On the 10th anniversary of the Swans Play-Off Final victory over Reading in 2011, the class of 2021 weren’t able to emulate Brendan Rodgers victorious side, as Brentford ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley stadium.
In a game that was packed full of incident, the damage was done in the opening 20 minutes, as the prolific Ivan Toney scored from the penalty spot after Freddie Woodman brought down Bryan Mbeumo, before Emiliano Marcondes added a second rounding off a quick counter-attack.
Although the Swans rallied after the break, referee Chris Kavanagh had little choice but to show Jay Fulton a straight red card after 62 minutes, when the Scotsman fouled Mathias Jensen, whilst appearing to slip before sliding into the tackle.
Truth be told, the Swans never looked likely to win the game after a lacklustre opening half and few Swansea fans can have many complaints about the result, with ultimately the best team on the day and over the season – in terms of league position – coming out on top.
Perhaps of more concern to Swansea’s faithful will be the summer and what that will bring in terms of outgoings and incomings.
Whilst promotion to the Premier League could quite possibly have been a painful experience on the field, the money it would have put back into the Clubs coffers, estimated to be in the region of £150m, would have meant some financial stability at least for a few years – especially now the parachute payments (from relegation in 2017/18) have finished.