16th of May 2011. Swansea played Nottingham Forest in the Championship Play Off Semi Final at the Liberty. The score was 0-0 from the first leg (Neil Taylor was sent off inside a minute too). We were 90 minutes from Wembley, where we’d face either Reading or Cardiff
I was nervous the whole day, couldn’t concentrate in work, I just wanted to get the game over with.
Forest’s Lewis McGugan hit the bar as Swansea started off a little nervously, but Leon Britton scored from a short corner after 28 minutes. I still don’t know what is stranger. Leon Britton scoring a goal or Swansea scoring from a short corner.
The night got better as 5 minutes later Stephen (not Scott) Dobbie scored to put the Swans further ahead after a good one two from Nathan Dyer and nutmegging a Forest defender. No way back now for Forest surely?
Swansea never do things the easy way, a few misses from Pratley and Borini and Forest piled on the pressure in the 2nd half, a wave of attacks before eventually scoring from ex Cardiff striker Rob Earnshaw (his mother washes elephants apparently) on 80 minutes.
Again Forest attacked, Rodgers took off Sinclair and brought on the (un)reliable Albert Serran to try and hold onto the lead. Forest had a claim for a handball, but got a corner. Goalkeeper Lee Camp came up as it was the last minute. He wouldn’t score, surely?
The ball came in, Dorus ‘now in League One’ de Vries punched clear, Lewis McGugan kicked, but missed the ball, it fell to Darren Pratley who ran and ran to the touchline. ‘SHOOT’ the crowd shouted, he listened. Swans fans held their breath and when the ball hit the net total euphoria followed.
The Swans were on the way to Wem-ber-ley
This moment has to be the best I have ever experienced at the Liberty, if it had a roof it would have been blown off. I think I felt all of the emotions possible all at the same time. Absolutely amazing. And as we know the rest is history.
Re-live the great moment here
Happy Darren Pratley Day everyone