BBC pundit reacts to Sheffield Wednesday outcome, praises three players

Sheffield Wednesday have progressed to the Championship playoff final at the expense of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Former Norwich City and Celtic striker Chris Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening that Sheffield Wednesday were lucky against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Wednesday played out a 1-1 draw with Brighton away from home in the second leg of the Championship playoff semi-final tie on Monday evening.

Lewis Dunk put the Seagulls ahead in the 19th minute at the American Express Community Stadium when he volleyed in a set-piece from Anthony Knockaert.

Ross Wallace restored parity for Wednesday just before the half-hour mark, as the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Having won the first leg of the tie 2-0 at the Hillsborough Stadium last week, the Owls have progressed to the Championship playoff final 3-1 on aggregate.

Sutton was impressed with Wednesday’s performance against Brighton on Monday evening, but he suggested that Carlos Carvalhal’s side were lucky on occasions.

The former Blackburn Rovers striker also praised Wednesday trio Glenn Loovens, Tom Lees and Keiren Westwood for their performance on Monday evening.

"I really feel for Brighton, but credit to Sheffield Wednesday for their second-half performance,” Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (21:46). "They were extremely comfortable.

"They had the strokes of luck with Brighton missing chances and a couple off the line in the first half. Over the two legs, Brighton haven't had the luck and it's Sheffield Wednesday who are celebrating.”

"Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees were terrific at centre-half for Sheffield Wednesday, Keiren Westwood was commanding in goal and they are one game away from the top flight,” added the Englishman (21:52).

Wednesday are likely to face Hull City in the Championship playoff final at the Wembley Stadium in London later this month.

Hull have a 3-0 lead heading into this evening’s second-leg semi-final tie against Derby County at the KC Stadium.

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