With a mixture of confidence and apprehension, the Wanderers fans swarmed down to the Toughsheet Community Stadium to see the Trotters take on the Tykes on Tuesday for the second time in four days.

Buoyed after our magnificent win at Oakwell, there was optimism we could get the job done, but there was caution as it was only half time and Barnsley, a team renowned as full of Yorkshire grit, would not lie down and rollover. If they got an early goal, it would be game on.

Ian Evatt was able to name his strongest starting XI, with a bench full of experience. And the players came out to a tremendous reception, in front of the Sky TV cameras and the atmosphere was brilliant, helped by the noise from the clappers, which Bolton supporters found on their seats.

Roared on from the start, the Wanderers made a positive start, dominating the early proceedings. However, Barnsley grew into the game and stunned Bolton in the 36th minute when Sam Cosgrove headed the dreaded opening goal. Game on!

But Bolton roared back with a wonderful strike from Aaron Collins and a nod-in from Eoin Toal before half time. There was singing in the refreshment areas below the stands at half time, as if the job was completed.

But, in fairness to Barnsley, they didn’t give up and they took the game to us in the second half, managing to pull two more goals back and nearly getting the equaliser.

But we held our own, bringing on the experienced subs to see us through.

We had been through every emotion possible in a rollercoaster of a match but finally it was relief that greeted the final whistle, precipitating the inevitable pitch invasion.

‘Wembley, Wembley, we’re the famous Bolton Wanderers and we’re off the Wembley’.

We can all watch the other play-off semi-final tonight to see who we will play at Wembley - Oxford United or Peterborough United.

It doesn’t matter who our opponents are, both will give us a tough game. Finals are all about who does it on the day.

We have one game left to make or break our season. One final push to get the promotion we deserve.

Now we will all scramble to get our tickets and sort out how we are going to get to Wembley.

We will all have our preferred routes and routines. But, best of all, we’ll be there.