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V. Janelt
Yellow Card
J. Fulton
Red Card
E. Marcondes
Yellow Card
E. Marcondes
M. Rasmussen
2 - 0
I. Toney
Penalty Goal
1 - 0

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 0
Total Passes 313 392
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Promotion Play-off


That is all from the Championship play-off final, until next time!
The Bees will be playing top-flight football next season for the first time since the 1946-47 campaign. The next question Frank will have to consider is whether Brentford can keep hold of all of their stars, such as Mbeumo and Toney for the following season. Swansea, who fall at the final hurdle, will return to Championship football next campaign and will have to wait for their return to the Premier League, after being relegated in 2018.
Brentford finally succeed in their 10th Football League play-offs attempt! A first-half penalty from Toney and Marcondes’ finish put the Bees two goals to the good at half-time. Fulton's second-half dismissal for a two-footed lunge on Jensen then made Swansea's task even harder and they never recovered to get back into the final. With Raya rarely being called upon at the other end, Frank's men coasted to a 2-0 win in the play-off final to confirm their Premier League status for next season.
90' + 5' Cabango slides a low right-footed effort wide of goal to the left after being rolled in by Cullen. The chance wouldn't have counted, however, as the assistant on the far side suggests there was an offside in the build-up to the opportunity.
90' + 4' Toney attempts to keep the ball in the corner before trying to find Jensen at the near post. Grimes, however, is alert to the danger and hooks a clearance away up the pitch.
M. Bidstrup
E. Marcondes
90' + 2' Bidstrup is Frank's next substitute as he looks to run down the clock at Wembley. Marcondes is the player to come off.
90' + 1' There will be six minutes of added time as Marcondes gestures towards the fans behind the goal for some support. They respond with a loud roar and Brentford are edging closer towards the Premier League.
89' OVER! A loose ball cannons around the Bees' area before Dhanda takes matter into his own hands and volleys from the edge of the box. The substitute catches the strike well and sends it in between a number of bodies towards goal. Unfortunately for Cooper's men, however, Dhanda's right-footed attempt sails over the bar and out for a goal-kick, which Raya smashes long.
88' Brentford are looking to reach the English top-flight for the first time since the 1946-47 season, when they finished 21st and were relegated. If they are promoted, it will be 86 years since their last promotion to the top-flight (1934-35), with only Bradford City having a longer gap between top-flight promotions (1908 – 1999, a gap of 91 years). At the moment, they are two minutes or so away from confirming their Premier League status.
86' Grimes crosses in from a wide set-piece on the left-hand side but the ball sails over his team-mates and into the hands of Raya. The Spaniard goes down and suggests Ayew has fouled him, which referee Kavanagh agrees with as he awards a free-kick inside the Bees' area.
84' Forss stumbles over and insists he has been fouled by Grimes, who has already been booked, but referee Kavanagh disagrees and waves play on. Brentford regain possession, however, and Roerslev's surging run down the right results in a throw-in.
R. Manning
J. Bidwell
82' After blocking well from Toney's earlier chance, Bidwell makes way as Cooper sends on Manning at left-back.
81' BLOCK! Jensen drops his shoulder and drives inwards from the left-hand side before chipping to Toney to the right of goal. The forward takes a touch and sets his sights on the bottom left corner with a right-footed shot, which Bidwell manages to block behind for a corner in front of Woodman's goal.
80' Forss surges through the middle and find Toney, who expertly holds up possession before playing backwards. The Brentford forward then nearly latches onto a pass over the top but Cabango does well to drop back and head into the hands of Woodman.
W. Reid
P. Jansson
79' Frank replaces experience with more experience as he sends on Reid to replace the injured Jansson.
78' Jansson goes down inside his own half and the Brentford physios are forced to come on and tend to the centre-back. He looks to be indicating a problem with his hamstring and this could be the end of the Swede's appearance at Wembley.
77' Despite being down to 10 men, Swansea are still dominating the majority of possession. While they have had a lot of the ball, Raya has rarely been required and the Swans have just over 13 minutes to turn this play-off final around.
76' Fulton is the first player to receive a straight red card in a Championship play-off final since Gary O'Neil for Queens Park Rangers versus Derby in 2014 and is the first to be sent off since Denis Odoi for Fulham v Villa in 2018.
