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  • Date:30 May 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Wembley Stadium
  • Attendance:86,581
  • Hunt (48)
    Joe Allen - og (48) Mills (56)
  • Sinclair - pen (20) Sinclair (21)
    Dobbie (39) Sinclair - pen (79)
Goal!

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93:08 +3.08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ian Harte, Headed effort on goal by Mikele Leigertwood from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

92:51 +2.51

The ball is crossed by Simon Church, blocked by Luke Moore.

90:36 +0.36

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, save made by Dorus De Vries.

89:39

Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, Headed from the edge of the area by Simon Church goes wide of the left-hand upright.

88:51

Luke Moore comes on in place of Joe Allen.

87:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel by Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.

86:26

Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, save made by Dorus De Vries.

83:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Scott Sinclair. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Andy Griffin. Free kick taken by Garry Monk.

82:30

Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Joe Allen makes a clearance.

82:09

Ian Harte sends in a cross, Matt Mills takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.

81:28

Jimmy Kebe fouled by Mark Gower, the ref awards a free kick. Caution for Mark Gower. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

78:38

Penalty awarded for a foul by Andy Griffin on Fabio Borini. Power penalty scored by Scott Sinclair. Reading 2-4 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Fabio Borini.

77:37

The ball is delivered by Ian Harte, Mikele Leigertwood has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

76:24

Mark Gower comes on in place of Leon Britton.

75:04

Noel Hunt goes off and Simon Church comes on.

73:29

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, save by Dorus De Vries.

73:17

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Britton.

73:03

Centre by Jimmy Kebe.

72:48

Andy Griffin crosses the ball, clearance made by Angel Rangel.

72:27

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Alan Tate gets a block in.

70:44

Centre by Darren Pratley, clearance by Jem Karacan.

69:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Pratley from the left by-line, clearance made by Noel Hunt.

69:08

Darren Pratley crosses the ball, Andy Griffin gets a block in.

68:04

Shane Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dorus De Vries takes the indirect free kick.

66:59

Noel Hunt challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.

66:20

The ball is delivered by Mikele Leigertwood.

65:12

Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.

64:23

Jem Karacan challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Borini restarts play with the free kick.

62:42

Fabio Borini is penalised for a handball. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.

61:42

Outswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, save by Dorus De Vries.

61:36

Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Joe Allen gets a block in.

60:50

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Alan Tate.

60:45

Centre by Andy Griffin, Alan Tate gets a block in.

60:26

Andy Griffin delivers the ball, Alan Tate gets a block in.

59:55

Shane Long takes a shot. Alan Tate makes a clearance.

59:26

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Harte, clearance made by Alan Tate.

59:13

Effort from outside the box by Jem Karacan strikes the post.

56:35

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Matt Mills scores a headed goal from close range. Reading 2-3 Swansea.Jobi McAnuff provided the assist for the goal.

56:25

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Alan Tate gets a block in.

54:44

Darren Pratley is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Dobbie.

54:36

Shot by Stephen Dobbie from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

53:46

Joe Allen challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Joe Allen a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

51:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff played to the near post, Matt Mills has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

51:41

Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, blocked by Alan Tate.

50:54

The ball is crossed by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Ashley Williams.

50:08

Unfair challenge on Fabio Borini by Zurab Khizanishvili results in a free kick. Garry Monk takes the free kick.

50:00

Shane Long crosses the ball, clearance made by Garry Monk.

49:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin by Stephen Dobbie. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

48:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff played to the near post, Own goal by Joe Allen. Reading 1-3 Swansea.Assist by Jobi McAnuff.

47:55

Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Alan Tate.

47:49

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

47:40 +2.40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, save by Dorus De Vries.

46:40 +1.40

Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.

46:31

The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.

46:20

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.

45:01

Jay Tabb is shown a red card for foul and abusive language.

44:24

Jem Karacan delivers the ball, Shot from close in by Matt Mills misses to the left of the target.

42:59

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Blocked by Zurab Khizanishvili.

41:32

Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Dobbie. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.

39:35

Goal scored by Stephen Dobbie from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 0-3 Swansea.

38:31

Jobi McAnuff is shown a yellow card for dissent.

37:48

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

36:59

Ian Harte takes the outswinging corner, save by Dorus De Vries.

36:20

Corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance by Stephen Dobbie.

32:57

Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball.

32:37

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.

32:10

Fabio Borini takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.

28:14

Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, Noel Hunt produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

28:06

The ball is crossed by Andy Griffin, Alan Tate gets a block in.

25:57

Matt Mills takes a shot. Blocked by Fabio Borini.

