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League One play-off final as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)
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By Sam Lyon

1710: A cracking day for Millwall, then, but heartbreak for Swindon - and Charlie Austin in particular. If they can draw hope from anything it is that Millwall were in their shoes this time last year, and the Robins will come back fighting I'm sure. As for Millwall, I will imagine a few beers will be sunk before a look ahead to the challenges of the Championship - and why on earth not? Top work folks, see ya.

Blueboyrob on 606: "Well played Milwall, probably just deserved it although Swindon definitely had chances. Swindon lacked a little bit of class and that's probably what saw them fall short."

Chris, Sion Switzerland via text: "Yeahhhh!! Swiss Lion so proud of his team!! What a great season!!! Wish i could fly over to Zampa Road for the celebrations."

jimbohammers on 606: "Something has to be done about the pitch, that has cost Swindon a chance of promotion. Feel for Austin, on a 'normal' pitch he would of scored."

1703: Paul Robinson and the Millwall players surround the League One play-off trophy and the skipper - and match-winner - sparks wild scenes of celebration as he lifts it over his head with a scream. Manager Kenny Jackett looks on beaming - and a special cheer is reserved for Lions legend Neil Harris. Party time.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Charlie Austin has his face buried in a towel. That is Wembley heartbreak."

1701: Millwall captain Paul Robinson on 5 Live: "For me to score is a bonus but winning the game is all that is important. It means everything to me having come through the academy." And Neil Harris adds: "It's been a long season and it ranks up there as the best achievement of my career. It's been our motivation all year. There are no worse feeling than losing the cup final - and that's what this is - but we've done it today. Cracking."

1659: Millwall manager Kenny Jackett: "It's a fabulous win, it really is. We've had a good couple of seasons and it's great to finish it off today. We'll look forward now quickly though because we want to compete next season, without a doubt. I'm so proud to be the first man to lead Millwall to victory at Wembley and I can't wait to lead these boys out in the Championship. They totally deserve it."

1657: Millwall's Wembley hoodoo is ended. Five times the Lions have failed to win promotion through the play-offs, but that matters not today as they return to the Championship for the first time since 2006. Hard to argue they didn't deserve it, though Charlie Austin will be having nightmares about this Wembley pitch for a long time yet.

MILLWALL ARE PROMOTED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Millwall 1-0 Swindon

1654: ...it falls to Charlie Austin invitingly in the box, but the Swindon striker loses his footing on the Wembley turf again and Millwall keeper David Forde pushes his shot round the post.

1653: Steve Morison - who else? - holding the ball up brilliantly for Millwall. One last attack for Swindon now, though...

1652: The first minute of injury time passes and Swindon have yet to win the ball back.

1650: Millwall holding the ball up front now, and Danny Schofield earns a corner. The Lions are happy with it there and no mistake. There will be four minutes of added time, mind...

1649: Swindon pressing a bit more with just two minutes on the clock, but Danny Ward's attempted left-foot curler from wide on the right drifts wide.

1647: Muted appeals for a penalty as Swindon defender Kevin Amankwaah goes down clumsily in the Millwall box, but replays suggest he lost his footing and was not touched. Minutes to go.

1645: Now then Swindon, have you got a last hurrah in you?

1642: He's been the difference between the two sides, for me - Steve Morison continues to cause the Swindon defence headaches and this time, having got in behind, it takes a smart save from Robins keeper David Lucas to keep out his snap-shot from eight yards.

1641: David Lucas - have a sigh of relief, son. The Swindon keeper comes out in an attempt to claim a tame, hoofed free-kick from deep, misses it, and is grateful to his defenders when they clear Paul Robinson's header as a result.

Yellow card
1639: Swindon defender Jean-Francois Lescinel is the first man into the referee's book after a cynical tap of Steve Morison's heels.

1636: Millwall burst on the counter again, but Neil Harris's attempted curler into the far corner drifts wide. Swindon still trying to get their heads around poor Charlie Austin's miss minutes earlier, I reckon.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Go on scoring sensation Austin, you're through, tuck it away, equalise at Wembley. Oh, you'll have nightmares about that one."

