Wembley 'like a home game'

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that playing at Wembley will be like playing at home for them, after making their way to the Championship play-off final.

The Swans beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night, thanks to a brilliant display of attacking football and some spectacular last ditch defending. Despite going 2-0 down fairly early on Forest came back fighting, pulling a goal back to make it 2-1 and going all out to take the game into extra time. Meanwhile they hit the woodwork three times, only for the Swans to grab the third at the end of the game with the Forest goalkeeper trying to head the equaliser. It was breathless stuff.

'I think Wembley will be like a home game for us because of the size of the field and the whole occasion,' he said. 'And we have players that rise to the big occasion. It will be brilliant.

'We must celebrate as it has been a mammoth night in the club's history to get to a play-off final. We have beaten the big teams all season at home but many people would have only seen us a few times on the television as no-one really talks about us.

'We are tucked away in a nice little beautiful corner of south Wales and every now and then people turn up and think 'oh they're actually not bad this lot.'

'I think the Forest game was like a final in relation to the quality of the game although I think the night belongs to my players and supporters as they were heroic. Some of our passing and movement was brilliant while we had to defend very well in the second-half against a very good side.

'We are not the most physically blessed team in the world but we show unbelievable courage to pass the ball in pressure situations. But what has been important this year is our defence and that spirit and unity we show is what gets teams places'

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