Swansea Reach Premier League With 4-2 Win Over Reading


The was joy and jubilation this afternoon among the Welsh fans, when Swansea beat Reading 4-2 in the Championship Playoff final at Wembley, to become the first ever Welsh side to make it to the Premier League.

Scott Sinclair scores Swansea’s second goal

And it looked like the game was all over at half time, after Swansea had taken a stunning 3-0 half time lead.

Swansea got their first goal through a penalty when former Newcastle defender Zurab Khizanishvili made a stupid challenge on Italian Fabio Borini, and it was a stone cold penalty.

The only mystery was why the Georgian international didn’t receive a second yellow card for the clumsy tackle, and he would have been sent off – since he had already picked up a yellow card earlier – but the reason was he had already received one   yellow card – obviously. 😀

Scott Sinclair, the former Chelsea youngster, made no mistake from the spot, as he put home the penalty with cool precision.

Referee Phil Dowd had hastily given out three yellow cards in the first 11 minutes, and why referees do that when they know the players are full of adrenalin initially – I don’t know.

Surely they should be lenient in the first 20 minutes or so, to let the players settle down a bit.

And then just over a minute after the penalty, Scott Sinclair had a brace, as he put the ball home when goalkeeper Adam Federici, could only parry a cross, and the 22 year-old made no mistake and Swansea had scored two goals in 75 seconds to 2-0 up.

And the stunned Reading side tried to come back but then on 40 minutes, Stephen Dobbie had an opportunity as the ball came out to him just inside the penalty box,  and he hit the ball home first time into the net – it was a terrific goal from the Swansea player.

And it was 3-0 at half time and of course the TV commentator was saying the game was over and all the usual nonsense.

And we suppose Reading didn’t agree with that assessment, as the Reading boys came storming back after the break.

On 49 minutes Noel Hunt, whose brother plays for Wolves, had his shot deflected into the net by Joe Allan, and Reading were back in it at 3-1 – and Joe Allen was given the own goal.

And then after 57 minutes Reading got the all important second goal, when Mathew Mills jumped higher than anybody to a left wing corner, and headed home beautifully and it was game on at 3-2.

Swansea looked completely shaken out of their game,  and their usual dominant defense didn’t look at all steady, and then Dobbie had a chance to get a fourth for the Welsh side, as he was clean through but somehow shot two yards wide when presented with an open goal from 14 yards out.

It was touch and go after Reading’s second goal, but then Reading gave away another daft penalty after 80 minutes, and it was a bad mistake from former Newcastle right back Andy Griffin as he brought down Italian striker Borini.

That gave Swansea a lifeline, and Scott Sinclair made no mistake from the spot, and got his hat-trick and will be the match hero in the valleys tonight – there’s no doubt about that.

Scott Sinclair scores from penalty after 80 minutes – the clincher

Swansea City held on for the remaining 10 minutes to record one of their most important victories for years and years, and they return to England’s top division after being absent since way back in 1983.

And for a club who almost went out of the Football league a short 8 years ago – this was a tremendous achievement  by the Welsh club.

The match attendance was an impressive 87,000 with an estimated 40,000 Swansea fans present , and there will be some celebrating tonight for sure.

That means that QPR, Norwich and Swansea are the three promoted sides and they replace West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham.

So there’s 18 points for Newcastle next seaosn – surely. 😀

And one more thing – that means Newcastle can now go in and bring Shane Long to Tyneside – it’s at least a possibility.

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520 comments so far

  • bandwarmy

    May 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Well in swansea! We will cya in the prem! Cheers in advance for the six points!

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  • geordiejohn42

    May 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #2

    1st!!

    Swansea were awesome 2day they deserve their place in the EPL I wouldn’t mind signing Scott Sinclair for us problem is where would he fit in as we’ve got ‘Super Shane’ playing on that left sided position… just wish we play like Swansea did 2day but will Pardwho play it that way .. only time will tell

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    May 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    3rd

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    May 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #4

    4th!

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    May 30, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #5

    5th………………..SAD

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  • Mark Liddell

    May 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Get Shane long on the cheap then maybe? 😉

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Is this the nufc blog???? Lads look at this website called Newcastle Rumours its hilarious!!!!!someone saw Cameron jerome at Benton!!!! And loads more!!!!!

