Nakamba’s Luton in Championship playoff final

Marvelous Nakamba’s Luton Town are one win away from returning to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1992 after overturning a first-leg deficit to beat Sunderland last night and reach the Championship play-off final.
The Zimbabwe international midfielder, who has been a revelation following his loan move from Premiership side Aston Villa, featured in the match and was lucky not to concede a penalty inside the first 12 minutes.
Sunderland had two penalty appeals turned down inside the first 12 minutes, but the referee ruled that Amad Diallo had run into Nakamba before tumbling to the ground and Amari’I Bell’s handball was unintentional.
Trailing 2-1 following Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light, the Hatters turned their aerial threat into tangible reward as centre-backs Gabriel Osho and Tom Lockyer scored before the break.

Non-league to Premier League in nine years?
Victory at Wembley would cap a remarkable change in fortunes for a club that dropped out of the English Football League in 2009 and only reclaimed their place five years later.
They took the next two steps under Nathan Jones, achieving back-to-back promotions in 2018 and 2019 before he moved on to Stoke City.
Jones returned 16 months later to help secure their Championship status and then guided them to play-offs by finishing sixth last season.
After strengthening the squad with signings such as top scorer Morris, they looked well placed to match that run, but had to make a change of manager mid-season when Jones was appointed by Southampton and Edwards was brought in as his replacement, having begun the campaign with Home Counties rivals Watford.
It did not halt their momentum and a 14-game unbeaten run secured third place in the table and a home second leg in the play-off semi-final, an advantage Edwards’ side made count.

  • With additional reporting by our Sports Writer

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