Fourth-positioned Nottingham Forest will play Sheffield United within the Sky Wager Championship play-offs after they had been held to a dramatic 1-1 draw at Hull.
With the sport going nowhere, Forest substitute Brennan Johnson transformed a stoppage-time penalty after Tom Huddlestone was adjudged to have fouled Sam Surridge.
However with Forest’s followers in occasion mode, Hull equalised simply two minutes later by way of Keane Lewis-Potter, who impressively powered house Lewie Coyle’s cross from the appropriate.
A draw was a good end result because the guests, who – having made seven adjustments from the defeat to Bournemouth earlier within the week – had been wanting enterprise towards a Hull facet with nothing to play for.
However with supervisor Steve Cooper understandably eager to guard his huge gamers from damage and suspension, this end result shouldn’t be taken at face worth.
Forest would have introduced a far larger risk to Hull had they fielded their finest beginning XI, however this was a textbook finish-of-season encounter – till the sport exploded into life throughout stoppage-time.
Hull, embarrassed by their 5-0 defeat at Bristol City final weekend, at the least tried to make a recreation of it early on.
However they had been largely held at arm’s size by a Forest crew clearly making ready – mentally and bodily – for a vital few weeks within the membership’s current historical past.
Hull had been marginally higher than their rivals within the first half, with Allahyar Sayyadmanesh a continuous menace up entrance.
Certainly, Sayyadmanesh had one of the best likelihood earlier than the interval when he cashed in upon a defensive combine-up between Brice Samba and Tobias Figueiredo after 26 minutes.
The Iran worldwide was not effectively positioned to make a clear connection in place and toe-poked the ball huge for a purpose-kick.
Man-of-the-match Sayyadmanesh was additionally out of luck after 58 minutes when he got here inside a stud’s size of connecting to Callum Elder’s harmful cross from the left.
Cooper might need hoped for a constructive response from that close to-miss, however the collective mindset of his gamers was to stay diligent quite than dynamic.
That was till their supervisor introduced on Johnson and Surridge simply after the hour mark.
Forest had been immeasurably higher thereafter – most importantly after 75 minutes when Hull goalkeeper Nathan Baxter did effectively to parry Johnson’s awkward, low cross from the appropriate.
Surridge was effectively positioned to transform the rebound, however Baxter stayed huge and powerful to deflect the hazard.
Forest’s enthusiastic supporters might need anticipated their facet to have kicked on.
However Hull had been a persistent risk on the break and maybe ought to have completed higher when Lewis-Potter couldn’t precisely management Sayyadmanesh’s robust cross simply exterior the six-yard field.
Substitute Tom Eaves also needs to have completed higher with a wayward header off Lewis-Potter’s lofted dink in direction of the again submit after 82 minutes.
Against this to the match in regular time, the sport completed with a flourish, with Brennan scoring from the spot earlier than Lewis-Potter equalised within the dying embers.
Semi-ultimate first legs
Friday Might 13, 7.45pm – Luton vs Huddersfield
Saturday Might 14, 3pm – Sheff Utd vs N Forest
Semi-ultimate second legs
Monday Might 16, 7.45pm – Huddersfield vs Luton
Tuesday Might 17, 7.45pm – N Forest vs Sheff Utd
Sunday, Might 29 2022