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #8
  • free giveaways

    May 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    We might go for Shane Long now. I think he’s a decent player but would obviously prefer Gameiro, Sturridge and Defoe.

    http://www.free-giveaways.co.uk

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 30, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Please not Shane Long, I know it’s only 1 game, but his performance today was hardly Championship Standard…

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  • JAMSHA

    May 30, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Congratz swansea

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  • CheickTiote

    May 30, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #12

    12th

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  • geordiejohn42

    May 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Rich toon Bristol

    Its only fun when we put 1st on here lol anyways
    Shane Long… apparantly he’s been linked with Celtic and If im being honest I’d rather sign Gervinho and the lad Gameiro (unless he prefers to go to Spain(Valencia))

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  • WWJBD

    May 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    BVB
    Got to disagree on Long there. He got very little of the ball in the danger zone and was a lone striker up front because Hunt had to drop deep a lot. Everytime he had the ball he looked very decent imo and he never gave up

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  • JAMSHA

    May 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #15

    13th, datZ ma anvasiry date

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  • kevymartins

    May 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    STEVE newcstle dodgey rumors lol class

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  • JAMSHA

    May 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Lol too late to b 13th 🙁

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  • joppadoni

    May 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    i for one am gutted about this…
    a/ i work in reading so would have loved to gone to some games
    b/ its bloody swansea!

    gratz though!

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  • JAMSHA

    May 30, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Sum news 4m Fur10ng As mentioned earlier, looks like Gamiero will pass us by, Gervinho however all set for sensational NUFC move after his advisors reject EFC

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  • Andy

    May 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Long was poor today but the last time i watched him he was readings best player. All players have bad days and 25 goals is a good record. Would rather other options but if we ended up with him i won’t be too unhappy

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  • JackButler

    May 30, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #21

    would take long in place of strolla, couldn’t be any worse

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  • sticklebricks

    May 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Would have prefered to see Reading promoted if I am honest. EPL being the English premier league and all that..

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  • CheickTiote

    May 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #23

    23rd

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  • stephen1971

    May 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    ffs we want to move forward not taking on championship players with no pl experience , a trip to wales for the boys then (hold them 2 rabbits while i count them)

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  • oi wer is every1

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  • WWJBD

    May 30, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #26

    sticklebricks I hope thats a joke

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  • JackButler

    May 30, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Swansea will be a great addition to the prem

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  • Oleg G

    May 30, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Please go to Gervinho facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Gervinho

    And tell him happy birthday and some nice words from us. Give the lad some good vibe. He is young, and needs the feedback. I am sure he will like to see so many fans of a team asking for him to come.

    Already around 20 people commented on his page, keep it coming and put some LIKES there on the comments as well. NUFC fans are taking over Gervinho’s facebook page 🙂

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  • Andy

    May 30, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Swansea play some great football. The man who got them there was English the fact the club is from Wales doesn’t matter one bit to me!

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  • ToonAndy

    May 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Not many people have mentioned interest in signing demba ba on a free… I think he would be a quality signing…

    In:

    N’Zogbia – 8.5
    Gervinho – 10
    Cabaye – 4.3
    Sturridge – 10
    Menez – 9
    Gameiro – season loan with option to buy
    Demba Ba – free
    Graham Carr special X 2 – 8 mill

    That would be the best transfer window possible lol

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  • Oleg G

    May 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #32

    And here is the page of Gameiro.

    http://www.facebook.com/kevin9gameiro

    Although I do not think he is coming. A player who already said he wants to go somewhere. I would prefer Gervinho, Strikers are easier to find I think, also, Gervinho has Tiote.

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #33

    sticklebrick

    I thought it was the BPL barclays premier league.

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  • ginkoh

    May 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Swansea deserved to play in PRM next season. Hopefully they can make impact and continue to play good football too.

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  • Oleg G

    May 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #35

    ToonAndy

    Good list but I think Gervinho for 11-12

    Sturridge at least 13M. Prem exp. and great record this year, there is a buzz around him.

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  • G

    May 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Congrats to Swansea, however, for them I think they can look forward to an almost certain relegation next season. Looking at their squad I would be amazed if they can survive against even the most pedestrian of sides. I did say the same thing about Stoke City some time ago, and yet they are still up here.

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  • JackButler

    May 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #37

    What about Bassong, seems he wants away from spurs, would allow Saylor to move to right back?????????

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  • stephen1971

    May 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    ba would be a good signing i also think hargreaves on a free would be a good one to back up tiote (pay as you play contract) like that wee shite a manure

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  • CheickTiote

    May 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    How do we know that that Facebook page is legit?

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  • WWJBD

    May 30, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #40

    G
    I agree with you they will be next seasons Blackpool imo

    Ba wouldnt be a good signing if his knee explodes (which is a large possibility) and he never plays again

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