Swansea City urged to 'finish' Premier promotion job

Brendan Rodgers
Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to manage a club in the Premier League

Brendan Rodgers has told his Swansea City players to "finish" their Premier League promotion bid after the Swans secured a Championship play-off spot.

The Welsh club qualified for the play-offs this season with a comfortable 4-1 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Swansea narrowly missed the end-of-season competition in the last two campaigns but sealed a place alongside rivals Cardiff with two games to spare.

"It is a great achievement but we don't want to finish there," said Rodgers.

The Swans are bidding for a top-flight return after a 28-year absence and have completed stage one of their promotion quest by sealing a play-off berth.

But Swansea have a miserable record in the end-of-season knock-out lottery - failing in four of their five play-off campaigns.

The Swans won promotion from the old Fourth Division in 1988 after beating Torquay in a two-legged final in the inaugural play-offs

But Swansea's unsuccessful relationship with the play-offs began in 1993 when Frank Burrows' side lost to West Bromwich Albion over two legs in the Division Two play-off semi-final.

The club lost the 1997 Third Division play-off final to a last-minute goal for Northampton Town before losing in the 1999 Third Division play-offs in extra-time to Scunthorpe United

And Swansea's most recent heartbreak was in the 2006 League One play-off final when they lost to Barnsley at The Millennium Stadium on penalty kicks as the game ended 2-2 after extra-time.

Now The Liberty Stadium club are set for their sixth appearance in the play-offs in Rodgers' first season as Swansea manager and their third year in the Championship.

"To consolidate a play-off place was the least the team deserve as they have been fantastic this season," said the Swans boss.

"This team has made progress in the last few years as they finished eighth in 2009 and last season seventh .

"Then to go from seventh and into the play-offs is a big jump as you have to be consistent and perform well and play well to arrive in this position.

"What the club has done, and the players in particular, this season has been fantastic and should be highly commended for their achievement."

Swansea's win over Ipswich was just their third triumph in 10 Championship fixtures as they have stumbled over the play-off line.

Rodgers' team now travel to play-off hopefuls Millwall on Saturday and host relegation-threatened Sheffield United on the final day of the regular season before their play-off campaign starts.

But Rodgers has told his side not lose vital momentum ahead of their key end-of-season matches.

"We're very ambitious and hungry to do well so we want to win the last two," said Rodgers.

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