Leeds United fans are in seventh heaven tonight as the mighty Whites climbed to one place below the play off places. With Blackburn and Blackpool both losing, the epic victory over Barnsley, courtesy of a highly controversial penalty, was almost enough to see Leeds into the consolation places of the playoffs - almost but not quite.
Agonisingly for Leeds, newly promoted Yorkshire neighbours Huddersfield occupy sixth spot after a superb victory at St Andrews. The club that has lived in the shadow of Leeds for so many years, and who lost top scorer Jordan Rhodes in the last window to Blackburn, have somehow contrived to accumulate the same number of points as their famous neighbours and have a better goal difference.
Meanwhile, the top three slots are now occupied by Cardiff, Leicester and Wolves, all of whom picked up more impressive victories than Leeds today. It is rotten luck on Leeds that even when they fluke a victory, they still find themselves below the crucial play off line.
Still, Brighton won't finish in the top six and nor will Huddersfield. But Birmingham haven't got into their stride yet and will come with a charge, and Blackburn will also climb again once a manager is appointed. Blackpool will finish in the top six and Forest got a good victory today.
But never mind all that! Leeds beat the mighty Barnsley today by a penalty goal to nil. That's the same Barnsley that West Ham beat 4-0 on the sixth of April en route to a third place finish. The bars are buzzing in Leeds tonight, for these are heady days indeed. Seventh in the Championship! Let's celebrate!