Millwall celebrate promotion to the Championship

Wembley was lit in Millwall colours as part of the #Wembley 10 year anniversary     Pic: Wembley Stadium

Millwall FC has achieved promotion to the Championship after a dramatic 1-0 win over Bradford City in the play-off final at Wembley.

Steve Morison, whose two goals against Scunthorpe helped Millwall reach the final, again showed his class, breaking the deadlock with a volley in the 85th minute.

The first half saw domination from Bradford, with Billy Clarke’s close shot forcing a fantastic save from Millwall keeper Jordan Archer, who has been highly praised this season.

The second half was closer, with Millwall coming back at the dominant Bradford, continuing to defend well and beginning to test the Bradford defence.

As the game drew to its close, extra time looked imminent with Millwall remaining second best but Lee Gregory’s headed pass towards the back post took the Bradford defence by surprise, allowing fan favourite Steve Morison the space to volley into the middle of the goal and send Millwall into the Championship.

Morison, whose 19 goals this season and contribution to the team have given the drive and desire to achieve promotion, was named Man of the Match.

The victory sees Millwall return to the Championship after their relegation in 2015. Millwall’s two seasons in League One, although disappointing to the Lion’s fans, can be seen as vital experience for manager and club legend Neil Harris, who is in his first managerial role.

With the win on Saturday, Harris’s season has seen three victories over premier league teams and has now seen him experience play-off final victories as a Millwall player and manager.

The Millwall celebrations were hampered by a number of the Lion’s fans who beat Wembley’s anti-pitch invasion barriers and ran on to the pitch, resulting in Millwall manager Neil Harris commanding the fans back into the stands.

A total of 53,000 Bradford and Millwall fans inside Wembley created a vibrant atmosphere for the players. Both sets of fans stood and clapped during the 56th minute to remember the victims of the Valley Parade Fire in 1985, which resulted in the deaths of 56 people.

Millwall season tickets for the 2016/17 Championship campaign are on sale now.

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