Ayew scores spectacular strike to give Swansea play-off advantage

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It was a light-hearted comment made in jest, but if history is anything to go by, the 46-year-old will need some form of magic on his side ahead of Brentford's play-off semi-final second leg against Swansea.

West Brom have now secured second spot on the final day of the season following a 2-2 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers at the Hawthorns.

Both West Brom and Brentford lost their nerve with two matches of the campaign remaining, but a return of just a single point from a pair of games proved enough for Slaven Bilic's team.

Ryan Manning's superb low drive gave QPR a shock lead after 34 minutes.

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Grady Diangana equalised just before half-time when he fired in after Callum Robinson set him free.

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has lauded forward Andre Ayew for his strong mentality after shrugging off a missed penalty to snatch the victor against Brentford in the first leg of promotion play-offs at the Liberty Park. Thomas Oduor's injury-time victor for Barnsley secured their Championship status and condemned the hosts to a third-place finish and the dreaded play-offs.

Barnsley's surprise victory lifted them out of the relegation zone in the most dramatic fashion.

Brentford, who have not been in the top flight since 1947, missed out on automatic promotion on Wednesday when they lost at home to Barnsley, meaning West Bromwich Albion finished as runners-up behind Leeds United.

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Wigan's hopes now rest with their appeal against the points deduction which is due to take place on July 31.

No wonder Brentford's Danish manager Thomas Frank said: "Football is 80 per cent suffering and 10 per cent".

Troubled Wigan are relegated following the end-of-season deduction of 12 points for going into administration earlier this month.

Charlton went down after a 4-0 thrashing at Leeds, who were presented with the Championship trophy - their first silverware since 1992.

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A defensive header out came straight to De Ligt and he took one touch before firing powerfully into the bottom left corner. Then with the game heading for a 1-1 draw, the hosts stunned Juventus with a 92nd minute victor scored by Seko Fofana.

Cardiff duly beat Hull City, to send the side down to the third tier for the first time since 2005, Swansea City won 4-1 at Reading and Forest capitulated at home to Stoke City, conceding three late goals to lose 4-1. James Collins registered his 14th of the season to help Luton complete a great escape by prevailing 3-2 over Blackburn.

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