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    (Original post by Rock Fan)
    Yeah you should overcome them in the second leg, they've had their chance. Think it will be you and Huddersfield in the final.
    Hope so! IF it is, hopefully Rhodes will have an off day! He didn't score against us in either league game. :eek:
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    I'm cheering on Stevenage tonight - not because of any dislike of Sheffield United, but because I love Luke Freeman.

    I was surprised we let him go permanently so early because he's an absolute livewire.
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    (Original post by marcusmerehay)
    I'm cheering on Stevenage tonight - not because of any dislike of Sheffield United, but because I love Luke Freeman.

    I was surprised we let him go permanently so early because he's an absolute livewire.
    Didn't work.

    Wembley it is!
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    (Original post by ipswichblade)
    Didn't work.

    Wembley it is!
    On balance I think United probably deserved it - no question that both teams were giving absolutely everything.

    You did well to keep Freeman quiet after his first foray forward, although the Stevenage midfield were giving him very little support as Agyemang was often his only outlet.

    If Hill had scored his effort I think the roof would have been ripped off - absolute scorcher. :coma:
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    (Original post by marcusmerehay)
    On balance I think United probably deserved it - no question that both teams were giving absolutely everything.

    You did well to keep Freeman quiet after his first foray forward, although the Stevenage midfield were giving him very little support as Agyemang was often his only outlet.

    If Hill had scored his effort I think the roof would have been ripped off - absolute scorcher. :coma:
    Yes, that was just after I sent a text to numerous people saying I thought Hill was useless lol!
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    Heh. I'm proud, it's been a great season for us anyway, and I think that was the most visible difference. In a way, the Blades needed it much more than we did.

    We weren't that impressive in either playoff game, but United were playing for the draw in the first leg which is impossible to overcome for a team like us, who are fairly weak going forward in comparison to everywhere else, and then of course they had the home advantage.

    Time to rebuild for next year; a few players will be moving on now but I don't see why we can't stay up again, even if we have to be content with mid-table mediocrity. I think if we do well for another year in League One we should be able to remain there long-term.
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    (Original post by Introvert2020)
    Heh. I'm proud, it's been a great season for us anyway, and I think that was the most visible difference. In a way, the Blades needed it much more than we did.

    We weren't that impressive in either playoff game, but United were playing for the draw in the first leg which is impossible to overcome for a team like us, who are fairly weak going forward in comparison to everywhere else, and then of course they had the home advantage.

    Time to rebuild for next year; a few players will be moving on now but I don't see why we can't stay up again, even if we have to be content with mid-table mediocrity. I think if we do well for another year in League One we should be able to remain there long-term.
    You've had a great season. Thought you defended well in both games but there again so did we when needed.

    Good luck next season!
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    (Original post by ipswichblade)
    Didn't work.

    Wembley it is!
    Enjoy your trip to Wembley- and if you win, think of the local derbies in the Championship next season. And say hello to Paul Heaton if you see him.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Enjoy your trip to Wembley- and if you win, think of the local derbies in the Championship next season. And say hello to Paul Heaton if you see him.
    Will do. Will be my 3rd play off final in 9 years, just hope we can finally break the curse and win.
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    MK Dons playing our 2nd leg away at Huddersfield tonight 2-0 down. Didn't even look like scoring at home so not confident. But still: Come On You Dons!
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    So close in the end as well. :sigh: On balance Huddersfield probably deserved to go through, they were more solid at the back and more clinical with their chances. MK Dons for League One Champions 2012-13!
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    So close in the end as well. :sigh: On balance Huddersfield probably deserved to go through, they were more solid at the back and more clinical with their chances. MK Dons for League One Champions 2012-13!
    Thought you were the better team overall last night. Shame the second goal didn't come sooner to make for an interesting end!
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    (Original post by ipswichblade)
    Thought you were the better team overall last night. Shame the second goal didn't come sooner to make for an interesting end!
    Yeah, but unfortunately they were a lot better than us in the 1st leg. Should be an interesting final!
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    Yeah, but unfortunately they were a lot better than us in the 1st leg. Should be an interesting final!
    Yes. Maguire v Rhodes should be interesting.
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    (Original post by ipswichblade)
    You've had a great season. Thought you defended well in both games but there again so did we when needed.

