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Brendan Rodgers saluted a "wonderful achievement" as Swansea finished the npower Championship season in third place, but he insisted that sixth-placed Nottingham Forest now go into their play-off semi-final showdown as favourites.

Swans started the day in fourth but their comprehensive 4-0 victory over Sheffield United, coupled with Cardiff's 1-1 draw at Burnley, saw them leapfrog their south Wales rivals and finish just outside the automatic promotion places.

"From the first minute we passed the ball, probed and were patient in our play. We had good control and it was an excellent display and we are looking forward to the play-offs," said Rodgers. "We will be the underdogs because Forest have been in the play-offs. They have been there last year and missed out. But we have great confidence and we will relish the two games."

Third place is a remarkable achievement for Rodgers in his first season at the Liberty Stadium, representing an improvement on last season when the club were agonisingly pushed out of the play-off picture by a late surge from Blackpool.

Rodgers added: "It is a wonderful achievement for the club to finish third.

"We have ended the season how we started at home with a 4-0 win and a fantastic performance. I want to pay tribute to the players because they are the most important people at the club."

Sheffield United manager Micky Adams, only appointed in late December, said: "I have a meeting with the club's owners next week but I can't prejudge it.

"I don't know what will happen but I want to carry on. Absolutely. But (chairman) Mr (Kevin) McCabe will set the agenda.

"We had a lot of players from the youth team in the side and I'm not sure if that is the right thing to do at this moment in time.

"There are four good teams in the play-offs. Swansea are a good team but I know they will not change their style of play."

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