These are your headlines from the Championship play-offs.
Jansson: We are a machine
Brentford centre-back Pontus Jansson has warned Swansea City that the Bees are in a better position now than a year ago when the lost the play-off final to Fulham.
The west Londoners defeated Swansea in the semi-finals last year but the two sides meet at Wembley this term.
Jansson believes they are far better placed now for the experience of another season under their belts – and labelled them “a machine”.
“Last year we were a very inexperienced team,” he said. “Only one or two people had been in that position before but now we have more leaders.
“We are more mature, we’re more ready for it.
“Christian [Norgaard], one of our best players, got injured in the warm-up [against Bournemouth] . We didn’t even care – we threw in someone else and we went again.
“Christian said to me only yesterday that we went unbeaten for 21 games earlier in the season without him.
“We are just a machine and keep going whatever happens.”
Final win would be ‘greatest achievement in the club’s history’ – Curt
Swansea legend Alan Curtis believes a win over the Bees and a return to the Premier League would be the “greatest achievement in the club’s history”.
Curt, famously the only man at Swansea who knows where the kettle is, has praised the work of Steve Cooper and his players after a season of turmoil amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Swansea have had to deal with a lot of upheaval full stop in recent years, with players sold for big money, and Curt believes this would rank as the club’s finest hour.
“It’s been a terrific season. We’ve managed to get to the play-off final on a tight budget compared to some of the other clubs,” he said.
“There have been a lot of loan signings and free transfers, but Steve, the staff and all his players have done exceptionally well.
“Over the course of a season, you’ve got to be consistent and show willingness to fight and scrap. There will be games when you play really well and everything seems to come off, but sometimes you’ve got to dig in and grind out results when you don’t play particularly well.
“We’ve done that this year and always seemed to come out on the right side of the fence. It’s been a real team effort by everybody.
“The disappointment of last year’s play-offs gives us added incentive for that not to happen again, but we’ve got a huge game to come.
“It will probably be more free-flowing than the Barnsley games, but that will suit us as there will be more time to play and hopefully, we come out on the right side.
“It’s great to get back to Wembley but once you do, you’ve got to go and win. When we went down, there was a question of whether we would ever get back to the Premier League and how long it would take us.
“It would be so good to come out of a pandemic and get back into the Premier League. It would be a massive boost; not only for the club, but the city as a whole.
“The last time we reached the play-off final 10 years ago, we were an exceptional team and it was one that had been together for quite a few seasons. It was a fantastic season culminating in beating Reading.
“This season has been a completely different set of circumstances. We’ve lost so many players over the past two or three years.
“If we can get promotion, I think it would be the greatest achievement in the club’s history.”
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Mepham ‘absolutely devastated’ over red card
Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate says Wales defender Chris Mepham was “absolutely devastated” following his red card against the Bees on Saturday.
The centre-back was given his marching orders after hauling down Bryan Mbeumo after 28 minutes in almost comical fashion.
Woodgate says it is time for the Cherries faithful and players to get behind the Welshman.
“Obviously Meps is absolutely devastated in the changing room after the game and we’ve got to get behind him,” said Woodgate.
“We all make mistakes. We’re only human beings at the end of the day.
“So it’s important that Meps learns from that and he’s got to get on with that.
“Okay you can make that error, but then don’t bring him (Mbeumo) down. Let him go through. Because then it’s two mistakes.
“He brings him down and then it’s a red. Let Asmir try and save it.”
He added: “Listen, it’s been difficult for him. I’m not going to come in and say anything nastily about him.
“We’re all human and we make mistakes.
“I’ve made plenty before in my career when I was a player and it happens. It’s a tough time for him, it really is.”