Black Stars Captain Andre Dede Ayew, led his Swansea city team to record an impressive 4-1 away win over Reading this evening to snatch the last playoff slot from the grips of Nottingham Forest in the last day of the championship season.
Ahead of today’s game, Swansea was on 9th position with 67 points and plus 6 goals whilst Forest was 5th with 70 points and plus of 11 goals and Cardiff was occupying 6th with 70 points and plus of 7 goals.
All what Cardiff and Forest needed was just a point each to secure their place in the playoffs, however Forest shockingly lost 3-1 at home to 17th placed stoke city, whereas Cardiff won 3-0 at home against relegated Hull city.
Swansea did not only needed to win but to win by by a huge goal margin to stand a chance of qualifying, and courageously The swans went to Madejski Stadium to do the impossible and capitalize on the blushes of Forest.
The visitors made their intentions known from the blast of the whistle and got an early lead through Liverpool’s youngster, Rhian Brewster in the 17 minute after the England international hit the ball with his right foot from outside the penalty area into the top right corner, goal was assisted by Matt Grimes.
Yakuo Meite got his matching orders as the host were reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute for violent conduct.
Three minutes after the red card incident, the home side got themselves a penalty as Andy Rinomjota drew a foul in the swans 18 yard box, the referee pointed to the spot, the penalty was conceded by Jake Bidwell.
George Pukas converted the penalty with his right foot into the bottom left corner to pull parity.
Wayne Routledge restored his team’s lead in the 66th minute, goal assisted by Grimes.
Dede got his assist after he picked out his teammate Liam Cullen in the 84th minute as the youngster made no mistake to bury the ball past the helpless goal keeper to put the score at 3-1.
Routledge got his second and all important goal in the 91st minute to put the score at 4-1.
The game ended 4-1, with Steve Cooper and his men knowing Stoke has done them a huge favor by beating Forest 4-1, which meant that Swansea will leapfrog Forest with a goal difference of one.
Swansea will play host to Brentford in the first game of the playoffs this Sunday.