Brendan Rodgers hailed Swansea's supporters as the south Wales side marked promotion to the Barclays Premier League with a victory parade this evening.

The Swans beat Reading 4-2 at Wembley to make the step up from the npower Championship - and celebrated with an open-top bus ride ahead of a civic reception. Manager Rodgers praised the support given to his team - and had a dig at fans of arch-rivals Cardiff, who missed out on promotion through the play-offs and sacked boss Dave Jones on Monday.

Rodgers said: "What you've shown over the course of the season - and when the game was at 3-2 yesterday - was real support. I've seen other teams when the supporters boo their team - not too far from here - but thankfully we have supporters who love the city, the team and will love seeing us in the Premier League next year.

"On behalf of everyone on the bus, enjoy your summer. We are looking forward to next season. We are Premier League."

Meanwhile, hat-trick hero Scott Sinclair revealed signing a permanent deal with Swansea helped him feel settled.

The striker put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Swansea in August after numerous spells on loan while a Chelsea player. Sinclair had temporary stints at Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Wigan, before joining the Swans.

And he told BBC Radio Five Live: "I've been on loan a few times and gone back to Chelsea and not played - confidence drops.

"But I'm settled now, I feel part of a team, I've got my confidence back and I'm enjoying my football.

"I feel Chelsea made a mistake letting me go but I need to stand on my feet now and prove myself.

"I got experience there from international players but it's time to play week in, week out now."

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