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Play-Off Final Preview: Brentford vs Swansea City

All the info ahead of tomorrow's Wembley showpiece

28 May 2021

Tomorrow sees us and Swansea City face off at Wembley Stadium with the prize of a place in the top flight of English football on the line. Catch all the build-up and pre-match information ahead of the big game below.



Like Brentford, this is Swansea City's second tilt at the Play-Offs in as many seasons. And like Brentford, Steve Cooper's side have put last season's disappointment well and truly behind them to stand 90 minutes away from a return to the top table after a three-year absence. 

The Swans were there and thereabouts all campaign, eventually finishing fourth in the table. A 1-0 victory at Oakwell courtesy of Andre Ayew's fine strike gave them the advantage over Barnsley at the mid-way point of their Play-Off Semi Final. 

Last Saturday, Matt Grimes' appeared to put the tie to bed with a piece of individual brilliance just before the break at The Liberty Stadium but Cauley Woodrow's effort with 20 minutes to play set up a nervy finish. However, as they have done many times this campaign, Cooper's men stood firm defensively and booked their spot at Wembley. 

Only Watford (30) have conceded fewer goals than Swansea City this campaign with Golden Glove Freddie Woodman as well as Marc Guehi, Ben Cabango, and Kyle Naughton excelling at the back for much of the campaign. Going forward it has again been Ayew (above) who has been their main spark with 17 goals and four assists in 45 Championship outings, ably supported by Jamal Lowe who has 14 goals to his name. 

The addition of Conor Hourihane in January added experience to an already solid midfield containing Jay Fulton, and Grimes while former Bee Jake Bidwell has featured 41 times at left-back this term.


A decision will be made on Christian Norgaard today but Rico Henry is out. Shandon Baptiste and Josh Dasilva will also play no part at Wembley. 

Wayne Routledge's knee-injury picked up last weekend means The Swans long-serving winger is out. Brandon Cooper, Tivonge Rushesha, Steven Benda and Jordan Morris are also absent. 



Steve Cooper spent four years playing in Wales before retiring at 23 to become Wrexham's Head of Youth. A UEFA Pro Licence holder at 26, Cooper moved to Liverpool in 2008 and became Academy Manager in 2011. During his time at Melwood he worked with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

He moved to the FA in 2013 as a youth coach educator and coached the England Under-16s in 2014, before making the step up to under-17 level the following year. He led the Young Lions to the final of the 2017 European Championship, where they lost to Spain on penalties, but they gained revenge later in the year by coming from 2-0 down to beat the same opponents 5-2 in the World Cup final. With Graeme Potter heading to Brighton in the summer of 2019, Cooper was handed his first club managerial role after six years with the FA, guiding The Swans to sixth during his first campaign and fourth this time around. 



⚖ Chris Kavanagh will be the man in charge tomorrow

🆚 Ian Mitchelmore from Wales Online previews The Swans



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Brentford 2 Swansea City 0

Brentford are promoted

29 May 2021

Brentford have been promoted to the Premier League. The detail of it is, by and large, immaterial. But it is the detail that made the day what it was. First half goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes gave Brentford a 2-0 win over Swansea City. And it was a win they fully deserved.

The Bees dominated almost from start to finish. They were ahead inside ten minutes and two up within 20. And there was no way back for Swansea. A red card for Swansea midfield player Jay Fulton gave the Welsh side no chance of mounting a comeback and it The Bees that make their way to the top flight for the first time since 1947.

Brentford took control almost from the first whistle. They kept the ball, played at the pace they wanted, and pulled Swansea around the pitch. Inside the first six minutes there was a chance for Marcondes to go for goal from distance, which he blasted well wide, and a horrific lunge by Matt Grimes that saw him booked. Referee Chris Kavanagh may have had the option to show a red card but chose yellow. The next time he had a decision to make, he turned a good start from The Bees in to a great one, awarding the penalty.

The spot kick owed much to the vision of Sergi Canós. He weaved in off the left, afforded far too much space by a cautious Swansea defence, and picked a pass between the Welsh side’s back three. Bryan Mbeumo burst in to the space behind the defence, got to the ball before Freddie Woodman, and was brought down by the Swansea goalkeeper. Mr Kavanagh pointed to the spot and Toney stepped up. His shot was low and powerful and out of the reach of Woodman, diving to his right.

The Bees had already taken the upper hand and could have grabbed a second goal when a deep Mathias Jensen free kick was met by Marcondes, but he was unable to turn it back towards goal. Marcondes was proving to be an early danger. He was playing in the space between Swansea’s defence and midfield and getting Brentford on the attack.

Swansea tried to respond, but in committing men to attack, they left the back door open. Jensen robbed André Ayew in his own penalty area and Vitaly Janelt played the ball to Mbeumo on the left. He had most of the pitch to run in to and headed in to the penalty area before waiting for support. Mads Roerslev steamed forward to join in, received the ball, and then patiently assessed his options. Roerslev chipped a ball to the back post for Marcondes to arrive and steer the bouncing cross low past Woodman and in to the net. Brentford turned defence in to attack, ruthlessly cut Swansea open and had a two-goal lead.

