Adam Smith’s hopes of rounding off his loan spell at Bournemouth with promotion to the Championship came to an end last night.
The 20-year-old full-back has had an excellent season at Dean Court, making 42 appearances as a more-or-less ever present since heading to the South Coast in September.
He played an instrumental role in helping the Cherries to the Play-Offs, where they came up against an in-form Huddersfield Town.
Saturday’s first leg at Bournemouth ended in a 1-1 draw, meaning the tie was nicely poised for Wednesday’s return at the Galpharm Stadium.
The hosts took the lead on 26 minutes through Lee Peltier before ‘Smithy’ won his side a penalty on the stroke of half-time having been brought down by Peter Clarke.
Stuart Lovell converted to level the scores but there was still time before the break for Danny Ward to put Huddersfield back in front.
In what was a thrilling Play-Off encounter, Lovell put Lee Bradbury’s men back on level terms just after the hour mark, taking the tie into extra-time.
Bournemouth drew first blood through Danny Ings on 104 minutes but were again pegged back by Antony Kay’s equaliser moments later.
It meant penalties – and although Adam was not involved in the shoot-out, his heartbreak would have been no less tangible as Huddersfield netted all their spot-kicks to run out 4-2 winners.
Nonetheless, a memorable campaign for the youngster who will be back at Spurs for a pre-season in which he will hope to further catch the eye of Harry Redknapp.