Loan Round-Up

Monday 13 May 2013 09:30

Matthew Briggs will go to Wembley with Watford to take part in the npower Championship Play-Off Final after an incredible 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Briggs played from the start as the Hornets looked to overcome a 1-0 First Leg deficit, but they were up against it early on as David Nugent levelled Matej Vydra’s brilliant 15th-minute volley to give the away side an aggregate lead.

Watford nearly went back in front when Briggs put in a delicious cross that was almost turned in, before Vydra put the Hornets 2-1 up shortly after half-time after a nice one-two with Troy Deeney.

However, the drama was saved until the last minute as Leicester were awarded a soft penalty for a foul on Anthony Knockaert by Marco Cassetti. Knockaert picked himself up to take the kick and send the Foxes to Wembley, but goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved the spot-kick, first with his legs, then with a wonderful block from the follow-up.

Within 20 seconds the ball was in the net at the other end to send the Hornets through, as they counter-attacked and Deeney hammered home a stunning winner after a knockdown from Jonathan Hogg.

Elsewhere, Pajtim Kasami played the full 90 minutes as FC Lucerne beat Young Boys 3-1 in the Swiss Super League.

Xavier Hochstrasser opened the scoring, but they were then pegged back to 1-1 before half-time. Lucerne came away with the win though, as two goals in five minutes from Daniel Gygax and Stephan Andrist sealed the victory.

Josh Pritchard came on as an 81st-minute substitute as Tromso hammered Sarpsborg 5-0 in the Norwegian Tippeligaen on Sunday.

Tromso moved up to fourth place in the league after an opener from Magnus Andersen, a brace from Remi Johansen and two more from Zdenek Ondrasek and Steffen Nystrom.