Nottingham Forest are set to play in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years as they edged Sheffield United on penalties in their Championship play-off semi-final.
But they were made to sweat at the City Ground as the visitors brilliantly managed to come from behind and draw until extra time and the dreaded shoot-out.
The tie seemed to have been put to bed when Brennan Johnson opened the scoring in the 19th minute to put Forest 3-1 up, while the away side lost their cool.
A mass brawl was sparked after Paul Heckingbottom pushed the ball into the lower part of Forest defender Djed Spence’s stomach – Heckingbottom was shown a yellow card for the offence.
But Heckingbottom’s men were a different team after the break and equalized on the night thanks to Morgan Gibbs-White’s elegant finish.
And they took the draw in extra time thanks to John Fleck’s strike from close range.
Forest keeper Brice Samba made a crucial save to prevent the visitors from completing extra time.
It was Samba who proved to be the hero as he saved kicks from Oliver Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Gibbs-White to seal a 3-2 victory in the shootout.
Forest, who were last in the Championship when Steve Cooper took over in September, will face Huddersfield in the play-off final at Wembley on May 29.