Nottingham Forest are just a game away from a return to the Premier League after they won a dramatic penalty shootout against Sheffield United to reach the Championship play-off final. Forest looked to be in a commanding position after the first leg when they came away from Bramell Lane with a 2-1 win, and the constantly impressive Brennan Johnson extended that lead in the first half at the City Ground. Sheffield United were much improved from their first leg performance, though, and they were able to level the tie through Morgan Gibbs-White and John Fleck.
After Sunday's loss, Rising manager Rick Schantz responded with a shrug when asked if fans deserved better. On Tuesday, he apologized.
Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was headbutted by a fan in the midst of a pitch invasion following the play-off semi-final defeat at Nottingham Forest. A quite brilliant tie came to a dramatic conclusion as Forest keeper Brice Samba saved three penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw. After he saved the final one from Morgan Gibbs-White to send Forest to Wembley for the first time since 1992, home fans streamed onto the pitch to celebrate.