SIMON Eastwood has urged Oxford United to make the most of a golden opportunity to reach the Sky Bet Championship.

Karl Robinson’s men are 90 minutes away from claiming a place in the second tier after knocking out Portsmouth in the play-off semi-finals.

It is more than two decades since the club were at that level and after battling relegation for most of last season they have surprised many by reaching this far.

Their opponents at Wembley, Wycombe Wanderers, were seen as even bigger outsiders before the season began.

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And Eastwood knows with the size of several clubs in their league who did not make it, Monday may be their one shot at promotion.

The goalkeeper said: “For a club like Oxford to have a chance to get into the Championship is massive and maybe in these times they will never get a better chance.

“There’s a lot of big teams in our league with Sunderland, Ipswich, Portsmouth that haven’t made it.

“It’s a great achievement for little Oxford to come out on top (of those).

“I suppose Luton did it last year and an underdog will do it again this year with us or Wycombe.”

Eastwood will go into the game full of confidence after making the only save of the shoot-out.

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It came three days after the goalkeeper was frustrated to concede to Ronan Curtis from an acute angle.

He said: “Both keepers will be a little disappointed from the goals in the first leg.

“I’m very critical of myself, but we’ve got through.”

United’s five takers all found the net, but Eastwood selected one for special praise.

Ben Woodburn, who before Friday’s first leg had not featured since October due to injury, was brought out with seconds of extra time left specifically to take a spot kick.

And with his first touch of the game the Liverpool loanee found the net.

The U’s No 1 said: “I think you could pick Woody out given everything.

“He’s 20, not played for a long time.

“For him to have the pressure on his shoulders like that and put the penalty away is testament to him.”

It looked a cool penalty, but Cameron Brannagan revealed Woodburn had mis-kicked.

He said: “We had a laugh about it. It went in the net and that’s all I care about.”