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Championship Says Goodbye to Swansea!

The Clarets will still be travelling to the Madejski Stadium next season with the Royals going down 4-2 to Swansea City in the Championship play-offs final at Wembley.

In a thrilling game, it looked all over at half-time for Reading with Swansea already 3-0 up thanks to a brace of goals from Scott Sinclair within one minute after scoring from the spot on 21 minutes and then from open play on 22 minutes.

Stephen Dobbie then added to Reading's woes scoring five minutes before the break after a great cross from former Burnley loan wnger, Nathan Dyer.

Former Reading manager and current Swans gaffer, Brendan Rogers must have had a wry smile on his face in the dressing room at half-time but that smile slipped a bit in the second-half as Reading came charging back.

An own goal from Allen on 49 minutes was followed eight minutes later with a Mills goal that gave Reading fans some hope.

Those Royals fans heading for the exits at half-time might have been regretting that decision at this stage.

Swansea though steadied their nerves and were rewarded with another penalty ten minutes from time. There was Sinclair again to duly slot home and claim a hat-trick!

Swansea return to the top flight for the first time since 1983 in what will be their first time in the Premier League.

Reading boss Brian McDermott must be gutted but that's football as they they live to fight another season in the Championship.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 30 2011

Time: 5:18PM

Your Comments

I think losing the play-offs must be the worst feeling for fans in the world! I know I would have been suicidal had the Blades won in 2009. Just seems all that emotion has been wasted now we are back in the Championship and still it seems pleading poverty! :-(
turfmanphil
I reckon the Royals fans must be more than gutted as IMO they were the better team and still lost. Always some consolation at being beaten by a better team, ask Fergie, but as TMP says "that's football" and the life of a football fan.
cornwallclaret
I nipped out at half time. Were some Reading fans really leaving at then? As a matter of principle I always stay to the end, as you never know what might happen. Thought Brendan Rogers' comment about how the three teams going up 'would be a credit to the Championship' was interesting. Not only did it indicate a possible greater sense of long-term affinity with the second tier, but also it highlighted the rise in Championship quality over recent years. Terrific game for the neutral: a credit to both teams. Also good to see Wembley getting its act together and getting the middle tier mostly full. Anyone know what changes have been put in place over tickets there since that tier was laregly empty at both ends for our time in the sun?
Couch Potato
 

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