One half of this arena was a picture of frustration, the other pure disbelief: for the first time since 1947, Brentford will play at the top of English football. There were tears of joy in the stands and on the court, Mathias Jensen was among those who got the emotion. Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo rushed in to get their phones to share the moment, and Swansea was already empty when Henrik Dalsgaard led his teammates to collect the winners' medals.
Half an hour after the final whistle, Emiliano Marcondes and Jensen pretended to lift a giant 12 Before drowning in the sun, a copy of the Championship play-off final cup red and white sea. Dalsgaard and Brentford captain Pontus Jansson ambushed Thomas Frank in the middle of the interview before giving his head coach his usual congratulatory blows. “I just want to get very drunk right now and we can think of the Premier League tomorrow,” Frank said when the interview started again a few minutes later. Brentford's owner and lifelong fan Matthew Benham is a fives-point player on the pitch. As the pyrotechnics burst into the sky behind the winners' rostrum, Mr. Brentford, the club's game day announcer since then, made sure to wet Peter Gilham in 1969.
After suffering a flurry of heartbreaking failures on the big stage – they finally conquered the playoffs. time to ask – this time Brentford made the promotion look like a breeze. Thanks to a nervous Toney penalty and a cool Marcondes strike, they were promoted to an early two-goal lead, and Swansea, impressed by the incident, made no response. When Jay Fulton was sent off in the middle of the second half, the Brentford fans decided to get the party started. No voodoo or hoodie can stop them now.
Swansea never stopped as captain Matt Grimes' crude challenge to Sergi Canós was an early indicator of anxiety consuming Steve Cooper's side. Four minutes later, Freddie Woodman panicked as the electric Mbeumo, one of the six players to both begin this match and start last season's extra time defeat against Fulham, and began to move forward, who bypassed Ben Cabango. Canós sliced through the Swansea defense with a mocking backstage and stepped on a typically still Toney to send the point kick, his 33rd goal of the season.
Swansea shook. Woodman threw a pass and Cooper was cursing as Brentford moved towards the counterattack. As soon as Mbeumo received a Brentford clearance within a few yards of his own half, Cooper returned to the distant bunker, his pain scratched in his face, presumably foreseeing the result of his two-v-two scenario that was about to end. Brentford moved forward and Mbeumo forced Swansea defender Kyle Naughton to back up before waiting for the overlapping Mads Roerslev, who appeared to his left. Roerslev chose the arrival of Marcondes, completing a slippery break at the back post. Brentford assistant coach Brian Riemer almost lost his step during the celebrations and jumped from the billboards to Frank.
Brentford had made this field their own playground, and Toney arrived within centimeters, adding a spectacular third one minute later. He controlled a ball bouncing in his chest before beating Woodman but letting him tear it off with a right foot kick that shook the crossbar. Toney gnawed Swansea's youthful center-back partnership, and Mbeumo proved to be a constant threat. Naughton was lucky to escape the foul after losing a half-way battle, and Mbeumo rose towards goal after capturing an aimless Marc Guehi header, but was unable to generate any power in his shot after moving away from his pointer.
Brentford felt they needed another penalty before the break, when Vitaly Janelt's powerful shot slapped Jake Bidwell's left hand, but referee Chris Kavanagh punished Toney for the accumulated foul. Toney could definitely add a third block, but for Bidwell's smart block late.
Swansea's supporters enthusiastically played the Welsh national anthem before the kick-off, but their team fell painfully. Before the first half they got up, André Ayew nodded on the roof of the net, and two minutes later Ayew approached again, accidentally waving from Connor Roberts' bright cross by Jansson.
The minute to play with is game over. It looked like Fulton had slipped and unwittingly attacked Jensen. The referee immediately reached into his back pocket. Fulton pulled his shirt over his face as he descended the tunnel and a Swansea supporter in the stands put both hands on his head. Brentford, on the other hand, enjoyed the disaster.