The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Huddersfield 3-3 Bournemouth (4-4 Agg)

In League One, the sense that this was to be the year of the south coast started to grow as winter turn to spring. Brighton & Hove Albion soared away at the top of the table, and as the home straight of the season came into view, the pre-season favourites Southampton also began to pull away into the distance, themselves securing an automatic promotion place with a couple of games of the season still to spare. All attention, then, turns to the end of season play-offs, and this evening brings the first of the second legs of the semi-finals between Huddersfield Town and AFC Bournemouth. For much of the autumn and winter, Huddersfield Town looked as likely as not to bag that second automatic promtion place. They begin this evening at Galpharm as the favourites ahead of Bournemouth, following a 1-1 draw at Dean Court at the weekend. Huddersfield finished the season in third place in the table, five points behind Southampton but seventeen ahead of Bournemouth, who sneaked home on the last day of the season, just ahead of Leyton Orient and Exeter City. Huddersfield supporters may well think that the sixteen point buffer should give them the definitive advantage over Bournemouth this evening, but season play-off watchers will be more than aware that end of season league positions can count for little over one hundred and eighty...

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