Andre Ayew (Getty Photos)
Andre Ayew fired Swansea to a 1-Zero victory towards 10-man Brentford in Sunday’s Championship play-off semi-final first leg because the Ghana striker recovered from lacking a penalty to seize the late winner.
Ayew noticed his spot-kick saved by Brentford keeper David Raya within the second half on the Liberty Stadium.
However the former Marseille and West Ham star shrugged off that blow to attain with an outstanding strike 9 minutes from full-time.
Brentford had Rico Henry despatched off for a studs-up lunge on Swansea right-back Connor Roberts quickly after Ayew’s penalty miss.
“We’re enjoying two video games for promotion to the Premier League and 170 million,” Brentford boss Thomas Frank stated.
“Folks should be actually positive once they make choices.
“I can not perceive why we won’t have VAR in these video games. It was completely not a crimson card.”
Steve Cooper’s aspect will take their slender result in Griffin Park for the second leg on Wednesday.
“It was an eventful recreation. I am happy, it is a small benefit. However it is just a bonus if we use it properly,” Cooper stated.
“Andre dismissed the frustration of the penalty and did not let that have an effect on him. That is what he does, step up within the large moments.”
Swansea’s south Wales rivals Cardiff host Fulham within the different play-off semi-final first leg on Monday.
Brentford and Swansea have taken contrasting routes to the play-offs.
Heading into Wednesday’s ultimate day of the common season, Brentford had been in with an opportunity of automated promotion to the highest flight for the primary time in 73 years.
However Frank’s group had been overwhelmed by lowly Barnsley, whereas West Brom’s draw with QPR was sufficient to clinch second place above the Bees.
Swansea had been underdogs to make the play-offs with simply minutes left of their final recreation at Studying, however a late objective blitz gave them a Four-1 win.
That outcome mixed with Nottingham Forest’s Four-1 loss towards Stoke was sufficient to carry Swansea into the highest six on objective distinction.
Bidding to return to the Premier League after a two-year absence, Swansea had been on prime for lengthy intervals towards Brentford.
Ayew’s first-half header hit the submit earlier than Raya smothered the rebound from on-loan Liverpool ahead Rhian Brewster.
Brentford’s Mentioned Benrahma squandered his aspect’s greatest likelihood when he blazed over.
Swansea received their penalty within the 63rd minute as Ayew discovered Brewster and he was introduced down by Brentford captain Pontus Jansson.
Ayew tried to idiot Raya with a stutter-step earlier than his penalty, however the keeper caught his hand out to avoid wasting.
Simply moments later, Henry noticed crimson for his foul on Roberts and Ayew made Brentford pay within the 81st minute.
Conor Gallagher dinked a cross to Jay Fulton within the Brentford space and he laid off for Ayew to smash a half-volley into the roof of the online.
The 30-year-old’s 18th objective of the season will show priceless if Swansea can seal their place within the Wembley ultimate.