Two was almost three seconds later. Toney stepped on to a bouncing ball 22 yards out and smashed a shot that fizzed past Woodman. It smacked in to the underside of the crossbar, bounced just the wrong side of the line, from a Brentford perspective, and flew away from danger. If it had been a few millimetres lower, it would have gone in.

Swansea tried to build in to the game as they looked to respond. They looked to develop possession in their own half and tried to get their wing backs forward. Connor Roberts lashed a ball across the face of goal and a long range shot from Jay Fulton was blocked by Ethan Pinnock. But Swansea mostly played in front of The Bees and David Raya dealt with most of the crosses that came in from set pieces.

A dead ball late in the half from Conor Hourihane almost gave Swansea a way back in to the game. Ayew got to it in front if Raya, but his header went up and landed on the top of the crossbar. That ensured that Brentford had a two-goal lead at the interval, and it may have been more. A cross from Mbeumo deflected off Marc Guéhi and flew just over the bar. The resulting corner was headed away as Toney looked to pounce and Janelt’s powerful shot was blocked by an arm, but Mr Kavanagh had already awarded Swansea a free kick.

Mbeumo could have made it three just before the break when he tried to capitalise on a Guéhi error. The Swansea defender failed to make the desired connection on a header and let Mbeumo in. Ben Cabango managed to get back to stop Mbeumo getting a powerful shot off and Swansea escaped.

Swansea made a slight change of shape at the break, pushing Roberts further forward and playing mostly with a back four. Roberts was up and down the pitch to give Swansea fluidity and flexibility and they went on the attack at the start of the second half. A brilliant cross from Roberts bounced across the Brentford six-yard box, but Ayew dived in and headed wide. Jamal Lowe then lashed over after cutting in off the left.

Jake Bidwell had a shot blocked while Roerslev blasted over at the other end as the half started quickly. Swansea definitely had the initiative and more pace in their play, while The Bees were content to let the Welsh side have most of the ball. Canós got away on the left and crossed for Mbeumo, but he fired over on the turn. A similar move at the other end saw Lowe get on to a Kyle Naughton cross and look to fire in to far post after swivelling in to box, but his shot flew wide.

A Brentford corner caused consternation for Swansea as it flew across the box, just evading Marcondes. Pinnock got on to the loose ball and lashed in a shot that may have been destined for the top corner, but it smashed in to Pontus Jansson. The Brentford captain was left momentarily dazed, and Swansea escaped, and from a corner at the other end, Swansea’s task was made significantly harder.

Brentford dealt with the first ball and Janelt then bravely rushed out to block the shot from Roberts. Jensen stepped away on the right side of the penalty area before Fulton stood on the back of his ankle. It may have been unintentional, but Fulton’s momentum then saw him put both legs off the ground, through Jensen. Fulton may claim he slipped but Mr Kavanagh decided he had been either reckless or careless and showed a red card, giving The Bees a man advantage for the final quarter of the contest.

And that was, basically, that. Swansea tried to find a way through, but Brentford’s defence was too well-organised to let a lead slip. Jansson limped off towards the end but with Winston Reid stepping in and Henrik Dalsgaard taking over the captaincy, The Bees had the wherewithal to get over the line.

The Bees could have made it more comfortable. Marcondes lashed a free kick narrowly over the bar and Saman Ghoddos saw a shot blocked.  Jensen set up Toney for an effort that would have flown in the bottom corner but for the intervention of Bidwell. Yan Dhanda fired high over the bar for Swansea and that gave Bretford the ball for the dying seconds. After almost seven minutes of stoppage time, Mr Kavanagh decided enough was enough and Brentford were up.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson (sub Reid 79 mins), Pinnock; Roerslev, Marcondes (sub Bidstrup 90 mins), Janelt (sub Ghoddos 74 mins), Jensen, Canós (sub Forss 74 mins); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Daniels, Stevens, Goode, Nørgaard, Fosu

Bookings: Marcondes (22 mins), Janelt (70 mins)

Swansea City: Woodman; Naughton (sub Cullen 60 mins), Guéhi, Cabango; Roberts, Fulton, Grimes, Hourihane (sub Dhanda 63 mins), Bidwell (sub Manning 82 mins); Ayew, Lowe

Subs (not used): Hamer, Bennett, Smith, Whittaker, Latibeaudiere, Freeman

Bookings: Grimes (6 mins)

Sent Off: Fulton (66 mins)

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Fan Information for Wembley

Details for those attending the game

28 May 2021

Around 5,000 Brentford fans will be heading to Wembley Stadium tomorrow for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final. The Bees will face Swansea City tomorrow, Saturday 29 May, for a place in the Premier League. The game will kick-off at 3pm.

It is unfortunate that more Bees fans can not be in attendance. All tickets are now sold out and, as explained here, this has been a difficult process for the Club with demand to go to the game far outweighing supply. We know those that aren't in the stadium will be giving their backing.

Wembley Stadium has sent a fan guide for those that are attending. It has details of entry time and conditions of attendance given Covid-19 protocols. It should be noted that alcohol will not be on sale inside Wembley and no cash will be taken. Match programmes will only be on sale outside the stadium. See the guide at Spectator Information - Sky Bet Play Off Finals.pdf.

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