Football

Andre Ayew helps Swansea secure play-off spot

Andre Ayew celebrates

Black Stars captain Andre Ayew played a vital role as Swansea City made it into the English Championship promotion play-offs on Wednesday night.

The Swans defeated Reading 4-1 on the final day of the season with Andre Ayew, who has scored 17 goals, providing his seventh assist of the season.

The 30-year-old headed the ball in the path of Liam Cullen to finish off a left-footed shot that found its way into the top-right corner of the net.

Wayne Routledge and Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster grabbed the other goals for the South Wales club.

Despite the impressive win, they qualified because their closest challenger Nottingham Forest suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at home.

Swansea end the season with 18 wins from 46 games, drawing 16 and losing 12. They scored a total of 62 goals and conceded 53.

They will face Brentford at home in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals on Sunday before travelling to Griffin Park for the return leg three days later.

Fulham faces Cardiff City in the other semi. The winner of the final will play in the Premier League next season.