|Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield on Sunday to earn promotion to the topflight, joining Bournemouth and Fulham in the premier league next season. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
After 23 odd years of oblivion, two-time champions league winner, Nottingham Forest is back in the premier league after beating Huddersfield in the championship playoff final on Sunday.
Huddersfield beat Luton in the semifinals over two legs to book a place in the final while Nottingham Forest beat Sheffield United on penalties in the second leg of the semifinal to set up a final date with the Terriers at Wembley.
The championship playoff is the richest playoff around and beyond the joy of promotion to elite football, the financial reward transcends the ordinary and clubs jostle for the prize. This time, it was the turn of Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest.
Levi Collwil diverted a fine James Garner cross into his own net, it was a disastrous moment for the 19-year-old as the tensed first half ended with his unfortunate goal against his own side, setting up a big second half for both sides to battle out.
Huddersfield defender Harry Toffolo went down in the Forest area in the 73rd minute but referee John Moss booked him for diving with replays showing some degree of contact, which was enough to hack him down under the pace he was on.
The game ended with Forest fans celebrating after seeing their team promoted to the top flight since they went down in 1999. Forest joins Bournemouth and Fulham as the promoted sides for next season while Norwich, Watford and Burnley will replace them in the championship next term.