After Reading had taken an advantage through Ali Al-Habsi’s save, back-to-back misses from Royals Liam Moore and Jordan Obita allowed German defender Christopher Schindler to roll in the decisive penalty.
Promotion only boosts the profile of highly-rated coach Wagner, who has been a revelation since his surprise appointment at the John Smith’s Stadium in November 2015. In 1968, they reached the semi-finals losing to Arsenal.
Later, the game went into penalties and the pressure was on both the teams as it was anybody’s game from there. Everybody will be reminded now forever what this group of players have done.
“We have to be focused on ourselves and this football club has to be focused on themselves”, Wagner said. You need to feel that experience and learn from it if you want to get there again.
“He is one of the outstanding players we had on the season and we are very happy that he was with us and maybe this is the phone call I have to do”.
“It’s always hard for young players and experienced players to lose like that but I’m sure everyone is behind Liam and Jordan”.
“It’s proved experience is important but not everything”. It was not personal with Holloway.
With promotion secured and the Huddersfield party started, 170 million pound coins dropped onto the pitch, blinding all of those unfortunate enough to have glanced upwards at the time.
“I can’t say anything. But he scored and that was great”.
The club saw a 60 per cent increase in season ticket holders for the 2016/17 campaign after Chairman Dean Hoyle cut the price.
“Of course if you play a final you give it your best shot and do everything in your power to win the game”.
“These guys have achieved such a big thing – such a small club to be in the best league in the world”.
“I’m sure we will be even stronger next year”.
A shattered Reading manager Jaap Stam said: “It is so disappointing to get so far and lose like that. You can’t create that kind of atmosphere and tension in training”.
“It’s unbelievable. We put so much effort into the whole season”, Schindler said.
“There’s no blame to nobody, everybody is working hard”.
“I still have a contract at Reading and there is nothing there that’s going to take me away”.