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21:20 15th May 2011

Final: Swans 3 (Britton, Dobbie, Pratley

Swansea City are on their way to Wembley after a thrilling victory over Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium. Goals from Leon Britton, Stephen Dobbie and Darren Pratley saw the Swans take the honours in a superb play-off semi-final that went right down to the wire after Robert Earnshaw pulled one back with 10 minutes to go. The Swans made one change to the side that battled out a superb goalless draw in the first-leg at the City Ground on Thursday. Neil Taylor, who got sent off after just a minute in the first game, failed in his appeal to the FAW this morning. It meant Alan Tate remained at left-back with Garry Monks and Ashley Williams in the heart of the defence. The major boost came with the news that Fabio Borini was passed fit after limping off in the first game with a hamstring problem. Forest made four changes with Paul McKena, Paul Anderson, Kris Boyd and Robert Earnshaw all moving to the bench.

Into the starting line-up came Guy Moussi and David McGoldrick, who will play behind Marcus Tudgay and Nathan Tyson Swansea City: Dorus de Vries, Angel Rangel, Alan Tate, Ashley Williams, Garry Monk ©, Joe Allen, Leon Britton, Stephen Dobbie, Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer, Fabio Borini. Subs: Yves Ma-Kalambay, Albert Serran, Andrea Orlandi, Mark Gower, Luke Moore, Darren Pratley, Craig Beattie Nottm Forest: Lee Camp ©, Luke Chambers, Wes Morgan, Lewis McGugab, Nathan Tyson, Chris Cohen, Chris Gunter, David McGoldrick, Guy Moussi, Marcus Tudgay, Brendan Maloney. Subs: Paul Anderson, Robert Earnshaw, Paul McKenna, Paul Smith, Kris Boyd, Radoslaw Majewski, Joel Lynch. Ref: A M Marriner Att: 19,816 (record attendance at the Liberty) There was an electric atmosphere at a sold-out Liberty Stadium as the game got off to a flyer. Swansea created the first chance in the third minute when Stephen Dobbie found Fabio Borini, but his shot was blocked just inside the area. The best chance fell to the visitors two minutes later though when Nathan Tyson broke like lightening on the counter from a Swansea corner. The striker raced to the edge of the Swansea area before playing in David McGoldrick who fired his shot against Dorus de Vries' bar and over. At the other end, Nathan Dyer showed his pace again by breaking deep into Forest territory before finding Scott Sinclair in support. The winger beat his man, but his shot flew across the face of goal with 13 minutes gone. The game was wide open at that stage as de Vries was well placed to save a header from McGoldrick. Not to be outdone, Borin slipped Angel Rangel in overlapping down the right. But with just Lee Camp to beat, his shot screwed wide of the far post in the 16th minute. Three minutes later and Swansea should have been ahead when Leon Britton played Borini in with a great pass in side the area. The Italian made room for himself with a great turn, but his shot was deflected onto the crossbar. It was still on a knife edge when Chris Gunter became the first player in the referee's notebook for a foul on Britton in the 26th minute. And it was Britton who gave Swansea the lead in the 29th minute. Dobbie and Sinclair worked a short corner and when the ball found Leon Britton on the edge of the area, the midfielder curled a superb effort into the far corner as Camp could only stand and watch. It was Britton second goal in consecutive home games. Four minutes later and Swansea were 2-0 up when Stephen Dobbie worked a neat one-two with Dyer. Dobbie weaved his way beyond Guy Moussi, slipped the ball through Luke Chambers legs and applied a superb finish for his 10th of the season. Swansea were passing the ball around superbly as the half came to a close as Sinclair combined with Dobbie to set up Borini drove passed Gunter with ease, but his shot was well saved by Camp at the expense of a corner. Half-time: Swans 2 Forest 0 Neither side made any changes at the start of the second-half as the visitors looked to get themselves back into the game. And they had a great chance in the 50th minute when Swansea lost possession and Tyson pulled a great ball back for Marcus Tudgay who blazed over from a great position 12 yards out. Forest were having a good go now as Tyson won a free-kick on the edge of the area off Garry Monk. Lewis McGugan stepped up to take it and fired a powerful effort against de Vries' bar with 59 minutes gone. Swansea made an immediate change to freshen up the legs in midfield as Darren Pratley replaced Dobbie who received a standing ovation for an outstanding display. It nearly had the desired effect as Sinclair picked out the unmarked Pratley with a perfect cross. But the midfielder headed wide from six yards with 62 minutes gone. Pratley was in the thick of the action as he slipped Borini through. But the striker had a bad first touch and Forest scrambled his shot away for a corner. Forest had made a double substitution by then as Radoslaw Majewski and Kris Boyd had replaced Tyson and Tudgay. And it was the visitors who were enjoying the bulk of possession as the Swans looked to catch them on the counter-attack by exploiting the gaps at the back. Sinclair was finding more space now as he forced a save out of Camp with 16 minutes of a tense encounter remaining. Borini thought he was through in the 76th minute when he latched on to a huge kick from de Vries. But just as he prepared to pull the trigger, Wes Morgan made a superb saving tackle. Boring guided another effort wide from a Pratley pass before Robert Earnshaw came on for McGoldrick. And Earnshaw made an immediate impact as Rangel gave the ball away cheaply in the 80th minute. Substitute Majewski spilt the Swansea defence with a great through ball and Earnshaw fired beyond de Vries. Swansea's nerves were jangling with seven minutes to go as Joe Allen was replaced by Luke Moore. Two minutes from time and Sinclair came off for Albert Serran. Earnshaw hit the post in the final minute before Pratley made the game safe in injury time with a long range effort after Camp had raced forward for a corner.
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