While The Spoiler is finding it a little bit hard to get excited about the FA Cup final this Saturday, we’ve had no such problems getting all giddy and butterflied-up for the Championship play-offs.
They always tend to throw up a couple of very nice games and with Premier League football within lunging distance for fans of these often glory-starved clubs, it makes for some proper HBO-trouncing drama.
The serious stuff started pretty quickly last night when Swansea left-back, Neil Taylor, got sent-off after 52 SECONDS for his studs-up challenge on Forest’s Lewis McGugan…
He did get sent-off – although this clip from someone’s streaming of the game doesn’t show it – and left the Swans to play the rest of the game with ten men.
In all fairness to the south Wales side, they were the better team for the remaining 44 minutes of the first half and on-loan Chelsea striker Fabio Borini could easily have done a goal for them.
The pocket-sized Nathan Dyer was bloody impressive for the Swans, while – for long periods – Forest had all the grace and guile of a porpoise trying to climb a flight of stairs.
However, as Spoiler reader Elvisio pointed out, Forest were certainly the better team in the second-half and had a very decent penalty shout waved away after Alan Tate did a cracking ‘John Terry’ and blocked a shot with his outstretched arm.
Bloody hell – this is almost a match report… Anyway, the Swans have the upper hand heading into the second-leg, while their neighbours Cardiff play Reading in their first-leg game tonight.
Anyway, as much as The Spoiler loves Nottingham Forest and Reading, we’re still hoping for an apocalyptic play-off final between Cardiff and Swansea…
Was it a sending-off? Do you care about the Championship play-offs? Who do you want in the Premier League? Let us know with a well thought out comment below…