The first Welsh side to make it to the Premiership. They join already promoted QPR and Norwich City. In the playoffs against Reading the Swans scored three first half goals with Scott Sinclair, the Championship’s highest scorer scoring a quick brace and Stephen Dobbie (video link)adding a third.
After the break Reading fought back as Noel Hunt (video link) and Matt Mills (video link) headed home from two successive corner to make the match very interesting. But eventually Sinclair was not to be denied his hat trick as he scored from the spot (video link), after Andy Griffith clumsy challenge brought down Fabio Borini.
Swansea’s march to a 90m payoff couples a stunning turnaround for a club financially dead a decade ago and bought for a pound. Brendan Rodgers, the manager also had an emotionally satisfying afternoon after he won against his former club. He was sacked by Reading after 23 matches in 2009.
Much of their success has to do with the Swans adopting a Barcelona type of passing game with dynamic movement down the channels and a fair depth in midfield creativity. Paul Fletcher explains why they will be a welcome addition to the Premiership.
The club they beat out yesterday had its share of glory under Steve Coppell in their 2006- 07 Premiership initiation when the Royals defied everyone’s expectations by finishing eighth, the best result by a debutante.