Andre Ayew’s hopes of playing in the Premier League next season with Swansea City were dashed after they lost to Brentford yesterday in the second leg of the Championship play-off.
Swansea City who went into yesternight’s game with a 1-0 advantage following Andre Ayew strike at the Liberty Stadium last Sunday but failed to capitalize on their lead.
Ayew played 90 minutes yesterday but could not help his side to avoid defeat.
Brentford overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Swansea City 3-2 on aggregate and book their spot in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Goals from Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Marcondes and Bryan Mbuemo gave the Bees a 3-0 advantage just after half-time
Ollie Watkins’ composed finish in the 11th minute levelled the semi-final on aggregate, and a header from Emiliano Marcondes put the Bees ahead in the tie four minutes later.
Bryan Mbeumo volleyed in a cross from Rico Henry in the first minute of the second half to make it 3-0 on the night and give Brentford a two-goal cushion.
Rhian Brewster dragged Swansea back into the contest with 12 minutes remaining, capitalising on a poor clearance from Pontus Jansson and chipping home goalkeeper David Raya, but the visitors were unable to find a second goal which would have forced extra-time.
Speaking after the match Swansea boss Steve Cooper felt his side had paid the price for defensive errors in their “painful” play-off semi-final defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.
“We gave ourselves too much to do, we did not play well enough in the first half and were not aggressive enough in our play, with and without the ball,” said the Swans boss.
“We ended up being too deep, and we left too much space and allowed them opportunities to attack.
“The goals are really disappointing. The first is from our free-kick, and the second and third ones – they are good finishes – but you cannot leave people unmarked in the box like that.