Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0: Terriers beat Blades in penalty shoot-out

Huddersfield Town fans Lorna Pearson (left), Ian Lodge (centre) and Helena Kontowtt outside Wembley before the npower League One, Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Huddersfield Town fans Lorna Pearson (left), Ian Lodge (centre) and Helena Kontowtt outside Wembley before the npower League One, Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
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HUDDERSFIELD Town have been promoted to the Championship after winning a dramatic penalty shoot out against Sheffield United in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen suffered the agony of missing the crucial penalty after both sides had taken 10 penalties each.

Sheffield United fans Jack Morton and Bradley Townsend (right) outside Wembley before the npower League One, Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium.

Sheffield United fans Jack Morton and Bradley Townsend (right) outside Wembley before the npower League One, Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium.

Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies had just scored to make it 8-7 but Simonsen blazed his shot over the crossbar.

The Yorkshire clash took time to burst into life and the first 45 minutes witnessed few goalscoring opportunities.

But Danny Ward hit the crossbar for Town at the start of the second half and Town were also unlucky not to score in the latter stages when Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen saved a Peter Clarke header and Michael Doyle cleared Tommy Miller’s follow up shot off the line.

During extra time, Town again came closest to breaking the deadlock but Simonsen saved a close range shot from substitute Alan Lee and a Clarke header was hacked off the line by Nick Montgomery.

Going Up: Huddersfield Town celebrate.

Going Up: Huddersfield Town celebrate.

Stephen Quinn, who had an outstanding afternoon, came closest for the Blades when his shot was blocked brilliantly by Clarke.

Simonsen could easily have been the hero after saving two penalties in the shoot out from Tommy Miller and Alan Lee.

But Smithies saved from Lee Williamson and Matt Lowton and substitute Andy Talor hit a post.

The penalty scorers for Town were Damien Johnson, Peter Clarke, Scott Arfield, Jordan Rhodes, Callum Woods, Jack Hunt, Sean Morrison and Smithies for Town.

The Blades scorers were Neill Collins, Chris Porter, Stephen Quinn, Harry Maguire, Michael Doyle, Michael O’Halloran, and Matt Hill.