James Tavernier


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Wembley beckons for James Tavernier after the Newcastle defender helped Rotherham reach the League One play-off final.

The Bradford-born right-back missed out on the chance to play at the national stadium in 2011 when he was part of the Gateshead side beaten by Darlington over two legs in the last four of the FA Trophy.

Mark Cooper's Quakers went on to lift the cup thanks to Chris Senior's 120th-minute winner.

But Tavernier was not about to let lightning strike twice and, with the tie all square following the first leg against Preston North End, the Millers ran out 3-1 winners at the New York Stadium on Thursday night (4-2 on aggregate).

The Magpies man even claimed an assist for the third as he jinked in from the right and cut the ball back for Kieran Agard.

Haris Vuckic, who came on as an 87th minute substitute, will also hope to be involved at Wembley.

Rotherham will face Leyton Orient in the final on Sunday, 25th May.

Mehdi Abeid was celebrating this week, too - despite picking up a red card on Wednesday.

He was part of the Panathinaikos side which drew 1-1 with Atromitos and that result, coupled with PAOK's defeat to Asteras Tripolis, secured Champions League football next season.

Abeid was sent off in the 93rd minute for two bookable offences.