25:47

A cross is delivered by Mikele Leigertwood, Alan Tate manages to make a clearance.

25:18

Corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance by Alan Tate.

25:07

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, blocked by Joe Allen.

23:48

Unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Garry Monk restarts play with the free kick.

21:46

Scott Sinclair grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 0-2 Swansea.Stephen Dobbie provided the assist for the goal.

21:33

Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Williams. Garry Monk takes the free kick.

19:31

Zurab Khizanishvili concedes a Penalty for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Penalty taken right-footed by Scott Sinclair and scored. Reading 0-1 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Nathan Dyer.

18:55

Garry Monk fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Monk takes the free kick.

17:46

Noel Hunt is caught offside. Dorus De Vries takes the indirect free kick.

16:15

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.

14:49

The ball is sent over by Shane Long.

11:27

Adam Federici fouled by Fabio Borini, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Fabio Borini for unsporting behaviour. The referee books Zurab Khizanishvili for unsporting behaviour. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

10:16

Foul by Andy Griffin on Joe Allen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.

9:08

Unfair challenge on Stephen Dobbie by Jobi McAnuff results in a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.

8:30

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff played to the near post, clearance by Angel Rangel.

8:14

Andy Griffin sends in a cross, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

7:51

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

6:11

Unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Andy Griffin results in a free kick. Andy Griffin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Alan Tate takes the free kick.

5:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Shane Long. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.

4:42

Zurab Khizanishvili concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Borini. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.

2:28

Scott Sinclair fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Fabio Borini has an effort direct from the free kick.

1:25

Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

0:27

Andy Griffin concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Alan Tate takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Dobbie aware of play-off pressure Swansea midfielder Stephen Dobbie is no stranger to the pressures of a Championship play-off final. Out of favour under then Swans boss Paulo Sousa following injury, the Scot was last February allowed out on loan to Blackpool whom he duly helped clinch Wembley success in a thrilling showpiece against Cardiff. Just like last year, Dobbie last week scored a semi-final second-leg goal to help shoot down Nottingham Forest - the difference when he walks out under the famous arch of the national stadium 12 months on being that he will now be wearing the white of his parent club and not the tangerine of the Seasiders. But Dobbie can draw comparisons between the Blackpool side of last May and the current Swans set up. "The gaffer (Brendan Rodgers) is fantastic and I'm sure you've all seen the videos of Ian Holloway, he's just a character the same as the gaffer," Dobbie said. "He's turned the team around from defending into attacking. "There are similarities with the team spirit as well, it shows when we go away on activity days and everyone's together. There's good banter and I think that`s what sets you in good stead for the big games." Swans manager Rodgers does not have any injury concerns ahead of Monday`s final although left-back Neil Taylor remains suspended. Skipper Garry Monk has overcome a slight stomach bug and trained on Thursday, leaving him fit to occupy his centre-back role alongside Ashley Williams. Alan Tate will again line up at left-back in place of Taylor who serves the second game of a three-match ban for his dismissal in the first leg of Swans` 3-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest. Rodgers will keep faith with his trusted 4-3-3 formation and could name the same XI who started the second leg against Forest. "Our preparation has been terrific," Rodgers said. "We're obviously very much looking forward to the game, the players have earned the right to get to the final and we're all excited about going there. "We're obviously cautious as well - this is a game where you might only get one chance." Reading boss Brian McDermott admits there will be no secrets when he locks horns with Rodgers, an old friend. Rodgers worked with the Reading academy from 1995 and after leaving nine years later to join up with Chelsea, returned to the club as manager in June 2009. McDermott spent time alongside Rodgers during both spells at the Berkshire club and believes his counterpart has proven a "hell of a lot" during his time in south Wales. "We get on brilliant," he said of the pair's relationship. "We are good friends. I did the under-17s and he helped me with that, and then under-19s he helped me with that. Then he was academy manager here for a while, went to Chelsea as youth team manager and ended at Watford as manager. "There's no real secrets, I'll know how Swansea play he'll know how Reading play. Then you leave it to the players on the day. "He's proved a hell of a lot since July at Swansea. Now they're in the play-off final and that has proved he has done a fantastic job. It was a good fit for him with the style of play, they have had a team that has done really well over four to five years under (Roberto) Martinez, (Paulo) Sousa and now Brendan and I'm delighted for him." Reading's influential wide man Jimmy Kebe is struggling to overcome a thigh injury. The Malian winger has missed the last six matches, including both legs of the semi-final triumph over Cardiff, and McDermott will give him as long as possible to try and prove his fitness. "We're waiting on Jimmy Kebe as we have been for the past six weeks so we will have to see how he is," McDermott said. "We will give him every opportunity to play and that is all we can do really. I don't know whether he is 50-50, who knows? We'll see if he trains on Saturday. He wasn't particularly close to match fitness against Cardiff so we will have to wait and see." Hal Robson-Kanu, who had stood in for Kebe, is fit for the showpiece clash having himself missed the second leg of the semi-final in Cardiff with a hamstring problem sustained in the first meeting between the two sides at the Madejski Stadium. He will battle it out with Shaun Cummings for a place on the right of midfield should Kebe not make it, with the Royals boasting an otherwise fully-fit squad.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 451Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

