. Either way, Marcus Tavernier was there to nod it into the net from close range at the far post. He couldn’t miss, really.
Now then, can Boro push on and turn this match around?
GOAL: Sheff Utd 4-0 Fulham
Enda Stevens (49 mins)
Hang on. Could Fulham ACTUALLY lose 7-0 today?!
The champions are getting absolutely hammered in the South Yorkshire sun.
Nice play from the home side ends with wing-back Enda Stevens slotting home coolly.
The Blades will be in the play-offs.
GOAL: Preston North End 3-1 Middlesbrough
Emil Riis (53 mins)
No sooner had Boro seemed to get themselves back in this match, they go and concede immediately at the other end.
With Boro pushing for a second goal, gaps inevitably were always going to open up. Although this was a pretty big one that allowed Emil Riis through to the box, to chase down Cameron Archer’s pass.
Riis then calmly chipped the ball over Luke Daniels for his 19th goal of the season.
That’s surely Middlesbrough’s play-off chances done and dusted now.
GOAL: Preston North End 4-1 Middlesbrough
Emil Riis (74 mins penalty)
And that will surely be that for Middlesbrough whose afternoon has tanked southwards from bad, to really bad, to the absolute worst.
Not only has the referee pointed to the spot after Paddy McNair handballed a shot from Cameron Archer, the Northern Irishman was then shown a red card and sent off meaning Boro will see out the season with 10 men.
Riis stepped up to take the penalty and calmly slotted it into the bottom right corner for his second, and Preston’s fourth, of the day.
GOAL: Bournemouth 1-0 Millwall
Kieffer Moore (81 mins)
That’s Millwall’s slight play-off chances over.
Kieffer Moore surely has the best minutes-to-goal ratio of any player in the Championship this season?
Having been the hero of the night midweek when Bournemouth secured their promotion, 11 minutes after coming on from the bench the Welshman puts the Cherries ahead again, this time in a one-on-one with Bartosz Bialkowski.
GOAL: Hull City 0-1 Nottingham Forest
Brennan Johnson penalty (90 mins)
With just about the last kick of the game Brenann Johnson converts a penalty after Sam Surridge was felled.
That means Forest will finish third and play Luton in the play-offs.
GOAL: Hull City 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest WILL NOT finish third!
Lewie Coyle has levelled for the home side!
– Sheffield United finish fifth and Luton sixth after home wins over Fulham and Reading respectively. The Blades humbled the Whites 4-0.
– Middlesbrough miss out on a place in the play-offs after falling to a 4-1 defeat at Preston.
– Second-placed Bournemouth beat Millwall 1-0 and Huddersfield finish third with a 2-0 win over Bristol City.
– Nottingham Forest finish fourth after two late goals see them draw 1-1 at Hull.
– Relegated Barnsley lost 4-0 at West Brom and League One-bound
– Peterborough end the season in style with a 5-0 victory over Blackpool.
– Blackburn win 2-1 at Birmingham and Swansea lose 1-0 at home to QPR.
It’ll be Luton v Huddersfield and Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest in the play-off semi-finals.
The first leg in the Hatters v Terriers game is on Friday evening with a 19:45 BST kick off and the game at Bramall Lane is a 15:00 BST kick off on Saturday.
FULL TIME SCORES ON FINALE DAY:
FT AFC Bournemouth (0) 1-0 (0) Millwall
FT Birmingham City (0) 1-2 (2) Blackburn Rovers
FT Derby County (0) 0-1 (0) Cardiff City
FT Huddersfield Town (2) 2-0 (0) Bristol City
FT Hull City (0) 1-1 (0) Nottingham Forest
FT Luton Town (1) 1-0 (0) Reading
FT Peterborough United (1) 5-0 (0) Blackpool
FT Preston North End (2) 4-1 (0) Middlesbrough
FT Sheffield United (3) 4-0 (0) Fulham
FT Stoke City (1) 1-1 (1) Coventry City
FT Swansea City (0) 0-1 (0) Queens Park Rangers
FT West Bromwich Albion (2) 4-0 (0) Barnsley