Gary Roberts looks back on the 2012 League 1 Play-Off Final against Sheffield United
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“It really is one of the best days of my life” said Gary Roberts as he looked back on Huddersfield Town’s 2012 League 1 Play-Off Final.
The Terriers faced Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium and had the chance to win promotion back to the Championship.
After a lengthy penalty shoot-out on a boiling hot day in the Capital, which ended in an 8-7 victory to the Terriers, Robbo discussed how he felt when it was his turn to take a crucial penalty in sudden death and what that memorable day means to him.
“The game was awful; we could still be playing now and I’m sure no one would score in regular time!
“I was trying to be number 8 or 9 in the pecking order! I had missed one not too long before, so I wasn’t too confident, I remember speaking to Jordan (Rhodes) who wasn’t too confident either.
“One of the older lads had said let the more experienced players take them first which I was happy about because my bottle had gone!
“Alan Lee, Tommy Miller and Damien Johnson all went first and missed so I was half thinking the game was done so I didn’t have to take a penalty but with Alex Smithies in goal for us with his penalty record, the game was never done.
“When I finally realised I was going to have to take a penalty, I had never been so nervous in my whole life, but to see my spot-kick hit the back of the net in front of our fans was an amazing feeling.
“The feeling when their ‘keeper sent it into the stands is an unbeatable feeling, seeing how much it meant to the likes of Dean Hoyle and people who love the Club was great.
“It really is one of the best days of my life, never mind my career.”