Sheffield Wednesday beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 on aggregate to qualify for the play off final.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has admitted to the Sheffield Star that he told Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton that they did not deserve to be knocked out of the promotion hunt.
Wednesday secured a 1-1 draw against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium earlier in the week to book their place in the play off final, but Carvalhal recognised the Seagulls’ spirit.
Brighton had Wednesday on the back foot for much of the contest, but they were unable to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.
And Carvalhal said: “I said to the coach of Brighton that you don’t deserve all of this because they had a fantastic season.
“They fought until the last minute to get promotion. They deserve promotion.
“But that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve it. We have grown up together like a team.
“It is something that we achieved together, as players and fans, and I am very happy and proud.”
Brighton peppered Wednesday’s goal in the first half of the contest on Monday evening, and they looked as if they were about to get back into the tie when Lewis Dunk prodded home.
However, Ross Wallace scored an equaliser for Wednesday and from that point on Carvalhal’s side looked relatively comfortable.
Wednesday finished the regular season 15 points behind Brighton, but their place in the final was merited in the end, as they were the better side over the two legs of the play off tie.
Wednesday will now take on Hull City at Wembley with a place in the Premier League at stake.