Sky Bet EFL: Team of the Play-Offs
We’ve picked out 11 players and a manager to make up one final selection. So here’s our Team of the Play-Offs, and a chance to relive some of the post-season highlights.
Goalkeeper: Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town)
A hero in the semi-final shoot-out against Sheffield Wednesday, Ward repeated the feat at Wembley.
Two saves against the Owls were followed up by the on-loan stopper denying Jordan Obita from 12 yards, setting his side up for Play-Off Final victory.
Defender: Tony Craig (Millwall)
Craig set up the goal that began Millwall’s semi-final comeback against Scunthorpe United, providing a superb cross for Steve Morison to score.
The captain backed that up with an immense performance at Wembley, nullifying Bradford City’s threat as the Lions secured Sky Bet League One promotion.
Defender: Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town)
The German stood tall at the back throughout Huddersfield’s Play-Off campaign, including keeping Reading at bay in the Play-Off Final.
And then, he stepped up from 12 yards, scoring the penalty which sent the Terriers to the Premier League.
Defender: Chris Gunter (Reading)
Ever dependable, Gunter was part of an impressive Reading defence which stemmed the attack of Fulham and Huddersfield during their Play-Offs campaign.
The full-back let little past him and provided an attacking outlet down the right, but he fell just short of captaining the Royals back to the top flight.
Midfielder: Bright Osayi-Samuel (Blackpool)
The future’s definitely bright for the young winger, who was introduced in the Play-Off Final as an early substitute after an injury to centre-back Tom Aldred.
That forced a tactical reshuffle, but Osayi-Samuel provided a crucial outlet and was a constant threat, helping to swing the game back in Blackpool’s favour.
Midfielder: Shaun Williams (Millwall)
A calm and composed figure in midfield, Williams excelled for Millwall over their three Play-Off games.
With the clock ticking towards the 90-minute mark at Wembley, the Irishman then provided a touch of class, with his cross leading to the promotion-winning goal.
Midfielder: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town)
Mooy demonstrated his class again throughout the Play-Offs, and was one of Huddersfield’s star performers again at Wembley.
He also coolly slotted in the Play-Off Final shoot-out, scoring the fourth kick to bring the Terriers back level.
Midfielder: Brad Potts (Blackpool)
Potts was influential in Blackpool’s semi-final success against Luton Town, and he was named Man of the Match at Wembley.
Opening the scoring early on, Potts continued to be a driving force, and set up the promotion-winning goal in the 2-1 success over Exeter City.
Midfielder: David Wheeler (Exeter City)
The winger carried his league form into the Play-Offs, impressing and getting on the scoresheet in the thrilling two-legged semi-final against Carlisle United.
He stood out at Wembley, too, where he scored a sublime goal – although it wasn’t enough to carry Exeter to victory.
Forward: Steve Morison (Millwall)
After scoring twice and setting the other up in a 3-2 semi-final win at Scunthorpe, Morison took centre stage again in the Play-Off Final.
Leading the line superbly, the striker demonstrated his prowess in front of goal again, grabbing the late winner which fired the Lions to the Sky Bet Championship.
Forward: Mark Cullen (Blackpool)
A star of the Play-Offs, Cullen scored a semi-final first leg hat-trick to give Blackpool the advantage over former club Luton Town, and notched two assists in the second leg.
Then to Wembley, where an exquisite lay-off set up Potts’ opener, before poking home himself to send the Seasiders back to Sky Bet League One.
Manager: Neil Harris (Millwall)
After suffering Play-Off Final heartache last term, Harris lifted his Lions to guide them back to the post-season.
After finishing sixth, Millwall had to do it the hard way – overcoming Scunthorpe and then Bradford to return to the Sky Bet Championship.
— Sky Bet League One (@SkyBetLeagueOne) May 20, 2017