Brentford will play within the prime flight subsequent season for the primary time in 74 years after beating Swansea 2-0 within the Championship play-off last.
9 occasions Brentford had been concerned within the play-offs of their historical past and didn’t progress, but it surely was Tenth-time fortunate for the Bees, as additionally they banished the demons of final yr’s last defeat to Fulham.
Ivan Toney’s penalty and Emiliano Marcondes set them on their method with first-half objectives at Wembley, to take the west London membership again to the promised land for the primary time since 1947.
For Swansea, it is a second defeat within the play-offs in a row, having additionally been crushed by Brentford in final yr’s semi-finals. Insult was added to damage for them within the second half as Jay Fulton was despatched off, too, as they ended the sport with 10 males. They’ll roll on right into a fourth marketing campaign within the Championship subsequent season.
Brentford blow Swansea away at Wembley
It was a ferocious opening from Brentford, taking part in with the form of depth hardly ever seen within the opening minutes of what’s often essentially the most nerve-racking recreation within the soccer calendar. And nerves clearly acquired the higher of Freddie Woodman as he rushed off his line to convey down Bryan Mbeumo – permitting Toney to open the scoring along with his standard composure from the penalty spot after simply 10 minutes.
After 20 minutes, they doubled their lead. This one got here from a lightning counter-attack following a Swansea nook as Mbeumo raced half the size of the pitch earlier than discovering Mads Roerslev, and he pulled the ball again for Marcondes to fireside in.
Swansea have been shell-shocked, and a minute after the second it might have been recreation over had Toney’s thunderous effort from 20 yards struck the crossbar and gone in, quite than bounce simply in entrance of the road and clear.
They did go near getting a purpose again inside two minutes of the restart, nevertheless, as an excellent cross from Connor Roberts discovered Andre Ayew, who darted between the centre-backs however in some way managed to move vast.
Any hopes of a comeback have been quelled within the sixty fifth minute when Fulton was dismissed after a poor problem on Mathias Jensen, to depart the Swans dejected and the Bees in dreamland.
What the managers stated…
Brentford’s Thomas Frank: “I am utterly empty proper now. I do not know if I can describe it. It has been such a protracted journey. There’s been ups and downs…
“This group of gamers is unimaginable. Everybody has performed a significant half on this. Anyone stated to me that we want two palms and 10 fingers to carry the trophy and we’ve finished it on our Tenth try. The sensation was calm and relaxed and able to be ruthless. We did not discuss final yr. We targeted on this.
“Proper now, I wish to get drunk after which fear concerning the Premier League tomorrow!”
Swansea’s Steve Cooper: “It is a cup last, you wish to win. One workforce wins, one workforce would not and, sadly, we have been the latter. I feel we gave ourselves an excessive amount of to do; we did not begin the sport properly, however if you do this, you’ll be able to’t give away objectives like we did. It ended up turning into the defining second for the outcome.
“We did not surrender and you might see the response from going 2-0 down was a optimistic one. I do know we did not get too many threats on purpose, however we seemed to push. We began the second half very well and if Andre had acquired on the top of that [chance] who is aware of? After which the crimson card. I am undecided whether or not it’s a crimson card or not, however there is not any method he has tried it and it has been an excellent greater mountain to climb.”
Evaluation: ‘Brentford’s togetherness clear to see’
Sky Sports activities’ Don Goodman:
“I feel they’ve [got that added X-factor] and if you happen to have a look at that recreation and take Ivan Toney out of that Brentford workforce and put him within the Swansea workforce it might properly have been a extra even recreation. Likewise, Ethan Pinnock, who was magnificent for Brentford.
“However, with respect to Swansea, Brentford had extra collective star high quality than Swansea did. I stated earlier than kick-off that for Swansea to be right here was a exceptional effort on their half, however Brentford are a type of groups that you could’t assist however admire and you may’t assist however love the way in which they play.
“They get on the entrance foot, they wish to assault, they’re the highest scorers within the final two seasons and I believed they have been unfortunate to not go up final season, if I’m being trustworthy, however to then recover from that heartbreak in opposition to Fulham, it takes huge character. That togetherness that Ivan Toney was speaking about is obvious for everybody to see.”
Evaluation: ‘Cooper wants extra assist from Swansea’
Sky Sports activities’ Don Goodman:
“Swansea have gotten an exquisite coach there and I do not assume it’s going to be lengthy earlier than he leads to the Premier League anyway. Swansea will hope will probably be with them however to ensure that that to occur I simply assume he’ll want a little bit extra monetary assist and a little bit bit extra backing. He hasn’t actually had any funds to work with.
“All in all, we talked on the prime about this being a large overachievement. I do not assume anybody from Swansea must be ashamed however they need to be pleased with what they’ve finished during the last two seasons with the supervisor nearly having to do the job with one arm tied behind his again due to the monetary constraints Swansea discover themselves in.
“So, my hope for Swansea is that they will assist Steve Cooper a little bit bit extra within the switch market, figuring out they have a prime coach who is aware of what it takes to get at the least this far, and he is most likely discovered what it takes to go that subsequent yard.”
Man of the Match: Emiliano Marcondes
He is not all the time been an everyday for Brentford, however Emiliano Marcondes has had a knack for turning up in large moments, and he did simply that at Wembley.
His end for the second purpose was firstclass, and crucial second within the recreation. From the second it hit the again of the web there was no method again for Swansea.
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- Brentford picked up their first ever play-off last victory, having misplaced every of their earlier 4 makes an attempt coming into at this time (1997, 2002, 2013 and 2020). They’ll develop into the fiftieth completely different workforce to play within the Premier League, and the Tenth aspect from London to take action.
- Swansea have didn’t win promotion in three of their final 4 play-off finals, with the Welsh aspect arising brief in three completely different divisions on this run – 1997 (4th tier), 2006 (third tier) and 2021 (2nd tier).
- Subsequent season will see Brentford play top-flight soccer for the primary time for the reason that 1946-47 marketing campaign; their 73 seasons since is essentially the most completely different seasons performed in between English top-flight campaigns.
- Brentford scored as many objectives within the opening 20 minutes at Wembley at this time as that they had of their earlier 4 play-off finals mixed (1997, 2002, 2013 and 2020), whereas it was the primary time a workforce had scored twice inside 20 minutes of a Championship play-off last since Norwich in 2015 (vs Middlesbrough).
Brentford will play within the Premier League for the 2021/22 season, which begins on Saturday, August 14, whereas Swansea stay within the Championship, which begins every week earlier on Saturday, August 7.