Excitement is building for Coventry City’s return to the Championship and they now know another of next season’s opponents – Swansea City.
The Sky Blues and the Swans will meet for the first time in a league encounter since 2011 next term after Brentford turned around their play-off semi-final against Swansea in the opening 15 minutes of the second leg, to see them progress to the Championship play-off final and leave Steve Cooper’s men to reflect on a disastrous opening.
In their final game at Griffin Park, the Bees came out firing and goals from top-scorer Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Marcondes put them 2-1 ahead on aggregate against the Swans, who gatecrashed the top six on the final day of a dramatic campaign after pipping Nottingham Forest.
Watkins produced a fine finish when clean through before Marcondes’ guided header left the Swans with it all to do.
Said Benrahma also hit the post as Brentford went into half-time 2-0 ahead and the home side began the second half like they started the first.
Bryan Mbeumo volleyed in Rico Henry’s cross in the 46th minute as they moved 3-0 up on the night, leaving the Swans staring down the barrel of another Championship campaign.
Swansea gave themselves hope after a defensive error from Pontus Jansson, whose attempted flick fell straight to Rhian Brewster and the striker lifted the ball over David Raya to cut the deficit on aggregate to one with 13 minutes remaining.
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Bees boss Thomas Frank was then booked in the closing stages for a touchline altercation with Connor Roberts but his side kept Swansea at bay in six added minutes to secure a 3-1 win that took them into the play-off final at Wembley 3-2 on aggregate.
The Bees will find out their opponents in next Tuesday night’s final in 24 hours, when Fulham host Cardiff at Craven Cottage leading 2-0 from the first leg in south Wales, with the likely outcome a south Wales double-header for Mark Robins’ men next season.
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