Valerien Ismael has congratulated Swansea City on reaching the Championship play-off final and says Barnsley should be very proud of their season which ended tonight.

The Reds drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening so lost 2-1 on aggregate and missed out on next Saturday's play-off final at Wembley.

Matt Grimes' superb first half strike put the Welsh club in front then Cauley Woodrow levelled with 20 minutes left.

Ismael said: "Congratulations to Swansea. They deserved to be in the final when you see the two games. They were really really clinical. The first shot on target in the first leg goes in and today the only shot on target goes in. If you score one more goal, you deserve to win. Swansea were very disciplined and didn't make any mistakes.

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"For us, we scored the away goal and fought until the end. We can be proud. We showed we deserve to be in the play-offs. It is not a surprise."

Swansea's goal came after a disputed free-kick given against Michal Helik. Ismael said: "All season we have strange decisions. I don't want to talk about it. We didn't defend well and they shot very well."

Ismael said everyone connected to the club should be proud of this season.

"We are disappointed but, from tomorrow, we can reflect on how we reached the play-offs with one of the lowest budgets and the youngest squad.

"I want to say thank you to everyone in the club, the staff and the players - they were all dedicated. And the fans as well.

"The players gave everything. I am proud of them. It has been an amazing outstanding season.

"It's time to reflect and go on holiday."

Woodrow added: "It was really fine margins. They scored unbelievable goals in both legs. In the first leg we had chances and in the second leg we had a few shots which, another day, they go in. Credit to Swansea for getting the job done.

"I can't really remember them having loads of chances over the two legs. But they have scored two worldies and our chances haven't gone in."