M. Forss
Sergi Canós
74' At the same time as Ghoddos' introduction, Canos also leaves the pitch and Forss is the man to take his place.
S. Ghoddos
V. Janelt
74' Frank makes a double change, the first of which sees Ghoddos replace Janelt, who had just been booked minutes ago.
73' CLOSE! Marcondes is the man to take the central free-kick after Guehi's foul on Toney. The Brentford midfielder stutters up to the ball before whipping a right-footed strike over the wall but also over the crossbar. Woodman watched it all the way, however, the replays show Marcondes' effort wasn't too far from finding the top left corner.
72' The resulting free-kick from the Swans out on the right-hand side comes to nothing. Down the other end, Toney gets his body in front of Guehi to win a central free-kick 25 yards from goal.
V. Janelt
Yellow Card
70' Janelt slips and then fouls Roberts on the right-hand side. Swansea get a free-kick out wide and Janelt becomes the second Brentford player in referee Kavanagh's book.
68' If Cooper's task wasn't hard enough, it now borders on impossible as his team are reduced to 10 men and remain two goals down. Brentford, in contrast, have just over 20 minutes to defend their two-goal lead and seal a place in the Premier League for next season.
67' After Fulton's horrendous tackle on Jensen, the Brentford players rushed across to both confront Fulton and check on Jensen. The Bees' midfielder is fine to carry on after some medical attention but the bigger question is why Fulton felt the need to make the two-footed tackle, seemingly out of nowhere, in the first place?
J. Fulton
Red Card
65' RED CARD FOR FULTON! Roberts’ long-range effort gets blocked towards the left-hand corner, where Jensen stalls as he wanders over to the loose ball. Fulton comes racing across, lunging into a needless and dangerous two-footed tackle to hack the midfielder down from behind. Referee Kavanagh sprints across before dismissing Fulton and reducing the Swans to 10 men.
65' Roberts launches in another long throw-in, which gets cleared back to him before he wins a corner for his team on the right-hand side, which then comes to nothing.
64' This is the 10th different occasion the sides finishing third and fourth in the second tier have met in the play-off final, with the third-place sides winning promotion on six of the previous nine occasions. However, last season saw third-place Brentford lose 2-1 to fourth-place Fulham.
Y. Dhanda
C. Hourihane
63' Cooper makes another substitution as he sends on Dhanda for Hourihane.
63' After blocking Pinnock's attempt from Mbeumo's corner, Jansson remains down and requires treatment from the Brentford physios. The Swedish centre-back took a fairly hefty blow to head from his fellow centre-back's efforts but returns to his feet a minute or so later.
62' Roerslev goes on another roam forward and forces Bidwell into conceding a corner on the right-hand side. Mbeumo wanders across before delivering towards the near post, where Ayew misses the clearance. The loose ball falls to Pinnock to the left of goal but he powers a left-footed volley wide of goal, courtesy of a block from his own team-mate Jansson.
L. Cullen
K. Naughton
60' Cooper makes the first change of the match as he sends on forward Cullen for Naughton. This means Swansea will likely move back to four-man defence and Roberts will be the man who moves backwards to right-back.
59' WIDE! Naughton overlaps Roberts and finds Lowe at the near post. The English forward twists and turns to make space for himself before curling a left-footed strike wide to the left of Raya's goal. This game is opening up a little as the Swans realise they have to be a bit more adventurous to chase a goal which could get them back in this play-off final.
58' CHANCE! Smart intricate passes from the Bees sees possession fall to Canos on the left-hand side and the Spaniard drills a low cross towards the penalty spot. Mbeumo moves back to reach the offload before powering a left-footed effort over the crossbar. The French forward had time there and that was another good opportunity to beat Woodman, however, the chance goes amiss.
57' Hourihane whips in from a deep, wide set-piece but his cross sails out of play for a goal-kick. Cabango seemed to have room to attack at the back post, however, the centre-back can't get there and Raya gets the chance to smash up the pitch.
56' Toney rolls the ball back to Woodman after Hourihane's clash with Marcondes but the arguments are still going on near the centre circle. Frank's men don't appear too happy with Hourihane and things are heating up a little at Wembley.
