Grayson joy at final place

Rhodes dreaming of Wembley; Clarke wants to erase 2010/11 pain

Simon Grayson: Huddersfield face an all-Yorkshire play-off final against Sheffield United

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Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson was delighted his team overcame the tough challenge of MK Dons to reach the League One play-off final.

Grayson's side on Tuesday night lost their semi-final second leg at their own Galpharm Stadium as Jordan Rhodes' 40th goal of the season was cancelled out by Daniel Powell and Alan Smith.

But Huddersfield still progressed 3-2 on aggregate and will now meet Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United in the final at Wembley for a place in the Championship.

"We had a real, tough game tonight, which we expected," Grayson, who only succeeded Lee Clark in February, told Sky Sports. "It was great for the supporters, we had a cracking atmosphere.

"To come through two games against a very tough MK Dons side is very pleasing"

Jordan Rhodes

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"Full credit to MK Dons, because they played like they can play. They are a good footballing team.

"We had to be at it. We did not play as well as we can do, but it is all about getting the result and I am delighted for everybody."


For the majority of the season, Huddersfield had been contenders for automatic promotion alongside League One champions Charlton.

But they finished the normal campaign in fourth place, one point above MK Dons, and so star man Rhodes was pleased the club achieved their secondary goal.

The striker said: "It is what we have been dreaming of for the last two or three months when we knew it was inevitable we were going to be in the play-offs.

Huddersfield Wembley bound

"So to come through two games against a very tough MK Dons side is very pleasing."

Huddersfield will travel to Wembley with the intention of erasing the pain of last season, when they were beaten 3-0 in the play-off final by Peterborough at Old Trafford.

And captain Peter Clarke said: "After the disappointment of last year, it is something we want to put right.

"We are not there (the Championship) yet by any means. But we have given ourselves half a chance. We are going to do everything in our power to make it happen."