1632: Unbelievable miss. Millwall skipper Paul Robinson, of all people, gifts Charlie Austin the ball in the Lions half and the Swindon striker is clear. He has only the keeper to beat and it looks for all the world that the Robins will draw level, but Austin sends his shot absolutely miles wide. The ball did bobble, but still - that was woeful.

1630: Shaun Batt now makes way for Millwall, with Chris Hackett brought on by near-namesake Lions boss Kenny Jackett.

1627: Swindon boss Danny Wilson makes his first change, Liverpool loanee Stephen Darby replacing left-back Alan Sheehan.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Much, much better from Swindon. They just lack a cutting edge at the moment whereas Millwall still look threatening."

1624: This is real end-to-end stuff now as Steve Morison piles forward for Millwall only to shoot tamely from inside the box.

1622: A rare lapse in the Millwall defence leaves Jean-Francois Lescinel a free header from a corner, but Lions keeper David Forde gets behind the defender's effort on the dive.

1621: For all their improved bluster following the half-time break, Swindon are struggling a touch to get in and behind Millwall's stalwart defence. The Lions have yet to concede a goal in their play-off games so far - but if anyone can break that run, surely it's the likes of Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin?

1619: Cracking response from Millwall, this, as first Danny Schofield forces a smart save from David Lucas at his near-post on the back of a fine run, and then Liam Trotter just fails to nudge Neil Harris's shot past the stranded Swindon keeper moments later from close range. It remains Millwall 1-0 Swindon.

blindedbyfear on 606: "Danny Wilson needs to bring Craig Easton on now. It's the only way that Swindon Town can win."

1616: Close! Millwall bounce up the other end and Steve Morison gets his head on another Danny Schofield corner - it's going wide, but Alan Sheehan clears it anyway. A timely reminder of the Lions' threat for Swindon perhaps?

1613: I tell you what, Millwall are a bit rattled here. Danny Ward goes on a rampaging run for Swindon, his shot deflected behind for a corner... that comes to nothing.

1611: Lovely move from Swindon involving Jonathan Douglas and Jon-Paul McGovern forces Millwall skipper Paul Robinson into a fine clearance. The Robins fans responding to this improvement from their side and no mistake now.

1609: Swindon, all of a sudden, are buzzing about their Millwall counterparts and this is a much more encouraging start to proceedings for Danny Wilson's men. Their managers' half-time rage is still ringing in their ears no doubt.

1607: Immediate chance for Swindon to pressurise the Millwall backline as keeper David Forde carries the ball out of the area, but Alan Sheehan's attempted whipped free-kick from the byeline is cleared.

1605: And we're back under way.

1604: The players bounce out of the dressing rooms and out on to the pitch at Wembley - the Lions with a spring in their step, and the Robins with their backsides slapped by the look of things.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "A thoroughly deserved lead for Millwall. Impressed with Batt and Morison. Swindon have just not got going at all. Disappointing."

cpfccpd on 606: "Far too easy for Millwall, Swindon are absolutely dreadful."

1553: I will warn Swindon fans, though, that Millwall have not finished on the losing side in the last 10 games in which Paul Robinson has scored. Ouch.

1550: No arguments about the half-time scoreline at Wembley, then, after a 45 minutes almost completely bossed by Millwall. They look good to end their Wembley hoodoo if this continues, but Swindon - lest we forget - aren't bad at second-half comebacks... just ask Charlton. Still all to play for here, though the Robins must find a way both to combat the Steve Morison-Neil Harris combo, and get their own Billy Paynter-Charlie Austin show started.

Half time
1549: HALF-TIME Millwall 1-0 Swindon

1546: A rare piece of worry for Millwall this half as left-back Tony Craig is forced from the field with a foot injury, Andy Frampton brought on as a like-for-like replacement.

1544: Well, they've caused problems all day and Lions strike pairing Steve Morison and Neil Harris continue to do so - the former feeding Harris this time, only for Swindon keeper David Lucas to again close the frontman down. Millwall looking for a second before the break.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Millwall goal: Well, you have to say it's been coming, and Millwall skipper Paul Robinson is the man to break the deadlock. Danny Schofield's corner comes off the head off Swindon defender Scott Cuthbert and it falls to Robinson, who latches on to his own ricochet to slam home from close range.

1540: GOALFLASH Millwall 1-0 Swindon (Robinson)

1536: More good interplay between Neil Harris and Steve Morison, the former feeding his Millwall strike partner for a snap-shot that has to be well blocked on the edge of the Swindon area.

