There was joy and heartache for Leeds United, West Brom and Nottingham Forest on the final day of the 2019/20 Championship season.
The Baggies joined the Whites as the two sides to earn automatic promotion to the Premier League despite being held 2-2 at home by Queens Park Rangers as Brentford’s 2-1 home loss against Barnsley was enough to finish second.
Of course, United signed off in style as they beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 before lifting the Championship trophy at Elland Road.
However, there was to be no final day joy for Forest.
Sabri Lamouchi’s began the day in the final play-off spot but spectacularly saw a five-goal swing go against them as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Stoke City which allowed Swansea City – winners by the same scoreline at Reading – to steal sixth spot.
All of which means Forest defender Michael Dawson’s promotion warning to Leeds and West Brom before the Championship season resumed last month has backfired.
“We are looking forward to getting back where we left off,” the defender told talkSPORT (via Yorkshire Evening Post ). “Hopefully we can carry on with the run that we are on.
“We are fifth at the moment and our aim is promotion.
“Leeds and West Brom were in a good vein of form before everything happened and it’s going to be one of those now, what will happen, who knows?
“Behind closed doors, we’ve been playing the games and it’s ridiculous, the pitch seems so big, you have so much time, the speed of the game, who knows what will happen come the last nine games?
“It’s going to be an exciting time and one we are thriving on. We’ve put ourselves in a good position and we’re hunting West Brom and Leeds down.
“There’s some big games coming up against play-off rivals – Brentford and Fulham. We all have to play them.
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“It’s about who performs at this crucial time because we’ve had a long period off so form’s gone out the window.
“It’s just about hitting the ground running, like we did at the start of the season.
“In the first ten or 11 games, we lost once and then we were unbeaten in the next ten. That’s the kind of form you’re going to need if you’re going to hunt the top two teams down.”