Championship play-off composition confirmed as Sheffield Utd and Luton clinch final places

The Blades and Hatters both recorded home wins on the final day of the regular Championship campaign to secure their participation in the season-ending showpiece.

Sheffield United sealed their place in the Championship play-offs with an emphatic win over champions Fulham

Sheffield United and Luton Town booked their places in the Championship play-offs on the final day of the regular season.

The pair sat in fifth and sixth place respectively at the start of the day – and two home wins ensured that’s how it stayed. They will now join Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town in the play-offs, with only one of those sides set to join Fulham and Bournemouth in the Premier League next season.

The Blades headed into today’s home fixture with champions Fulham knowing only a win would guarantee their entry into the end-of-season lottery. And although he came up against a Cottagers side fresh out of a title-sealing 7-0 against Luton, Paul Heckingbottom’s side were rampant.

They found themselves trailing 3-0 in 25 minutes thanks to strikes from Morgan Gibbs-White, Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge to shock the visitors. Enda Stevens made it 4-0 after the restart on a momentous day for the Blades as they ended the regular campaign on a high.

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Luton also booked their place in the top six – and that was thanks to a giveaway in a 1-0 home win over Reading. Royals stopper Orjan Nyland inexplicably dropped the ball in his area unaware that Harry Cornick was loitering. The Luton man happily rounded the keeper and tapped in just before the break. And that’s how Nathan Jones’ men clinched sixth place.

Middlesbrough’s chances of finishing in the top six rested on their win at Preston North End. But Chris Wilder’s side simply didn’t show up and a heavy 4-1 loss to Lilywhites – including an Emil Riis brace – ended their dim hopes.

Millwall also entered the day with an away chance to reach the play-offs, but Gary Rowett’s side lost 1-0 to promoted Bournemouth with Kieffer Moore’s late effort as the only goal of the game.

Huddersfield’s 2-0 win over Bristol City saw them steal third place from Forest.

Forest believed they had notched a late winner in Hull thanks to Brennan Johnson’s stoppage time penalty. But Keane Lewis-Potter had the last laugh to make it 1-1 and ensure Steve Cooper’s side finished fourth and will now meet Sheffield United over two legs.

The other draw sees Huddersfield take on Luton. The championship play-offs begin on Friday.

Confirmed play-off dates

first legs

Friday 13 May, 7.45pm – Luton v Huddersfield

Saturday 14 May, 3pm – Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest

Return matches

Monday 16 May, 7.45pm – Huddersfield v Luton Town

Tuesday 17 May, 7:45 p.m. – Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United


Sunday May 29, 3 p.m. – At Wembley Stadium

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