Swansea City's dreams of promotion ended with defeat at Brentford

Swansea City's dreams of promotion ended with defeat at Brentford

Swansea City's dreams of promotion ended with defeat at Brentford

Manager Thomas Frank on Wednesday insisted that Brentford have proved they are not chokers by booking their place in the Championship playoff final with an impressive 3-1 win against Swansea City.

Ollie Watkins canceled out Swansea's advantage in the opening minutes and Emiliano Marcondes doubled stylish Brentford's lead before the break.

Two quick first half goals made the task a daunting one for Swansea City who conceded the third midway into the second half before Liverpool loanee Ryan Brewster pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Steve Cooper's side have now given themselves a terrific chance to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley after winning the first leg 1-0 last week thanks to an Andre Ayew goal so the pressure is on Brentford to turn things around this evening.

The unfashionable west London club, forever in the shadow of neighbors Chelsea, remain in the hunt to reach England's top flight for the first time in 73 years.

There were six added minutes but Swansea could not get the goal they badly needed to qualify as the hosts booked a place in the finals.

'Because we were just on it.

The 29-year-old signed a new short-term contract last month that extended his stay with Brentford until the end of the season, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be offered a new deal despite being highly regarded by Frank.

Brentford: The good news for Brentford, who it goes without saying need to score, is that they haven't been shut out at home since Nottingham Forest left Griffin Park in January with a 1-0 win. The way we played tonight, I honestly think we could have jumped on three, four nil and then of course we made mistakes - this is football this is why we love it.

Watkins burst through from Mathias Jensen's low pass through the Swans' central defence to calmly slot under keeper Erwin Mulder for his 26th goal of the season.

The victory over Swansea was Brentford's first in 12 play-off matches.

The home side were ahead in the tie inside 15 minutes as Marcondes drifted between the Swansea centre backs to head a pin-point Said Benrahma cross into the net.

They grabbed a third a minute into the second half when Rico Henry, whose red card in the first leg was overturned on appeal, crossed for Mbeumo to volley home.

Swansea looks to close out Griffin Park, where they have an all-time record of nine wins, 21 losses and ten draws, with a win while they seek to keep their 100% record in the Championship play-offs intact, having won them the only other time they participated in 2011.

In the 78th minute a glaring lack of control by Bees captain Pontus Jansson allowed Brewster to nip into the penalty area to expertly lob over Raya.

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