Swansea City were defeated by Brentford 2-0 in the Championship play-off final.
Early goals from Ivan Toney (penalty) and Emiliano put Steve Cooper’s men to the sword, with Jay Fulton seeing red in the second half.
It means another season of Championship football for the Liberty Stadium side. Here are your play-off headlines.
Bony backs Swans to go up next season
Former Swansea striker Wilfried Bony believes the Jacks will be going up to the Premier League next season because they will learn from the heartache and disappointment of Saturday.
Bony, who is still without a club after leaving Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad in November, posted a tribute on Instagram in the aftermath of the defeat at Wembley.
He wrote: “I am with a broken heart, as many of Swansea fans, but I can tell you guys, you have done a lot during this long and difficult season, you have to be proud of yourselves and I believe that u will get the support from all the fans.
“I also believe that you will make it to the Premier League next season, because without failure we can’t improve. Learn from those 2 finals and the next one will be OURS #onceajackalwaysajack#staysafe#onelove.”
Swans thank Jack Army
Swansea released a heartwarming statement thanking their fans for their support this season.
It has been a campaign like no other, with no-one allowed to attend matches for the majority of the campaign, and the club were quick to pay tribute to those who have followed them from afar this term.
“We could not give you the result we all so dearly wanted this afternoon but everyone at Swansea City cannot thank you – the Jack Army – enough for your magnificent support this season,” the statement read.
“In a campaign like no other – played almost entirely behind closed doors – we have always felt and been inspired by your support and backing, even when we have not all been able to be together at the Liberty or on our travels.
“From players to coaching staff, club staff and fans, this has been a season where our unity and togetherness has seen us accomplish some great things.
“We know, despite this disappointment, as a team and as a club we will be back and striving to do our best to bring success to our club, our city and community. Thank you/Diolch.”
Brentford ‘the example’
Bees manager Thomas Frank says their story should be an inspiration for other teams around the world.
The west Londoners are back in the top flight after a 74-year absence and the club are widely regarded as the blueprint to follow for teams lower down the league ladder.
“This must be an example to follow for so many clubs around the world,” Frank said.
“I’m so pleased, humble and proud to be part of this journey. There’s so many fantastic people involved.
“The way the club has been built and just progresses year after year, after year.
“The journey the club’s been on has been absolutely remarkable. We were so close twice last season, through automatic and then the play-offs.
“We were so devastated at losing then we had a 10-day holiday, even less actually, and got back into it with the Covid restrictions.
“Then there was the second, third, fourth wave. It’s been the most condensed season. We’ve had setbacks and then again we were in the play-offs.
“But I thought the players were calm, relaxed and ready to be ruthless today. They had a great attitude and they deserve this.”
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.
Cooper’s compensation report
The future of Cooper will now come into focus after yesterday’s defeat, with Crystal Palace and West Brom heavily linked with the head coach.
He said yesterday that his priority will now be on Swansea’s off-season plans.
“For me, I’ve always worked on the basis that, although setbacks are the hardest thing, they’re the most important things that define you,” he said.
“Don’t worry about me. I just want to make sure we finish today off properly, get back to Swansea and the off-season plans will kick in as normal.”
However, the Sun report that Cooper remains a target for the Selhurst Park club, and that the Eagles would have to cough up £4.5million in compensation to take the 41-year-old and his coaching team to south London.