Huddersfield boss David Wagner spoke of his joy after Huddersfield Town booked their place in the Championship play-off finals, after securing a penalty shoot-out victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, the teams couldn’t be separated after Owls’ Steven Fletcher’s opening goal was cancelled out by a Tom Lees’ own-goal in a tense second leg at Hillsborough, which ended 1-1 at the end of extra-time.
On-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward proved to be the hero of the match for Huddersfield, saving Sam Hutchinson and Fernando Forestieri’s attempts to lead 4-3 on victories, making it through to Wembley where they will face Reading for a place in the Premier League.
After finishing last season in 19th position of the second tier, Wagner carried out a major overhaul of the squad, bringing in loanees Aaron Mooy, Ward and Isaiah Brown, along with Germany-born imports Chris Lowe, Michael Hefele and Elias Kachunga.
Wagner told reporters of how proud he was of his players’ efforts.
“We are in the final; the fairy tale goes on and we want to write the next chapter,” he said.
“We were able to manage both legs. At the end, if you play two games and you have to go to the penalty shootout, it says how tight and even the games were.
“I am so proud and happy for our football club. They can celebrate tonight. Huddersfield Town will be at Wembley.
“Huddersfield Town is one game away from the Premier League. Even if I speak about it, it sounds ridiculous, but it is true.”
Huddersfield will now face Jaap Stam’s Reading at Wembley on May 29th, after they overcame Fulham in the other semi-final contest. If they were to beat The Royals, they would be debutants to Premier League, having not played at top flight since 1972.