55' Hourihane is late to an aerial duel with Marcondes and he leaves the Brentford midfielder on the floor. The Bees' physios rush on to tend to Marcondes while referee Kavanagh has a word with both Hourihane and captain Grimes. Marcondes then returns from the touchline moments later.
53' Janelt uses his body to force Ayew to foul him and the Ghanaian forward duly obliges. Ayew has a few words with referee Kavanagh but he can have no complaints as he needlessly fouled in the middle of the park.
52' Bidwell smashes into Mbeumo, however, referee Kavanagh waves play on. Cooper's men have come out a different side after the break and they look more capable of competing with the Bees in this half already.
50' OVER! Lowe drives inwards from the left-hand channel, racing to 25 yards from goal before blasting a right-footed strike over the crossbar. The English forward was trying to curl towards the top right corner but he gets his effort all wrong and wastes a good opportunity as he was fairly unchallenged outside the area.
49' Roerslev tries testing Woodman from the right-hand side but he powers a right-footed effort into the stand of Brentford fans behind the goal. The right wing-back doesn't seem too pleased with himself but he would have struggled to beat the goalkeeper from that sort of opportunity either way.
47' WIDE! A teasing delivery from Roberts on the right-hand side bounces near the six-yard area. Ayew comes flying in with a diving header in front of Jansson but he can only send his close-range effort wide to the left of goal. The Swans forward has his head in his hands as he realises that Raya would have had no chance of saving the shot if it was on target from that sort of range.
46' Referee Kavanagh gets the second half underway!
Frank will be delighted with his team's first-half performance as they have remained compact in defence and looked incredibly threatening going forward and winning every loose ball. Cooper, whose 3-5-2 system hasn't worked as of yet, will have to make changes after his men's lacklustre showing. The Welsh side could look to the likes of Cullen or Dhanda off the bench to change the flow of this play-off final, which Brentford have dominated.
After losing last year's play-off final, Brentford got off to the perfect start in this one as Toney gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 10th minute. Woodman may take the blame for the penalty as Swansea's goalkeeper rushed out to bring down Mbeumo. The Bees then doubled their advantage through Marcondes' counter-attacking finish to leave the Swans stunned inside 20 minutes at Wembley. A quieter latter stages of the first half followed, which is why Frank's men go in leading 2-0 at half-time. 
45' CLOSE! Hourihane crosses from a free-kick on the right-hand side and Ayew sneaks in front of Raya to flick a header just over the crossbar. Brentford's goalkeeper demands a free-kick for a foul but the replays show the Swans forward got to the ball before him and, if anything, Raya was a little lucky that the chance went over the crossbar and not into the top left corner.
44' Canos stands on Roberts' toes and the Welsh wing-back wins a soft free-kick near the right-hand corner. Brentford's Spaniard shows his frustrations as he disagrees with the assistant on the near side but that won't change the decision as Hourihane wanders across to deliver.
43' Frank could be the first ever Danish manager to win a Football League promotion, while Cooper could be only the second Welshman to win promotion to the Premier League, after Tony Pulis in 2007-08 with Stoke City, and only the third Welshman to lead a Welsh club into the top-flight (Bill Jones in 1959-60 with Cardiff & John Toshack in 1980-81 with Swansea).
41' CHANCE! Guehi carelessly heads backwards and Mbeumo latches onto the loose ball to spin and shoot with a right-footed attempt inside the area. Fortunately for Cooper's men, Mbeumo doesn't make the best contact with his strike and Woodman saves easily.
40' Mbeumo whips in a teasing delivery from the left-hand side and Guehi is forced into deflecting behind for a corner. The French forward takes the corner, which he won, but Naughton heads away in front of Toney.
38' Fulton tries his luck from range with a right-footed effort but Raya isn't required as the wall of red and white shirts in front of his goal block the shot. Barring a few catches from corners, the Bees' goalkeeper has barely been required at all.
36' Toney leaps high above Cabango to flick a header on for the run of Mbeumo. The French forward seems to be in behind but Guehi comes across to shelter the ball away for Naughton to clear. Mbeumo's pace is frequently causing the Swans' three-man defence problems.
34' Raya and Canos fail to communicate and the latter head behind for another corner on the right-hand side. Hourihane crosses in once more and, on this occasion, Raya comfortably claims at the back post.
33' Fulton wins a corner for his team on the right-hand side as his cross gets deflected behind. Hourihane whips in the set-piece towards the near post and Raya comes out confidently to punch away the danger.