Handbags
1535: Handbags! In the loosest sense of the phrase, I'll add. Shaun Batt and Jonathan Douglas get their legs tangled, swap pleasantries, and then kiss and make up. How nice.

1533: This game starting to heat up a little now and when Swindon's Alan Sheehan is allowed a free run towards the Millwall defence he responds by pinging a stinging effort just inches over the bar.

1531: Millwall think they've taken the lead when Swindon defender Kevin Amankwaah thumps a header into his own net from Shaun Batt's cross - but the Lions fans' cheers are muted by the assistant's flag. Correct decision, too, as Liam Trotter was well offside in the middle.

1530: First shot in anger from Swindon - but Charlie Austin's speculative effort from 30-odd yards out flies well over.

1526: ...oh dear, Jon-Paul McGovern's attempted ball into the area is easily cleared by the Lions defence and that's a waste.

1525: Bit of a break in play at the moment as Alan Sheehan receives treatment after a foul by Shaun Batt. Decent area for a free-kick to come, though, 40 yards out...

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Milky sunshine and Millwall firmly on top here. Steve Morison full of running, determination and a willingness to pick the ball up out wide."

1521: The first few rays of sunshine break through at Wembley, but Swindon yet to really heat up just yet.

1518: So close! Almost a cracking goal from Steve Morison as the Lions striker latches onto Danny Schofield's through-ball and lifts a delightful chip over Swindon keeper David Lucas, only to watch it drop agonisingly over the bar. By far the closest we've come to a goal, and Millwall firmly on top at the moment.

1516: Millwall almost gifted a golden chance as Robins defender Scott Cuthbert leaves his backpass short, but keeper David Lucas gets out bravely to clear under pressure from Steve Morison.

1513: Millwall's height and power up front - particularly that of Steve Morison - is really causing problems in the Swindon defence and Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin are a touch isolated up the other end so far. Very much a settling-in period going on.

1509: First half-chance of the game as Millwall striker Neil Harris beats that offside trap, charges into the box from the left, and then sees his audacious chipped effort easily pushed behind by Robins keeper David Lucas. The corner is causes the odd flutter in the Swindon defence, but it is eventually cleared.

1508: The most active men on the pitch at the moment are the assistant referees - particularly down the Swindon end, where the Robins are defending with a very high line. Steve Morison and Neil Harris both caught out by it so far.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Definitely more Millwall fans here at Wembley than Swindon supporters. Fairly even start to the contest on the pitch."

1506: Swindon make their first forays forward now, though zero goal action as yet. Looks open enough, though...

1504: Steve Morison and Shaun Batt immediately have Millwall on the offensive down the right-hand side and the Lions certainly looked to have settled the quicker of the two sides. We are less than two minutes in, mind.

1503: By the way, apparently Millwall have the same dugout and end of the ground as Blackpool did last week. Hhmm.

1502: Millwall get the game under way.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Will it be all white on the night for Swindon? Or will they be left feeling blue? Millwall's long humming noise drifts down from the stands."

1457: That selection (see 1445) by the way, means Millwall make only one change to the side that beat Huddersfield in the play-off semi final with midfielder Shaun Batt replacing defender Jack Smith. Swindon boss Danny Wilson, meanwhile, makes two changes to the side that started the play-off second leg against Charlton with Kevin Amankwaah and Alan Sheehan replacing Stephen Darby and Gordon Greer.

1455: The teams stride out, Millwall in their home blue and Swindon their away white. Norwich and Leeds fans watch on to see which of these two will join them in the Championship next season, Huddersfield and Charlton supporters watch on to see which of their conquerors will go all the way to promotion. A late-doors prediction from me, you ask? I'm going goal-crazy with a Millwall 4-3 Swindon guess. I know. Keep your money in your wallets, I say.

redevilmatth on 606: "I think it will be a tight game, Millwall to edge through 1-0 winners."

1450: Atmosphere building nicely at Wembley in what looks like it will be a bumper crowd. A reminder, then, that Millwall finished third this season - a finish that has seen five teams since 1991 go up through the play-offs - three points ahead of fifth-placed Swindon, a position that has led only twice to play-off success in the same period.