    Good luck next season!
    Cheers, much appreciated.

    Both legs were poor but you definitely deserved it as your superiority did just shine through in the end and apart from the odd spells, you always looked more likely.

    Either way, as you rightly say, it's been a great season for us, to even get into the playoffs at all when everyone had us down for relegation (and even the most optimistic of Boro fans had us as just about surviving). The real challenge though is this summer - which could well be a long one what with all the interest around our players, not least from Westley's Preston.

    Scott Laird, who is out of contract, recently said in an interview that "you are a well-run club", the second-person suggests that he doesn't see himself as part of the club anymore, so I think he's leaving. Captain Mark Roberts has promised that "we'll fight again next season" so we're hoping that means he's staying on!

    As long as we retain our star defenders - Roberts, Jon Ashton and goalkeeper Chris Day - I think we'll be alright for mid-table. If we do well next season I think we can start expecting to stay in League One for the long-term - consolidation will be key.

    Good luck to you at Wembley!
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    (Original post by Introvert2020)
    Cheers, much appreciated.

    Both legs were poor but you definitely deserved it as your superiority did just shine through in the end and apart from the odd spells, you always looked more likely.

    Either way, as you rightly say, it's been a great season for us, to even get into the playoffs at all when everyone had us down for relegation (and even the most optimistic of Boro fans had us as just about surviving). The real challenge though is this summer - which could well be a long one what with all the interest around our players, not least from Westley's Preston.

    Scott Laird, who is out of contract, recently said in an interview that "you are a well-run club", the second-person suggests that he doesn't see himself as part of the club anymore, so I think he's leaving. Captain Mark Roberts has promised that "we'll fight again next season" so we're hoping that means he's staying on!

    As long as we retain our star defenders - Roberts, Jon Ashton and goalkeeper Chris Day - I think we'll be alright for mid-table. If we do well next season I think we can start expecting to stay in League One for the long-term - consolidation will be key.

    Good luck to you at Wembley!
    Yes, you must keep those players!

    Thanks, we are gonna need it!
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    Stevenage release eight players while a further two (Scott Laird and John Mousinho) have declined new contracts and will also be moving on.

    Chris Beardsley and Joel Byrom are still in negotiations but could well be moving on also. This puts us down to about 13 first-team players!
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    (Original post by Introvert2020)
    Stevenage release eight players while a further two (Scott Laird and John Mousinho) have declined new contracts and will also be moving on.

    Chris Beardsley and Joel Byrom are still in negotiations but could well be moving on also. This puts us down to about 13 first-team players!
    You're doing better than Wycombe! I'd be surprised if we had 15 at the moment.
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    (Original post by samtheegg)
    You're doing better than Wycombe! I'd be surprised if we had 15 at the moment.
    Nothing annoys me more than players getting a club relegated then moving on because they feel they are too good to play at a lower level, even though it is party their fault in the first place!

    Talking of Wycombe, what made Mousinho leave you two seasons ago for Stevenage? I must admit I'm very shocked and disappointed he's left. When he joined us, Wycombe were among the favourites for promotion ahead of the 2010/11 season, whereas Boro were predicted little more than midtable so in that sense it was a step back for him (it just so happened, of course, that we both went up).

    We're certainly in no position to have offered more cash than he earned with you - was he released by Wycombe? Was he very much out of the side? Seeing as he still looked a top player in League One I had always assumed that maybe he was just one of those guys that put football ahead of cash, but maybe not...
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    (Original post by Introvert2020)
    Nothing annoys me more than players getting a club relegated then moving on because they feel they are too good to play at a lower level, even though it is party their fault in the first place!

    Talking of Wycombe, what made Mousinho leave you two seasons ago for Stevenage? I must admit I'm very shocked and disappointed he's left. When he joined us, Wycombe were among the favourites for promotion ahead of the 2010/11 season, whereas Boro were predicted little more than midtable so in that sense it was a step back for him (it just so happened, of course, that we both went up).

    We're certainly in no position to have offered more cash than he earned with you - was he released by Wycombe? Was he very much out of the side? Seeing as he still looked a top player in League One I had always assumed that maybe he was just one of those guys that put football ahead of cash, but maybe not...
    As you put it above. Spurred to move on by money.
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