Brentford striker Ollie Watkins has praised his side’s character after beating Swansea City to reach the Championship play-off final.

The Bees were down 1-0 after the first leg, but a 3-1 victory at Griffin Park on Wednesday sealed a place in the final round.

“I’m over the moon,” Watkins, who opened the scoring in the win, told Sky Sports. “We’ve had a tough few games and it hurt us a bit but we’ve bounced back tonight.

“We win and lose together. I felt like it was important to get the boys together after the Barnsley game to regroup and take a step back. We came out of lockdown unbelievable, the best team [in the league], but we lost the last two games.

“It was very hard. We worked so hard physically and emotionally and it’s draining losing when we’d been on such a good run. We got ourselves together tonight, focused on the job at hand.

“Going into a game 1-0 down, it shows big desire to come back and win against a good side. We came off the pitch angry [after the first-leg defeat] and ready to go again. I don’t think it was red card for Rico [Henry] and we started the game well tonight.

“We deserved it, we could’ve punished them more, we could have been three or four up at half-time.”