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Wembley dream over as last minute own goal breaks Luton Town hearts

Blackpool celebrate their dramatic winner. Credit: PA
  • Luton Town 3-3 Blackpool (5-6 on aggregate)

Luton Town missed out on a place in the League Two play-off final in the most heartbreaking fashion after a last minute own goal sent Blackpool through to Wembley.

The Hatters, who were trailing 3-2 from the first leg, looked to be in real trouble when Nathan Delfouneso opened the scoring on the night but a Kelvin Mellor own goal and Scott Cuthbert header leveled the tie going into the break.

Controversy then followed when Luton striker Danny Hylton went down in the box under minimal contact and then converted the resulting penalty to put his team on the brink of victory.

Blackpool will now face Exeter in the final. Credit: PA

That wasn't to be the end of the drama in an exhilarating match though as Blackpool rallied to equalise on aggregate courtesy of substitute Armand Gnanduillet.

The match looked to be heading for extra-time, but the Tangerines snatched it right at the death when Jordan Cook kicked the ball against the back of goalkeeper Stuart Moore to spark wild celebrations in the away end.

It means that Luton will once again be playing League Two football again next season, while Blackpool will battle Exeter City a week on Sunday for promotion to the third tier.

Scott Cuthbert had leveled the tie just before the break. Credit: PA

Following the final whistle, Luton manager Nathan Jones admitted he was "devastated" by the manner of the defeat.

“I am devastated, a little bit shell-shocked really. For 76, 77 minutes we were in total control of the game," he told the club's official website.

"They scored from a breakaway in the first half, a bit of naivety. We have come back, we are 3-1 up, we were in the ascendancy.

“We had real good opportunities, real good counter attacks and we were building well. We played magnificently well. It’s just an error really has cost us. I really couldn’t see them coming back into the game.

“That’s what happens when you’ve got a big man on and you play it, and we didn’t handle that.

“That’s what has cost us in the end and I am bitterly disappointed. How we went about our work, I was standing there comfortable at 75 minutes – I just couldn’t see them scoring. Then everything changed.”

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