Huddersfield Town earns rich promotion

Huddersfield Town managed to beat Reading in the Championship Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, following a nervy penalty shootout to secure Premier League football next season.

While Huddersfield are minnows in the contemporary sense, they have one of the most storied histories in English football. "I'm so happy we've shown this is possible, that we've brought this fairy tale to a happy conclusion".

As for Reading boss Jaap Stam, he too can look back on a campaign where his side exceeded expectations, although the blow of losing while within touching distance of the Premier League will take some time to get over.

Chelsea talent Kasey Palmer has taken a pot shot at Leeds United fans after he helped Huddersfield Town win promotion to the Premier League.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward, who saved Jordan Obita's penalty to give Schindler the chance to score the victor, paid tribute to manager David Wagner after the victory.

The 44-year-old Dutchman, appointed last summer, guided the Royals to the Championship play-off final after finishing third in the regular season - though they were beaten by Huddersfield in the Wembley showpiece.

"You usually need three or four years to do what we've done", said the charismatic Wagner who was part of Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp's coaching staff at Borussia Dortmund before making the switch to Huddersfield.

"It's a great achievement for all of us", forward Izzy Brown said. "I didn't want to talk about it until the season was over".

With Holloway's QPR having been involved in their own fight to stave off the drop, Wagner was in the mood to celebrate, saying: "By the way, Ian Holloway, all the best for next season".

"I'm so pleased with my players, my group and the whole town, and for the chairman (Dean Hoyle) who backed almost all my ideas".

"There's definitely lots of talented players in the A-League, but until they go and find out if they can do it in a higher league we won't know".

"The boys have worked very hard".

"There's no blame to nobody, everybody is working hard". I'm very disappointed with the result but not by the players. "Penalties is always a lottery".

However, Nahki Wells kept the Terriers in the game, firing home to make it 3-2 to Reading.

  • Julie Sanders