1445: Millwall v Swindon teams
Millwall:
Forde, Barron, Robinson, Ward, Craig, Schofield, Trotter, Abdou, Batt, Morison, Harris. Subs: Sullivan, Frampton, Alexander, Hackett, Fuseini, Laird, Obika.
Swindon: Lucas, Amankwaah, Cuthbert, Jean-Francois, Sheehan, McGovern, Douglas, Ferry, Ward, Austin, Paynter. Subs: Smith, Pericard, Easton, Timlin, Morrison, O'Brien, Darby.
Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear)

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "How much water can a laptop absorb before it breaks?"

Mike_Trusler via Twitter: "Northampton let Morrison go at the age of 20 as he 'wasn't good enough for League football.' How wrong can a manager be?"

1437: Two men who might make the difference today - Lions striker Steve Morison and Swindon frontman Charlie Austin. Two men who have graduated from non-league football and two fellas who will be licking their lips at being at the sharp end of such a massive match at Wembley. Morison has bagged 23 times this term, while Austin and strike partner Billy Paynter have scored 49 goals this season. Expect one or both to impress today.

Nick in Taunton via text: "Winning goalscorer Charlie Austin to gatecrash Fabio's 23 in place of Darren Bent...?"

1430: Millwall striker Neil Harris: "It (Millwall's play-off record) is not a nice record for the club to have. Surely the law of averages says your luck has to change sooner or later, but it's up to us to make it happen."

1427: Swindon boss Danny Wilson: "We've had two very tough games against each other this season and there was a cigarette paper between us on both occasions. I don't envisage it being any other way on Saturday. They are going to be very difficult to beat because they don't concede many goals. On the day there might be a little bit of individual brilliance which will change the game."

acmilandrew via Twitter: "If Fabio's settled on 4-5-1 formation with Rooney up top and Gerrard playing just behind him, I see Heskey being dropped."

1421: So, summer was nice while it lasted huh? While Blackpool and Cardiff fans were concerned about sunburn last week, Millwall and Swindon supporters are more worried about hypothermia it would appear. Spare a thought, then, for die-hard Robin Derek Elston, a man preparing for his 1,545th consecutive game watching Swindon. Dedication beyond the call of duty that. Nice work fella.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Still cold. The respective Millwall and Swindon emcee's are pumping up their fans while the players go through their (much needed) warm-ups."

1417: That England selection, by the way, means the following will still not have featured since Fabio Capello's 30-man squad was announced once the match kicks off - Chelsea's Joe Cole, Tottenham's Michael Dawson, West Ham's Matthew Upson and Scott Parker, Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock and Emile Heskey. That makes seven. The seven to lose out possibly?

sjigga via Twitter: "I don't see how Huddlestone adds to England? Slow, can't defend and does exact same passing job as Carrick. Parker is more dynamic."

EmilyCollins via Twitter: "Have to support Millwall today as I'm an Oxford fan. Would be a good start to the long weekend..."

1412: "What role can we play on this momentous day of footballing drama?!" I hear you cry. Tweet me, get on 606 or get the texts in via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Jubbly.

1409: And while we wait for the teams to drop and the play-off chat to kick off big time, why not lend me your thoughts on England's team against Japan tomorrow, their final match before the World Cup? Starts for Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent, Aaron Lennon on the left, no room for Parker, Heskey, Wright-Phillips etc. Fabio Capello's final 23 starting to take shape it would seem...?

1406: So, who are going to follow in Blackpool's footsteps from last week and light up Wembley today? For those of you who love an omen - Millwall have failed to earn promotion through the play-offs on five previous occasions, while Swindon are looking to make it a hat-trick of play-off successes. Then again, Millwall are unbeaten in their last four matches against Swindon and have lost only twice against them in 15 years. Ooh, the agony of choice huh? Where's ya money?

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley on Twitter: "Wet and chilly at Wembley. All feels a little bit subdued in and around the ground. I'm sure that will all change, for one side at least."

1400: A fortnight from today, England open their World Cup 2010 campaign against the USA in Rustenburg. I wonder how many Millwall and Swindon fans would swap a win in that match for a victory today? My bet - between one and none. For them, it's all about the League One play-off final at Wembley and possible promotion to the Championship. Hold onto your hats, folks, this could be tasty.




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