League One play-off final confirmed after Oxford United win

Ian Evatt’s Trotters finished third in the normal season and beat Barnsley 5-4 on aggregate to book their place in the showpiece occasion at the national stadium next weekend.

They will do battle with Reading’s local rivals, Oxford United, under the arch after the U’s’ 2-1 aggregate victory over Peterborough United.

Darren Ferguson’s Posh have now lost in the play-off semi-final in successive seasons, having thrown away a four-goal lead last season to Sheffield Wednesday at the same stage.

Des Buckingham’s Oxford have not played in the second tier in the 21st century, battling back from non-league to reach the play-off final for the second time in five years.

Bolton, who fell at the semi-final hurdle last season, have not been in the Championship since 2019 and have had time in the fourth tier more recently.

Both sides have been given more than 36,000 tickets for the final, which kicks off at 4.15pm on May 18.

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