Wednesday And Tykes For St James' Park

Last updated : 31 May 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

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The classiest of finishes from Mohamed Diame was rightly enough to earn promotion at the end of a season which for several reasons had threatened to unravel.

Consistent speculation surrounded the future of manager Steve Bruce, a poor run of form in the second half of the season and concerns surrounding their seriously-ill owner Assem Allam had all threatened their ambitions.

Diame's goal ensured it was Wednesday's hearts which were broken, however, cruelly ending the unlikeliest of challenges for promotion after a 17-year absence from the top flight and ensuring Hull, with the expected income that comes with reaching the Premier League, can consider themselves #170million richer.

Ashley Fletcher helped fire Barnsley to play-off glory and proved Marcus Rashford is not the only Manchester United prospect with a big future.

The 20-year-old, on loan with the Tykes from Old Trafford, hoped to catch new United boss Jose Mourinho's eye with his display in the Sky Bet League One final against Millwall.

And just two days after Rashford marked his England debut with a third-minute goal, his United youth-team room-mate took just 90 seconds to take Wembley by storm.

Adam Hammill added a spectacular second and although boyhood Barnsley fan Mark Beevers pulled one back for Millwall, Lloyd Isgrove ensured a return to the Championship for the Tykes.

A 3-1 victory completed a remarkable turnaround for the Yorkshire club, who were bottom at Christmas and looking as though they might be exiting the third tier in the opposite direction.

Millwall fans reacted to defeat with their usual charm, with a few charging around the top tier towards the Barnsley section, while others appeared to lob coins at Tykes players.