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Swansea   0 - 0   Doncaster

David Cotterill shows his disappointment
David Cotterill shows his disappointment after Swansea's play-off failure

By David Dulin
BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea suffered play-off heartbreak in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season as they were held by Doncaster Rovers.

The Swans needed to win and hope sixth-placed Blackpool failed to beat Bristol City to earn a top-six spot and an end-of-season shot at the Premier League.

Blackpool were held and Swans thought they had clinched a play-off spot when Lee Trundle scored in stoppage time.

But it was ruled out for handball while Craig Beattie was denied a penalty.

The Swans dominated the clash at the Liberty Stadium as both Shefki Kuqi and Darren Pratley squandered glorious but it was Beattie's penalty shout moments before Trundle's late effort that was the main talking point.

Striker Beattie was bundled over in the box by Rovers defender Sam Hird as the pair raced for the ball, but referee Grant Hegley controversially waved away the protests.

It left the Swans ruing missed chances but the disappointing result and performance on the final day of the season summed up their campaign in which they dominated side but could not put the ball in the back of the net - scoring just 40 goals all season.

Garry Monk
Swansea skipper Garry Monk holds back the tears after being held by Doncaster

Swansea had occupied a play-off place from December until last weekend's penultimate game of the season where they lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.

But a run of just three wins in their final 13 games saw them fall at the final hurdle.

In contrast, nearest rivals Blackpool had hit form at the right time winning six of their last seven to leapfrog the Swans and sat a point ahead in the final play-off spot heading into the final game, where they have remained.

It could have been a different story had the Swans seen off mid-table Doncaster who offered little as an attacking threat and James Coppinger had their only shot on target, which was saved by Swans stopper Dorus de Vries.

The home side made a lively start buoyed by their home fans and should have been ahead on eight minutes when Kuqi beat the offside trap but fired high and wide.

Kuqi then had another chance as David Cotterill made a break down the left and delivered into box for the on-rushing Finn but he could not make proper contact.

Kuqi almost created his own chance soon after charging down a Smith clearance only for Rovers to claw enough men back to recover.

Midway through the first half, Angel Rangel found Kuqi who laid off to Pratley in the box but he was unable to get his body behind the ball to fire goal-bound.

Doncaster keeper Ben Smith then had to make his first proper save from Mark Gower's wonderful ball in and James O'Connor cleared at the feet of Dyer.

And seven minutes before the break, Pratley saw an effort deflected away for a corner before blasting a great chance over from close range.

Pratley was again on hand a minute after the restart curling wide first time after Dyer had skipped through two players.

Then Cotterill found the side-netting from the edge of the box, before Coppinger shot straight at de Vries at the other end from 30 yards.

Record-signing Beattie was thrown on for the tired-looking Kuqi and the former West Brom striker took too long with his first chance after being set free by Pratley.

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Sousa's last throw of the dice was to go all out attack with the addition of fans' favourite Trundle with 10 minutes to go, but it was Cotterill who opened up space to fire just wide.

As the Swans pushed for the much-needed goal, they were almost buried by Rovers substitute Paul Heffernan with a minute to go.

The visitors made a great break and Heffernan just had to put the ball away but instead he fired well over from 12 yards.

Then came Swansea's late show as Beattie was bundled over in the box by Hird without reward.

And in the last move of the game, Trundle - on loan from Bristol City - put the ball in the net from six yards as Swans fans thought their hero had grabbed the winner.

But his joy was ruled out by the eagle-eyed officials and Trundle was denied arguably the most important of all of his 92 goals for his beloved club.

Unfortunately for him and Swansea, it was play-off heartbreak by just one solitary Championship point.


Swans boss Paulo Sousa fumes at 60m calls

Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa:

"Everyone is unhappy in the dressing room as we have not done what we wanted to do.

"We deserved to win the game, which has reflected our season, and we made enough chances to win but failed to score and once again referee's decisions have cost us dearly.

"I do not want to talk about the handball decision but we had no luck at all today.

"It was a pleasure working with these players who have given everything to the club and they deserve much more.

"I am happy because at the start of the season I said I wanted the club to finish in the top half of the division and we have achieved that."

Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll:

"The referee's decision was correct as we all saw Lee Trundle handle the ball before putting it in the net.

"But a few minutes earlier they could have been awarded a penalty when Sam Hird collided with Craig Beattie inside the area as I have seen them awarded before.

"There was no good us coming here to the Liberty Stadium and going through the motions as we wanted to put on a good show.

"You don't get near the play-offs unless you are a good side and Swansea play football the right way."

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 0-0 Doncaster FT
(HT 0-0)

      Swansea

      • 01 De Vries
      • 02 Williams
      • 16 Monk
      • 22 Rangel
      • 43 Edgar
      • 07 Britton (Trundle 79)
      • 08 Pratley
      • 12 Dyer
      • 27 Gower (Pintado 58)
      • 49 Cotterill
      • 42 Kuqi (Beattie 69)

      Substitutes

      • 17 Cornell,
      • 26 Serran,
      • 10 Orlandi,
      • 11 Van der Gun,
      • 09 Beattie,
      • 18 Pintado,
      • 19 Trundle

      Doncaster

      • 13 Smith
      • 02 O'Connor
      • 03 Roberts
      • 21 Hird
      • 30 Martis (Lockwood 76)
      • 04 Mutch yellow card
      • 15 Wilson
      • 22 Shiels yellow card (Dumbuya 89)
      • 26 Coppinger
      • 12 Hayter
      • 31 Emmanuel-Thomas (Heffernan 76)

      Substitutes

      • 33 Woods,
      • 11 Lockwood,
      • 18 McDaid,
      • 24 Dumbuya,
      • 34 Clarke,
      • 14 Heffernan,
      • 29 Fairhurst
      Ref: HegleyAtt: 17,630
      SWANSEA
      DONCASTER

