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Ex-Swansea City stars spotted in the crowd, classy gestures to fans and the man who walked out alone – the unseen moments from Brentford play-off final

Swansea City will spend another year in the Championship after they suffered play-off final heartache against Brentford.

Goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes ensured Thomas Frank’s men won 2-0 at Wembley.

Here are some of the moments you have have missed from the game in the English capital.

The classy post-match gesture

Around an hour after the game had finished, the Brentford celebrations continued as the Swans were prepared to head home after seeking refuge in their dressing room.

However, before boarding the team bus to travel back to south Wales, the Swansea squad spent time outside Wembley to mingle with fans.

Players posed for photographs with supporters while also having a brief chat with some of their loved ones after what was ultimately a hugely disappointing afternoon for Steve Cooper’s side.

Decked out in their purple with light blue trim club tracksuits, the squad were unmissable as the sun shone down on them on the perimeter of Wembley Stadium.

But it was a classy touch from the players who on the inside will have been heartbroken, although they showed great humility and willing to offer their thanks to the Jack Army after what has been a gruelling campaign.

Swans of the past attend

The 5,000 members of the Jack Army that got themselves golden tickets certainly made themselves heard.

The pre-game atmosphere was electric as the Swansea faithful played their part. Understandably, the mood was significantly dampened after just 20 minutes as the Bees raced into a two-goal lead.

But with many accepting their fate – particularly following Jay Fulton’s dismissal – several chants were belted out as fans made the most of what turned out to be a painful Wembley experience.

It was telling that several former Swans were in attendance. Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie showed his support for his old club and even had his name belted out in the opening stages of the game.

Morgan Gibbs-White was also in attendance while Rhian Brewster is said to have been at Wembley too.

In his role as club ambassador and as a pundit for Sky Sports, Swans legend Lee Trundle received a round of applause from fans on numerous occasions.

The ‘Once a Jack, always a Jack’ motto has never been more true.

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Cooper’s Fulton embrace

Swansea’s already difficult task of coming from two goals behind was made all the more difficult when Fulton was sent off.

The Scot was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Kavanagh following a challenge on Mathias Jensen midway through the second half.

An initial glance at a replay would leave most in no doubt that the central midfielder deserved to be given his marching orders.

However, on closer inspection, it’s clear that Fulton slipped after catching Jensen’s heel which no doubt made the incident look far worse.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t negate the fact that it was still a poor challenge, but the Swans were left visibly frustrated.

After viewing replays of the incident on his own personal monitor, Cooper remonstrated with fourth official David Coote on the touchline as Fulton slowly made his way off the pitch with a look of disbelief on his face.

And the Swansea head coach embraced Fulton before the 27-year-old headed down the tunnel in what was a clear show of sympathy from the boss to his player.

The training system

With Wayne Routledge injured, there was a real debate over who should replace the experienced attacker.

Connor Roberts got the nod and looked set to play on the right-hand side of a front three – with Andre Ayew shifting to the number nine role.

As is routine these days, Swansea spent around five minutes of their pre-match warm-up going through attacking moves in the formation that they will use during the forthcoming game.

As expected, Roberts was operating high up the pitch in an attacking role as he, Ayew and Jamal Lowe all finished off some warm-up drills.

But as the players took to their shape before kick-off, it quickly became evident that Swansea were starting with a back three which saw Roberts and Jake Bidwell play as wing-backs.

It was a bold call that backfired horribly as the Swans failed to get going early on which played a part in allowing the Bees to race into a 2-0 lead.

Swansea improved after switching back to the 4-3-3 shape they have used for the best part of two months – although they had left themselves with too much to do.

Swansea City have missed out on a place in the Premier League after defeat to Brentford. But we’ll still have all the reaction from Wembley for you.

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Touching tributes

Swansea fan Mitchell Powell tragically lost his life earlier this year during double heart valve replacement surgery.

The youngster was an avid supporter of the Swans but sadly passed away in February.

The Jack Army applauded in the 24th minute of the final in an emotional tribute to Mitchell Powell.

As for those on the pitch, Routledge was understandably dejected after missing out on the chance to feature in the final having suffered a knee injury against Barnsley in the semi-finals.

But the 36-year-old was the first man to embrace each of the crestfallen Swansea players on the pitch after the defeat.

His lengthy hug with Ayew was telling, and it came shortly after the Ghanaian applauded the Swansea fans in what looked to be a farewell from the forward who – like Routledge – is out of contract this summer.

The usual chants were aimed at both players which summed up the remarkable contributions both have made at the club.

Cameras circle Swans star

Around 30 minutes before the team news was announced, Swansea players took a stroll on the hallowed Wembley turf in a bid to familiarise themselves with their surroundings.

Some took out their mobile phones to capture images and videos of the occasion while others simply soaked in the atmosphere.

After heading back down the tunnel, one figure emerged to sample the pitch on his own.

Marc Guehi strolled on to the field and immediately attracted the attention of the Sky Sports cameras who stalked the defender and circled around him on at least three occasions in the space of 30 seconds.

The Chelsea loanee had a real tough battle with Toney throughout the game, but Guehi will return to his parent club having had what can only be described as a tremendous campaign on a personal level with Swansea.

His stock has drastically risen since joining the Swans and he’ll be a prominent figure in the Premier League for years to come – either with Chelsea or elsewhere.

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