Swansea's Leon Britton expects 'quiet' final build-up

Swansea City hero Leon Britton says Reading ending Cardiff's City's Championship play-off hopes will lead to less media attention in the build-up to the Wembley clash.

Reading beat the Bluebirds 3-0 to ensure Swans boss Brendan Rodgers takes on his former club on Monday, 30 May.

Britton scored in his side's 3-1 triumph over Nottingham Forest.

He said: "Cardiff [winning] would have meant a lot more scrutiny on the game [final]."

Rodgers' history as an ex-Reading player who departed the role as manager in unhappy circumstances in December 2009, having taken over only seven months earlier, will be among the build-up themes.

But Britton says he and his team-mates will concentrate on how they can win the game rather than making a point on Rodgers' behalf.

Rodgers took over as Swansea boss for the 2010-11 season, succeeding Paulo Sousa, who departed for Leicester City last July.

Britton said: "Obviously it will be a big day for him [Rodgers], but we just want to win the game - we're not looking to avenge things that maybe didn't work out for him at Reading earlier in his career as a manager.

"We just want to win the game - we don't worry about things like that."

The midfielder said Reading's performance in beating the Bluebirds was "incredible" and added: "Cardiff did have some chances, obviously their keeper's [Reading's Adam Federici] played well and on another night those chances go in.

"It's a case of Reading took their chances when they came along and unfortunately for Cardiff it just wasn't to be for them."

That leaves Swansea facing fewer media commitments in the build-up to the Wembley final than would otherwise have been the case.

He said: "If it was a Swans-Cardiff final it would have been massive media coverage and especially down in south Wales it would have been a massive thing.

"But obviously the media side of it will be a little bit quieter even though it's still going to be a big build-up to the game."

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