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On this day: Wembley wonders

Brendan Rodgers’ side had enjoyed a fine season in the Championship, missing out on a place in the top two by just four points as they finished third.

That left them in the play-offs alongside Reading, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest.

The Swans saw off Forest in thrilling fashion in their two-legged semi-final, while Reading – the club who had sacked Rodgers before his move to the Liberty – beat Cardiff.

In the Wembley play-off final, the Swans went in front thanks to Scott Sinclair’s 21st-minute penalty after Nathan Dyer had been tripped.

It was 2-0 just a minute later, with Sinclair netting at the far post after Adam Federici parried Stephen Dobbie’s cross.

The Swans were in dreamland when Dobbie’s fine finish made it 3-0 at the break, but the contest was not over.

Joe Allen headed into his own net early in the second period to give Reading hope, then Matt Mills’s powerful header made it 3-2 on 57 minutes.

The Swans were wobbling, and it needed a brilliant Garry Monk block to deny Noel Hunt an equaliser.

With 10 minutes remaining, Andy Griffin fouled Fabio Borini in the box and Sinclair completed his hat-trick from the spot to secure the Swans’ place in the Premier League.

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