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Barnsley certainly had their moments in the first leg at Oakwell, but a curling effort from Ayew handed Swansea a slender advantage, making the Welsh outfit the favourites to progress to the Championship playoff final, where they will take on the winner of the other semi-final between Bournemouth and Brentford.
Steve Cooper‘s side finished fourth in the regular Championship season, winning 23, drawing 11 and losing 12 of their 46 matches to finish on 80 points, 11 points behind second-placed Watford.
The Swans have spent the last three campaigns in the second tier, finishing 10th in 2018-19 before losing to Brentford in last season’s playoff semi-final, having claimed sixth in the final standings.
Cooper’s team were strong at the Liberty Stadium during the regular season, claiming 42 points from 23 matches, but they will be taking on a Barnsley side with the fifth-best away record in the Championship.
The Tykes forced their way into the play-offs under Valerien Ismael playing a high-octane and direct brand of football but they struggled to create an opportunity of any description in the first half.
However, thanks largely to the introduction of forward Morris through the middle, and backed loudly by home fans, back at Oakwell after 14 months away, they were transformed after the interval.
They poured forward relentlessly in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, with Swansea indebted to Woodman for his double save from Morris and Brittain.
Skipper Alex Mowatt then saw a long-range shot deflect narrowly off-target and Ayew was booked for a challenge on Morris that led to Cauley Woodrow bringing another low save out of Woodman.
Morris’ late flick on to the woodwork aside, that storm was as good as it got for the hosts and USA striker Daryl Dike, who has been in superb form since joining on loan from Orlando in January, was replaced late on after a night where he struggled to get any change from impressive Swans’ centre-backs Ben Cabango and Marc Guehi.