32' Canos, who has been excellent going forward, does his defensive duties as he races back to slide and tackle Roberts. On the other side, Lowe and Roerslev have barely been involved but it's the battle in Canos' channel that has seen all the action so far.
31' Hourihane doesn't end up taking the free-kick and Roberts instead delivers from a central position. The right wing-back fails to beat Toney as the first man and Raya's lack of involvement in this play-off final carries on for the moment.
30' Janelt puts his hands to his head after he is deemed to have fouled Grimes 35 yards from his own goal. Hourihane has the ball in hand and will look to deliver a left-footed free-kick from a central position for his side.
28' Mbeumo takes the wide free-kick this time and finds Jansson at the back post. The Swedish centre-back redirects the ball towards the near post but Guehi intervenes in front of Toney to head away and win a free-kick for his own side inside the area.
27' Canos is causing problems on the left-hand side still and this time he nips in front of Naughton before being dragged down. Swansea's defender somehow escapes a caution but again Brentford get a set-piece in a good wide position.
26' The Swans have barely laid a glove on their opposition as of yet and it's hard to see a way back into the game for them at the minute. Their Championship success has been built off their strong defensive record, a key facet which has been incredibly absent so far at Wembley.
24' Including play-offs, Frank's men have lost just two of their 25 Championship games this season in which they've scored the first goal (W18 D5). Swansea, in contrast, have won just three of the same fixtures when conceding first this season (D7 L11).
E. Marcondes
Yellow Card
22' Marcondes, after scoring the second goal, is late on Roberts and he joins Grimes in referee Kavanagh's book.
21' OFF THE BAR! Toney creates a chance out of nowhere as he waits for the ball to fall from the right-hand side and volleys a right-footed effort towards the top left corner. Woodman is powerless to stop the strike but the Swans are saved by the crossbar as the ball hits the woodwork before dropping down and falling the wrong side of the goal-line. Cooper's men look shocked at the Bees' fast start and at the moment Frank's team are running riot!
M. Rasmussen
20' Roerslev speeds forward to join Mbeumo on the counter-attack, reaching an unusual position to the left of goal before squaring across for Marcondes. The Brentford midfielder surges forward and strikes a first-time attempt into the bottom right corner past Woodman to double the Bees' lead!
E. Marcondes
20' GOOOOOOOALLLLL! 2-0 BRENTFORD! The Bees deal with Ayew inside their own area and clear to the left-hand channel for Mbeumo to counter-attack in a two-on-two situation. Guehi stalls the French forward, who makes it to the other end before offloading to Roerslev and the right wing-back passes towards the right of goal. Marcondes rushes into the area, striking a first-time right-footed shot into the bottom right corner past Woodman. The Swans fall two goals down early on as Brentford execute a wonderful counter-attack!
19' Hourihane gets the chance to whip in a set-piece from wide on the right after a foul on Roberts. The midfielder curls a cross in but the Bees comfortably clear at the near post through Toney.
18' Canos again teases Roberts as he dips one way and then the other to create space and deliver towards the far post from the left-hand channel. Mbeumo looks interested, however, Cabango gets across quickly to usher the forward out the way and let Woodman collect.
16' While it hasn't exactly been one-way traffic so far, Frank will be delighted with his team's energetic start. Six of the starting-11 failed in the final against Fulham last season, so could the Bees have learned the lesson for this occasion?
15' It's now Janelt that's down on the left-hand touchline as Hourihane smashes into another late tackle. Referee Kavanagh has another quiet word but Cooper's men need to be careful they don't get too carried away in the opening stages here at Wembley.
14' Jensen angles the resulting set-piece towards the far post, however, Dalsgaard can't quite make a connection with the cross and the ball trickles out for a goal-kick to the Swans.
13' Canos drops his shoulder to beat Roberts with ease before Naughton clatters into the Spaniard with a late standing tackle. Canos stays down but, more importantly, his side get a free-kick in a good position in the left-hand channel.
12' Including play-offs, Toney has been directly involved in 43 goals in 48 Championship appearances for Brentford this season (33 goals, 10 assists). Toney’s only previous appearance at Wembley was for Barnsley against Millwall in the 2016 League One play-off final as a substitute, ending on the winning side that day too.
