Date: 30th May 2011 at 5:19pm
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The Clarets will still be travelling to the Madejski Stadium next season with the Royals going down 4-2 to Swansea City in the Championship play-offs final at Wembley.

In a thrilling game, it looked all over at half-time for Reading with Swansea already 3-0 up thanks to a brace of goals from Scott Sinclair within one minute after scoring from the spot on 21 minutes and then from open play on 22 minutes.

Stephen Dobbie then added to Reading’s woes scoring five minutes before the break after a great cross from former Burnley loan wnger, Nathan Dyer.

Former Reading manager and current Swans gaffer, Brendan Rogers must have had a wry smile on his face in the dressing room at half-time but that smile slipped a bit in the second-half as Reading came charging back.

An own goal from Allen on 49 minutes was followed eight minutes later with a Mills goal that gave Reading fans some hope.

Those Royals fans heading for the exits at half-time might have been regretting that decision at this stage.

Swansea though steadied their nerves and were rewarded with another penalty ten minutes from time. There was Sinclair again to duly slot home and claim a hat-trick!

Swansea return to the top flight for the first time since 1983 in what will be their first time in the Premier League.

Reading boss Brian McDermott must be gutted but that’s football as they they live to fight another season in the Championship.

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