Aiden McGeady unlucky to lose playoff game after excellent performance

Aiden McGeady unlucky to lose playoff game after excellent performance

AIDEN MCGEADY certainly deserves to be in the Championship next season.

The Football League playoffs are now well underway, and the finals are now taking shape.

Sunderland missed out after losing to Lincoln, but one man can really hold his head up high after the two games.

Aiden McGeady had a relatively quiet first leg (by the incredible standards he set this season), but in the second leg, when it mattered most, he turned it on.

He was bombing down the wing with the trickery and flair that we have associated with his whole career, and put in two gorgeous crosses that resulted in Sunderland going 2-0 up.

Lincoln grabbed a goal in the second half, sending them through to the League One playoff final on aggregate, but we wouldn't be at all surprised if a Championship club snaps up McGeady this summer.

The only reason McGeady played in this crucial game was because he waived a part of his contract that said that if he were to start 30 games this season, he would have to stay at Sunderland for another 12 months.

This playoff game was his 30th.

Despite only starting his season in December, McGeady finished the season with the joint most assists of any player in the top four tiers of English football across all competitions this season, level with Bruno Fernandes on 18.

Meanwhile, in the Championship playoffs, Irishmen Conor Hourihane and Ryan Manning helped Swansea reach the final.

They will take on a strong Brentford team on Saturday afternoon.