      Possession

      • Swansea 48%
      • Doncaster 52%

      Attempts on target

      • Swansea 2
      • Doncaster 1

      Attempts off target

      • Swansea 7
      • Doncaster 6

      Corners

      • Swansea 6
      • Doncaster 1

      Fouls

      • Swansea 9
      • Doncaster 9
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:37 The referee brings the game to a close.
      • 90:00+3:50 Lee Trundle is adjudged to have handled the ball. Benjamin Smith takes the indirect free kick.
      • 90:00+0:08 Paul Heffernan is caught offside. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.
      • 88:16 Substitution Dean Shiels leaves the field to be replaced by Mustapha Dumbuya.
      • 88:01 Shot from close range by Paul Heffernan clears the bar.
      • 85:55 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line.
      • 84:28 Booking Booking for Dean Shiels.
      • 82:21 James Hayter concedes a free kick for a foul on David Cotterill. Direct free kick taken by David Cotterill.
      • 81:03 David Cotterill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
      • 78:54 Substitution Lee Trundle on for Leon Britton.
      • 78:24 Effort on goal by Jordon Mutch from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 77:13 Handball decision goes against Dean Shiels. Garry Monk takes the free kick.
      • 75:48 Substitution Adam Lockwood is brought on as a substitute for Shelton Martis.
      • 75:15 Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas goes off and Paul Heffernan comes on.
      • 72:54 Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Benjamin Smith.
      • 72:43 Craig Beattie takes a shot. Blocked by James O'Connor.
      • 70:18 Dean Shiels produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 68:41 Substitution Craig Beattie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shefki Kuqi.
      • 67:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Pratley on Jordon Mutch. Gareth Roberts restarts play with the free kick.
      • 66:58 Foul by Gorka Pintado on Gareth Roberts, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.
      • 64:49 Dean Shiels is penalised for a handball. Darren Pratley takes the free kick.
      • 63:41 Dean Shiels produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
      • 62:18 Leon Britton challenges James Coppinger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Coppinger.
      • 61:19 James Hayter challenges David Cotterill unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Cotterill takes the free kick.
      • 60:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Coppinger on Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Leon Britton.
      • 57:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Shiels on Ashley Williams. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
      • 57:12 Substitution Mark Gower leaves the field to be replaced by Gorka Pintado.
      • 56:21 Foul by Mark Wilson on Shefki Kuqi, free kick awarded. David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Benjamin Smith.
      • 54:43 Effort on goal by James Hayter from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 52:25 James Coppinger takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
      • 50:46 David Cotterill takes a shot. Save by Benjamin Smith.
      • 48:30 Unfair challenge on James Hayter by Ashley Williams results in a free kick. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes the free kick.
      • 47:57 James Coppinger fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Coppinger.
      • 46:53 Effort from inside the area by Darren Pratley misses to the right of the goal.
      • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:00 The match has reached half-time.
      • 44:19 Unfair challenge on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas by Leon Britton results in a free kick. Shelton Martis takes the free kick.
      • 41:14 Unfair challenge on David Cotterill by James O'Connor results in a free kick. Mark Gower restarts play with the free kick.
      • 39:37 Shot from deep inside the area by Darren Pratley goes over the bar.
      • 37:15 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower, save made by Benjamin Smith.
      • 37:01 Darren Pratley takes a shot. James O'Connor gets a block in.
      • 33:02 Unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Darren Pratley results in a free kick. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
      • 30:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Gower by James Hayter. Indirect free kick taken by David Edgar.
      • 28:47 Angel Rangel has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 28:15 The official flags Jay Emmanuel-Thomas offside. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
      • 25:17 Shot from deep inside the area by Darren Pratley clears the bar.
      • 23:06 Shefki Kuqi produces a mishit right-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Shelton Martis.
      • 22:27 Foul by David Edgar on James Hayter, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James O'Connor.
      • 21:29 Shot from long range by Mark Wilson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 21:20 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas decides to take the corner short.
      • 18:35 James O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on David Cotterill. David Edgar takes the free kick.
      • 14:08 Dorus De Vries takes the indirect free kick.
      • 14:08 Booking Jordon Mutch receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
      • 13:38 Jordon Mutch concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Pratley.
      • 11:24 Corner taken short by David Cotterill.
      • 10:04 Short corner taken by Mark Gower.
      • 8:46 Nathan Dyer is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.
      • 7:51 The offside flag is raised against Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. David Edgar takes the free kick.
      • 5:55 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Gower. Indirect free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.
      • 3:02 James O'Connor fouled by Shefki Kuqi, the ref awards a free kick. Shelton Martis restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:56 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill played to the near post, clearance made by Sam Hird.
      • 0:00 The game begins.

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      Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 2 May 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Newcastle 46 55 102
      2 West Brom 46 41 91
      3 Nottm Forest 46 25 79
      4 Cardiff 46 19 76
      5 Leicester 46 16 76
      6 Blackpool 46 16 70
      7 Swansea 46 3 69
      8 Sheff Utd 46 7 65
      9 Reading 46 5 63
      10 Bristol City 46 -9 63
      11 Middlesbrough 46 8 62
      12 Doncaster 46 1 60
      13 QPR 46 -7 57
      14 Derby 46 -10 56
      15 Ipswich 46 -11 56
      16 Watford 46 -7 54
      17 Preston 46 -15 54
      18 Barnsley 46 -16 54
      19 Coventry 46 -17 54
      20 Scunthorpe 46 -22 52
      21 Crystal Palace 46 -3 49
      22 Sheff Wed 46 -20 47
      23 Plymouth 46 -25 41
      24 Peterborough 46 -34 34


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