It's all to play for at the Liberty Stadium tonight when Swansea City and Nottingham Forest go head to head in the second leg of their npower Championship Play-Off semi-final.

The tie is delicately poised goalless after Forest failed to take advantage of their extra man and make the Swans pay. The visitors were reduced to 10 men, on Thursday, with just 52 seconds on the clock when Neil Taylor was sent off.

Now Manager Billy Davies is urging his players not to waste their chance of reaching the final at Wembley, later this month.

Speaking to " We're just 90 minutes of football away from Wembley.

"If anyone had told us at the start of the season - or even midway through the season - that we would find ourselves in this position we would have taken it.

"I know the fans have done their bit. Quite simply it's now time for the players to stand up and take the responsibility and go and grab this opportunity to put themselves into the final with both hands.

"Many of the players may play for a very long time and never get this opportunity, to be so close to Wembley and to be so close to becoming a Premier Division player and playing for a Premier Division club."

The Swans will go into the tie as favourites, after winning more games at home than any side in the Championship this season. They picked up 15 wins and five draws and lost just three times, while Forest have won less games away than any side in the top six, with seven.

They will be without Taylor, who was sent off at the City Ground, after his appeal against the red card failed but striker Fabio Borini is expected to be fit despite limping off with a hamstring injury on Thursday.

Despite statistics suggesting they will be the favourites the players don't agree as defender Angel Rangel told BBC: "I still think we are the underdogs.

"We will just have to play our game as we normally do especially at home scoring so many goals and not conceding many.

"We have nothing to lose. I think we have done fantastically well this season [and] we've got a great chance to make our dream come true."


Just five points separated the two sides this season and the two league matches were won by the home sides.

The first meeting at the City Ground back in September ended in a 3-1 win for Forest after two goals from Lewis McGugan and another from Radoslaw Majewski secured the points. Cedric van der Gun did pull one back for the visitors in injury time but it had no impact on the outcome.

When they met again in March things were a bit closer as the Swans ran out 3-2 winners. Scott Sinclair opened the scoring at the Liberty Stadium before Fabio Borini scored his first of the afternoon on 26 minutes. Kris Boyd pulled a goal back for the visitors before Borini restored the two goal advantage.

Paul Anderson then netted in injury time but it was all too little too late as the Swans held on.

Tonight's match will be the 61st meeting between the two sides, with Forest leading the head to head by just two wins.

Billy Davies' side have won 24 compared to 22 while 14 matches have ended now all square.

Forest's last win at the Liberty Stadium came last season when David McGoldrick's 35th minute goal was enough to give them all three points. They later completed the double with another 1-0 win, this time at home.

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