  • Adam Federici
  • Andy Griffin
  • Matt Mills
  • Zurab Khizanishvili
  • Ian Harte
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Jem Karacan
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Shane Long
  • Noel Hunt
  • SUBS
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Jay Tabb
  • Simon Church
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Brian Howard
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Alex Pearce

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Match Report

Sinclair stars as Swans soar Scott Sinclair struck a hat-trick as Swansea survived a second-half fightback from Reading to clinch promotion to the Barclays Premier League with a 4-2 victory in an enthralling npower Championship play-off final. Scott Sinclair's 25th and 26th goals of the season in a devastating two-minute spell midway through the first half set Swans on their way - the opener coming from the penalty spot - before Stephen Dobbie added a third. But in another thrilling clash befitting the Wembley showpiece, Reading displayed plenty of never-say-die spirit and hauled themselves right back into it through Noel Hunt and Matthew Mills. But Sinclair, signed from Chelsea last summer, smashed home his second penalty of the afternoon in the 80th minute to become only the second player, behind Clive Mendonca, to bag a play-off final treble at Wembley and ensure Swansea are the first non-English club to compete in the Premier League since its formation in 1992. Victory ends a 28-year wait for top-flight football for Swansea and - aside from the estimated #90million windfall - completes an astonishing eight-year turnaround for the south Wales club after they narrowly avoided relegation from the Football League. For manager Brendan Rodgers, it was victory against the club he served for a total of 14 years as player, youth coach, reserve coach and an unsuccessful six-month stint as boss in 2009. His replacement 17 months ago, Brian McDermott, was able to call upon influential winger Jimmy Kebe after he passed a fitness test on a thigh injury. Rodgers kept faith with the same line-up who saw off Nottingham Forest 3-1 in the second leg of their semi. That meant defender Alan Tate and midfielder Leon Britton walked out for the club having been part of that dramatic final day survival in 2003. And once the fireworks had gone off and the red carpet had been tucked away, it was the anticipated free-flowing, passing football which failed still to materialise in the opening exchanges. Swans skipper Garry Monk survived a convincing appeal for handball in the penalty area, and no sooner had he got off the hook then Zurab Khizanishvili brought down Nathan Dyer at the other end. It left Sinclair to send Adam Federici the wrong way from the spot and the Georgian centre-back lucky to avoid a second yellow card. And just 60 seconds later, with 22 minutes on the clock, it was 2-0. Khizanishvili was having an afternoon to forget and he was left standing by Dobbie on the right who squared the ball into the danger area and Federici's weak hand failed to stop it travelling to Sinclair who tapped home at the far post. Swansea's lead was further strengthened five minutes before the break as Dyer used his pace down the right and his cross was only half cleared by Khizanishvili to the grateful Dobbie who fired home a third from the edge of the area. Reading's 25-goal top scorer Shane Long then mis-kicked a glorious opportunity wide just before the break. Matters went from bad to worse for the Royals at half-time as first-team coach Nigel Gibbs was sent to the stands and substitute Jay Tabb also dismissed for something said to referee Phil Dowd. But the Berkshire outfit were given a glimmer of hope within four minutes of the restart as Hunt narrowly got in front of Joe Allen at the front post to head home Jobi McAnuff's corner. And the Wembley roof was soon raised yet again as Matthew Mills made it 3-2 in the 57th minute. Swans once more failed to deal with a McAnuff corner from the left and the Reading skipper rose highest to head home from six yards. Rodgers' side were rocking and Jem Karacan saw his low 25-yard effort deflected against the foot of a post. The clash remained firmly balanced as it approached the final quarter, but that all changed 10 minutes from time as Andy Griffin brought down Fabio Borini in the area, leaving Sinclair to beat Federici for the second time from 12 yards. And the strike was the cue for over 40,000 visiting Swansea supporters to party.

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