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Brentford beat Swansea to seal Premier League spot

Brentford reached the Premier League for the first time by beating Swansea City 2-0 in the Championship play-off final Saturday.

Ivan Toney’s penalty put Thomas Frank’s team on course for the top flight before Emiliano Marcondes’ crisp finish sealed the deal.

Brentford will play at the highest level for the first time since 1946-47 having eased past 10-man Swansea.

“Of course I was very emotional,” said Bees head coach Frank after the final whistle.

“There were tears in my eyes and [also] a lot of the players and the staff because it’s so big, especially the way we did it.

“If you get promotion it’s an unbelievable achievement, but we were so close last year twice – we were so close to automatic promotion and then the play-off final.

“Then we had 10 days’ holiday, less than that actually, back into it and Covid strikes. We go 21 games unbeaten and are top of the league, then a minor setback and we go into the final against a good Swansea side and we know anything can happen. It’s unbelievable.”

Brentford were beaten in last season’s second-tier play-off final by Fulham, who ran out 2-1 winners after extra time.

But the pain of their last visit to Wembley turned to joy as they finally tasted play-off success at the 10th time of asking, which ensures they will become the 50th club to play in the Premier League.

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