You need to win five (girl face, after all with a seven) goal difference to go up in the last round? It sounds fancy, but it really happened.
The 46th and last day of second leagueThe English Football League’s fourth tier (the Portuguese draw), on Saturday, fought one of the tournament’s most epic finals and culminated in the rise of Bristol Rovers, propelling Northampton Town to victory. hem From ascending to Premier League.
Northampton and Bristol started for the final round with 77 points respectively in the third round (direct promotion to Premier League(and fourth place)hem From ascending) and Northampton with the advantage of scoring 20 positive goals, compared to 15 positive goals for “Gas”.
However, this means that if points are equal, Bristol will have to scrap a five-goal difference, which seemed unimaginable given the course of events since kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
Northampton won the visit of Barrow 3-1, giving them 80 positive points from 22 goals… which forced Bristol to beat Scunthorpe by seven goals.
And what did Bristol do at the same time? They won 7-0, had the same 80 points, 22 goals were scored and conceded … But with an advantage over Northampton in the total number of goals scored, the next tie-breaking criterion (71 goals and 49 goals conceded to 60 to 38 goal) between scoring and suffering from Northampton).
A movie that has everything to be reversed
To understand how epic the rise of Bristol Rovers was, it is necessary to take a look at the film of the two meetings that had third place in question.
Bristol arrived 1-0 in the 18th minute, but the bad news came from Holker Street: Northampton were already 3-0 ahead of Barrow in the 22nd minute, precisely when Bristol increased the score to 2-0 over Scunthorpe, which had left Northampton, in that The moment, with a six-goal advantage in goal difference against the direct opponent.
Hope, almost nothing near the break, fueled a bit for Bristol with a Barrow goal, reducing them to 1-3 against Northampton. In turn, Bristol, who were playing at home and 2-0 in the first half, needed to score at least five goals in the remaining 45 minutes, did not suffer and hope Northampton’s lead does not increase.
And what astonished the world of football was when this actually happened.
ex man. The city that did an epic feat
Who had no doubts about going up was Bristol Rovers coach Joey Barton.
“I knew we were going up, and I had no doubts about it. The only thing that cannot be questioned is the character of our team and our players. As a result, the fans came out and supported the players because they knew they would give everything they could,” said the 39-year-old coach. , who last Saturday had one of the most memorable days in a sporting career, and who, as a player, spent time with Manchester City, Newcastle, you have special days if you get that kind of income. Or Marseille, a little over a decade.
The players, in a legitimate celebration, were scattered with words while on the field, but with palpable emotion.
I am speechless, can not sum it up. I can not Talk. That’s why we play football.” The words were from Bristol Rovers goalkeeper James Belshaw, on the lawn, in the midst of endless festivities, in shades of blue and white (video above).
“What can I say? That was massive. It just shows the character we have in this locker room,” said Collins, who scored twice for Rovers in the last round.
Next weekend, Northampton will go to hem He plays in the semi-finals with Mansfield Town. Swindon Town and Port Vale compete in another semi-final, with four teams for a place in promotion to the third tier that will be decided in the final on May 28.
The ones who no longer have to go through these are Rovers. The first league in 2022/23 is for sure.