Jordan Rhodes seals Huddersfield’s place in the Championship play-off final to end Luton’s dream

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has lashed out at Huddersfield Town fans after claiming he was abused by fans celebrating their side’s semi-final play-off defeat.

Thousands of jubilant fans flooded the pitch at the final whistle of the second leg following Jordan Rhodes’ dramatic late goal, with some confronting Jones and his players.

“His fans were an absolute disgrace,” Jones said. “They approached me, they abused me. Some were good and congratulated us, but others haven’t painted Huddersfield Town well after that.

“We are not going to complain because football fans are like that but some of them were idiots. You have won, go and celebrate with your players. Instead, they were more concerned with making obscene gestures at us.

“Some of them were abusing and making fun of our supporters. I have seen little children, I have seen a mother with a little child, if she was my wife, I would be upset. I saw a woman and some of the things she did were incredible.

“I have nothing but pride for my players, but they are all on the pitch. In all the field we were better, but they provided a moment of quality”.

Unsavory celebrations took the shine off Huddersfield’s first play-off win at home inside 90 minutes at the tenth try, as they booked a fourth play-off final at Wembley, where they will play Nottingham Forest or Sheffield United on May 29 for a place in the Premier. League.

They got a result despite being far from their best, recovering from a poor first-half performance when they could have been at least three goals down as Harry Cornick squandered a trio of presentable chances and goalkeeper Lee Nicholls saved well from Robert Snodgrass and James Bree.

The addition of striker Sorba Thomas, who had been out for nearly a month with injury before the first leg, gave them a much-needed boost. They thought they had broken the tie when Tom Lees headed in a Thomas free kick, only for him to be ruled out for pushing.

With extra time looming, Thomas hit another revealing free kick where Rhodes, a first-half replacement for the injured Danny Ward, deflected the ball to the far post with an outstretched leg with eight minutes remaining.

“We had to work really hard to beat a very tough Luton side,” Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan said. Only Blackpool have more promotions to the play-offs than Huddersfield’s four and the Spaniard added: “We will prepare in the best way to make sure we are ready for Wembley. One game left to finish the job.”

match details

Huddersfield (3-4-3): L. Nicholls; Lees, Hogg, Colwill; Pipe, O’Brien, Russell, Toffolo; Holmes (Sarr 85), Ward (Rhodes 41), Sinani (Thomas 61).
unused subs: Blackman, Anjorin, Ruffels, Eiting.

London (3-5-2): Ingram; Burke (Mendes Gomes 86), Bradley, Naismith; Bree, Campbell, Snodgrass, Clark, Bell; Hylton (Jerome 66), Cornick (Adebayo 90).
unused subs: Isted, Potts, Lockyer, Kioso.
Reserved: Clark, Naismith.

Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)

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