Sheffield Wednesday completed a sensation comeback on Thursday night in the League One play-offs.
They headed into the game at Hillsborough against Peterborough trailing 4-0 from the first leg. Not many had given them a chance of progressing into the final but two goals in the first half gave them hope.
Former Preston North End youngster Reece James scored a third before Wednesday stalwart Liam Palmer scored an equaliser in the 98th minute to take the game to extra time.
Peterborough fought back though and took the lead in extra time through a Lee Gregory own goal. Wednesday kept battling and equalised again through Callum Paterson to take the game to penalties.
The Owls scored all five of their penalties but Dan Butler missed for Peterborough. It meant former Preston manager Darren Ferguson couldn’t guide The Posh to another promotion.
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Reece James is currently on loan from Blackpool at Sheffield Wednesday. The 29-year-old spent time with the youth team at North End but was released when Graham Westley was manager despite being highly rated. He was picked up by Manchester United where his brother Matty James; also a former North Ender, had spent the start of his career.
Reece had a few loan spells away from United before permanent moves at Doncaster Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland before joining Blackpool two years ago.
The versatile player started in a back three on Thursday and has played 33 games for The Owls this season.
The victory on Thursday night will surely be one of the most memorable nights of James’ career so far and if things turn out well he could end up staying with Sheffield Wednesday and playing in the league above Blackpool next season.