The second best Championship moment of 2011
This really sums up football. Imagine Lewis McGugan connects with that volley as the ball comes back to him on the edge of the area. Imagine it flies into the net in front of a joyous, disbelieving Nottingham Forest away end. Imagine it doesn’t elude McGugan at the last millisecond and leave him in a crumpled heap as Darren Pratley hares off towards the halfway line. You could even imagine that Robert Earnshaw’s shot earlier in a breakneck second half had gone in off the post rather than rebounding back out of danger.
There are less than ten seconds between McGugan’s attempted strike and the ball crossing the Forest goal-line at the other end of the pitch. Incredible drama and ten seconds that confirmed Swansea City’s place at Wembley. Regardless of the protagonists, it was a goal which summed up the play-offs in those ten seconds. After what seems like an eternity, the season finally comes to an end and entire seasons are defined in the final few moments.