You want drama? The Championship Playoffs!

May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized by Matt Harrison

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It happened again! On the last day of the League 1 season, Brentford had a penalty in the last minute to clinch promotion, which they missed, and then Doncaster went on the counter attack and scored to not only win promotion, but also the title. Cue viral YouTube clips of commentators, Soccer Saturday pundits and fans alike going suitably apoplectic.


“I have never seen anything like this” was maybe the most overused phrase that day; well, come Sunday lunch time, we were at it again, and this time, about £120m is at stake. Anthony Knockaert’s swan dive was rewarded with a penalty, and then he became the second most famous penalty failure in Leicester after Yann Kermogant. Whilst Vicarage Road bounced in jubilation at getting into extra time, Watford broke and Troy Deeney smashed home a knockdown – which for some reason no one is calling Kasper Schmeichel on, he didn’t need do his weird star fish jump then. Cue scenes. Utter scenes. Zola fell over. It was funny.

Result aside, Watford are a weird one really. The fact that they have played the best football in the division seems to have clouded over the fact that they have pretty much shipped in a Serie A team this season. It seems strange that many fans of Championship clubs dislike Leicester for their free spending ways but love Watford. Either way, Watford deserve their place in the final and Nigel Pearson will now probably get the sack.

Last night, the drama was rather more of a shock. After playing terribly for the last three months it turns out that Crystal Palace and Wilfried Zaha were simply trolling the league all that time, just so they could go away to their biggest rivals and kick them right between the balls. Most people, myself included, expected Brighton to win but Palace’s previous tactic of being unable to score failed when Zaha showed us all why Wayne Bridge is playing at this level and nodded in half way through the second half. His second was more explosive and as he rifled a shot into the top corner you could probably imagine Sir Alex Ferguson somewhere sipping a whiskey and laughing. All in all, the way tonight went Palace might have carved a giant “U mad bro?” into the centre of the pitch.

For Palace, they will be in the final as underdogs, but hell, they seem to like it. For Brighton, it could be a disaster. They may well have teams after their manager this summer and they won’t be able to keep the likes of Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson next season considering their wage demands. The rest of their squad will probably stay together but if Ulloa continues to score early next season, he’ll be poached for sure.

The playoffs are still unmatched for drama. You should all tune into all three finals, next weekend and then bank holiday Monday. Something crazy will happen for sure!