Charlton Athletic beat Doncaster Rovers to reach the League One play-off final


Krystian Bielik prolonged Charlton’s lead within the tie internal two minutes of the 2nd leg

Charlton Athletic beat Doncaster on penalties to succeed within the League One play-off last after Rovers had compelled additional-time on a dramatic night time at The Valley.

Krystian Bielik’s 2nd-minute header made it 3-1 to the hosts on aggregate and gave the impression cherish it can put the Addicks comfortably on course for the last, nonetheless a driven effort from Doncaster captain Tommy Rowe and Andy Butler’s gradual header sent the tie to time past law.

Doncaster went ahead on aggregate for the first time when John Marquis nodded in Mallik Wilks’ centre within the a centesimal minute, nonetheless Darren Pratley made it 4-4 overall when he grew to change into a free ball residence after Marko Marosi had spilled Lyle Taylor’s low ghastly.

Charlton centre-attend Naby Sarr overlooked the likelihood to come to a decision on it within the shootout after Dillon Phillips had saved from Marquis, nonetheless Rowe blazed wide to send the Addicks to Wembley and spark a pitch invasion by residence fans.

Lee Bowyer’s side – beaten play-off semi-finalists closing season – will now face Sunderland at the national stadium on Sunday, 26 Would maybe fair, with the south-east London club aiming to pause their three-yr exile from the Championship.

Charlton, who completed third – 15 capabilities sooner than Rovers within the desk – took an early lead by way of Bielik’s thumping header from Josh Cullen’s clipped free-kick.

The Addicks had been unbeaten in 17 residence league games coming into the 2nd leg, nonetheless a tidy flick from Herbie Kane allowed Rowe to equalise and a lustrous low set from Dillon Phillips stopped Marquis from making it 2-1 on the night time quickly afterwards.

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The 2nd half of grew to change into extra and additional fractious and had few possibilities of present, though Josh Parker prodded narrowly wide from a ball in from Taylor, earlier than Butler rose excessive at the attend put up to head in Ali Crawford’s corner gradual on and send the match into time past law.

Primitive Millwall striker Marquis put the company ahead along with his twenty sixth goal of the advertising campaign nonetheless the Addicks hit attend straight by way of Pratley to send the game to put-kicks.

Playing at a sold-out stadium, with their greatest crowd since 2012 – the yr the Addicks won the League One title – Rowe’s hurry over allowed the residence fans to celebrate with gamers on the pitch and study just a few return to the 2nd tier, no matter suffering their first residence league defeat since October.

Charlton’s progress sets up a repeat of the 1998 2nd-tier play-off last, when they beat Sunderland 7-6 on penalties following a dramatic 4-4 design at the frail Wembley, a match which integrated a hat-trick for used Addicks striker Clive Mendonca.

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer:

“I mentioned it can be a steady soccer match, with two teams who put their bodies on the line, and both sets of gamers gave their all.

“We had been so tired nonetheless the gamers saved going by way of time past law. No-one has performed to us this season what Doncaster did tonight.

“I changed into once OK by way of the penalty shoot-out. You valid hope that your keeper guesses stunning, which he did.

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“To steer this spirited unbiased of gamers out at Wembley, with our fans singing their hearts out cherish they discontinuance, I judge it can be an emotional time for me.”

Doncaster Rovers supervisor Grant McCann:

“I’m extremely proud. On reflection, aside from the first half of within the first game we had been the better crew overall.

“The gamers had been prominent after no-one gave us a raffle nonetheless, to a man, we had been first class. I relish a squad who accept as true with of their skill and are together, nonetheless sadly penalties are quite of a lottery.

“Everyone ought to tranquil relish with themselves because now we relish performed them off the park and introduced them the final way.

“We had some gorgeous possibilities tonight nonetheless congratulations to Charlton because they’ve performed it. This has given us a taster for subsequent season and this neighborhood will seemingly be stronger.”

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