Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Reading 2-4 Swansea

Congratulations to Swansea who will be playing the English Premier League next season after a comprehensive 2-4 win over Reading in the play-off final. A remarkable achievement considering that only eight years ago Swansea were nearly relegated from the football league altogether.

Swansea though have turned their crisis into a windfall and are expected to receive £90m for their effort though the chairman Huw Jenkins was cagey as to how it would be spent during a Radio4 interview this morning. However, whilst yesterday was a great day in the history of the Welsh club one also has to feel sorry for Reading who were inches away from pegging the Swans back to 3-3 after being 0-3 down at the interval.

Nevertheless Swansea, like all good teams, rode their luck and were rewarded when Andy Griffin brought down Borini for a (dubious) penalty which Sinclair duly converted for his hat-trick.

Perhaps what will be most interesting about Swansea next season is their manager Brendan Rogers who could prove something of a revelation. Yesterday for example, Swansea played a 4-2-1-3 which has served them well this season by giving them width in attack through the dangerous Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer. Sticking with this philosophy next season could see them catch a lot of teams out and stretch defences across the line. They also appear more solid at the back that other teams promoted to England's highest league in recent times such as Blackpool and they have a better defensive record this season than fellow promotees Norwich. The only question mark over Rogers is his ability in the transfer market but having a lot of money to spend is a problem most managers would envy.

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