I. Toney
Penalty Goal
10' GOOOOOOALLLLL! 1-0 BRENTFORD! After Mbeumo wins the penalty, Toney is the man to take on Woodman from the spot. The forward slowly wanders up to the ball before coolly sliding a right-footed finish into the bottom left corner. The Swans’ goalkeeper dives the right way but he can’t get to a hand to the strike to stop it and Brentford take the lead in the play-off final!
9' PENALTY TO BRENTFORD! Woodman comes rushing out of his goal and brings down Mbeumo, who gets to the ball just before the goalkeeper, and the referee has no choice but to give a penalty! Initially, the French forward was rolled in by Canos and nipped in behind Guehi and Cabango to drive into the area. Cooper may be asking himself did his goalkeeper need to come speeding out like that to initiate the contact?
7' As suggested before the game, it does seem Cooper is employing a 3-5-2 formation as opposed to a 4-3-3 system. Roberts is out on the right-hand side, while Naughton is tucking slightly inside to act as part of a three-man defence alongside Cabango and Guehi.
M. Grimes
Yellow Card
6' The first yellow card of the game comes as Grimes is late with a sliding tackle on Canos. The Spaniard rolls around on the floor, perhaps trying to convince referee Kavanagh to show a red card but Swansea's captain gets away with just a caution.
4' Marcondes races forward to collect a loose ball and volley from the edge of the area. Toney looks a better option to the left of goal but Marcondes smashes a right-footed attempt high into the stand behind Woodman's goal.
3' Mbeumo goes down inside the area after a nudge by Guehi but the referee shakes his head and insists play goes on. The Bees' forward was looking to latch onto Canos' curling pass from the left-hand channel, however, that would have been an incredibly soft decision so early on in the play-off final.
1' Referee Chris Kavanagh gets the Championship play-off final underway!
This is the second consecutive season to see Brentford and Swansea meet in the Championship play-offs, with the London side eliminating the Swans 3-2 on aggregate in last season’s semi-final.
Steve Cooper makes just the one alteration to his semi-final winning side. Roberts replaces Wayne Routledge, who suffered an injury against Barnsley, on the right-hand side. The inclusion of Roberts also opens up the possibility of a 3-5-2 formation from Cooper, otherwise the Welsh full-back will be operating in an unfamiliar forward position for the Swans.
Thomas Frank keeps things simple as he names the same starting line-up that came back to beat Bournemouth in the semi-final. That means Toney, who has scored 32 Championship goals this season, starts alongside Mbeumo up top and Forss remains on the bench, despite scoring against the Cherries.
SUBS: Joel Latibeaudiere, Korey Smith, Liam Cullen, Morgan Whittaker, Ben Hamer, Yan Dhanda, Ryan Bennett, Kieron Freeman, Ryan Manning.
SWANSEA CITY (4-3-3): Freddy Woodman; Kyle Naughton, Ben Cabango, Marc Guehi, Jake Bidwell; Conor Hourihane, Matt Grimes, Jay Fulton; Connor Roberts, Jamal Lowe, Andre Ayew.
SUBS: Winston Reid, Mads Bidstrup, Luke Daniels, Finley Stevens, Marcus Forss, Tariqe Fosu-Henry, Charlie Goode, Saman Ghoddos, Christian Norgaard.
BRENTFORD (3-4-1-2): David Raya Martin; Ethan Pinnock, Henrik Dalsgaard, Pontus Jansson; Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Mathias Jensen, Vitaly Janelt, Sergi Canos; Emiliano Marcondes; Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney.
Swansea possessed the best defensive record in the division, which propelled them towards the automatic promotion spots for large parts of the season. Despite stuttering to finish in fourth place as they lost six of their last 11 games, Steve Cooper’s men dispatched of Barnsley with a 2-1 aggregate win in the play-off semi-final tie. The Tykes threatened a late comeback, however, the Swans deservedly made it to the final after dominating for the majority of both legs.
Brentford flirted with automatic promotion for much of the season, however, they ultimately had to settle for third spot in the Championship as they finished the regular season strongly with a 12-match unbeaten run. In the play-off semi-final, Bournemouth held a two-goal first-leg advantage, yet the Bees overturned that with a 3-1 win in the second leg to secure a 3-2 aggregate win and a place at Wembley.
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