What a truly incredible game the npower League 1 Play-Off Final at Wembley was. If you had written a script for the match which culminated in the two goalkeepers trading penalties to decide which team was promoted, no-one would have believed it and we might have to wait a while until we witness drama like that again.
The stats don't really do it justice. Huddersfield won the match 8-7 in the penalty shootout when Sheffield United keeper Steve Simonsen blasted his spot kick over the bar, just seconds after his opposite number Alex Smithies had scored a penalty past him, but that only tells half the story.
The atmosphere as the shootout unfolded was incredible. Like a lot of people, I thought the Terriers had blown their chance after they missed their first three spot kicks but United couldn't ram home their advantage and at the death Huddersfield and Smithies in particular held their nerve. It was just amazing to watch.
The image of Simonsen lying face down on the penalty spot as the Huddersfield players ran off to begin their celebrations was heart breaking. Goalkeepers are used to their mistakes being put under the magnifying glass but missing the penalty that means your club isn't going up really is something else and I hope Simonsen isn't too hard on himself.
Sadly there always has to be a villain in a shootout and although what happened at Wembley was definitely great viewing, it does raise the old question whether penalties are the best way to settle big games like that. Fifa president Sepp Blatter said a few days ago he wanted to look into alternatives to the shootout and it'll be interesting to see what, if anything, his task force comes up with.
The problem is, there are no obvious answers. We tried golden and silver goals in the past but the obvious flaw with the experiment was you still needed penalties if neither side scored in extra-time. People have suggested gradually reducing the number of players on the pitch until there's a goal but when you're down to six against six, for me that's as big a lottery as a shootout.
Then there's replays, which have fallen out of favour as the football fixture list has become more and more congested and hectic over the years. There's a lot to be said for replays in my opinion but how many replays are you going to sanction before actually getting a result?
Anyone who thinks it should be settled in favour of the side with the most shots on targets or corners won is just talking nonsense.
Which is all a roundabout way of me saying that penalty shootouts are still probably the least worse way if you like of deciding the winner in situations like the one we had at Wembley on Saturday.
As a manager, I experienced the joy of winning a shootout with Barnsley against Swansea in 2006 in the Millennium Stadium and I have to admit that as soon as the referee blew the whistle for the end of extra-time, I turned to my assistant Rick Holden and said 'we've won this'.
My confidence was a result of a number of factors. I knew my players had been practising at Oakwell on the Thursday before the game in Cardiff, I knew I had players who were actually keen to take a penalty and I had a goalkeeper - Nick Colgan - who had a bit of a track record in saving spot kicks.
That's no guarantee of success but I remember thinking right away we were in business and in the end we scored with all five of our penalties and Nick saved a couple from the Swansea boys.
From a player's perspective, taking a penalty is all about personal perspective. I was the penalty taker at most of my clubs during my career and my golden rule was to never, ever change my mind. I would decide where I was going to put it, place the ball on the spot and religiously stick to the plan, keeping my head down rather than looking at the keeper as I ran up to the ball.
I never based my decision on where I thought the keeper was weakest because I liked to concentrate on what I was doing rather than trying to outguess the man between the sticks. I'm not saying it was a foolproof approach but it worked for me.
I feel a bit sorry for penalty takers these days because keepers are spoilt in terms of the DVDs they can get their hands on and study the technique and routine of opposition players. In my mind, you should be scoring at least nine times out of 10 from the spot but I do think the balance has swung the keepers' way a little in recent years.
That's my npower League 1 blogs done for the season. I hope you enjoyed them and have a good summer.