Brentford Set for Second Stab at Championship Promotion

npower_league_1By Mark Rawlinson

They may have made it rather hard for themselves in recent weeks, but Brentford are once again just one game away from securing their place in the Championship.

Fulham loanee Marcello Trotta had the chance of securing automatic promotion for The Bees on the last day of the regular season when he placed the ball down on the penalty spot against fellow promotion chasers Doncaster Rovers.

However the Italian crashed his spot-kick against the bar and Rovers raced up the other end as Billy Paynter set up James Coppinger to secure a dramatic last minute win for Doncaster, which secured them the title.

The loss meant Brentford finished third and had to go through the arduous play-off process despite having the automatic promotion at their fingertips on the final day.

Kevin O’Connor’s injury time goal secured Brentford a last minute equaliser in their first leg match at Swindon Town but the second leg was to be even more dramatic.

An Adam Rooney own goal gave Brentford an early lead in the second leg and a brace from Clayton Donaldson either side of the break seemed to put the Bees safe , 4-2 up on aggregate after Rooney netted at the right end before the break.

Joe Devera pulled a goal back for Swindon but it looked too little too late but Aden Flint’s 95th minute header forced extra time.

Uwe Rösler’s side avoided further embarrassment as Adam Forshaw struck the winning penalty to book a place at Wembley in the play-off final.

They will be bidding to return to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1993 but face Yeovil Town who excelled in their play-off semi-final, beating Sheffield United 2-1 on aggregate.

Callum McFadzean gave the Blades a 1-0 lead after the first leg but Kevin Dawson and Ed Upson both netted at Huish Park to send Yeovil through to their first Wembley appearance since 2007.

They made the League One play-off final that season too but were defeated by Blackpool 2-0 that day.

The Glovers have never played in the second tier of English football, and their fourth placed finish this season was the highest position they have ever finished.

Yeovil have the upper-hand over Brentford in their two previous league meetings this season. They beat them 3-1 at Griffin Park back in August and also recorded a 3-0 home win in their second meeting in February.

Despite this, Brentford are currently favourite with the bookies to finally secure promotion to the Championship, with the best odds currently with Stan James at 5/4.

Bet Victor are currently offering the best odds on a Yeovil Town win on Sunday at 12/5.

William Hill have both Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson and Yeovil’s Paddy Madden at 9/2 as first goal scorer in the match.

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