Brentford 1-2 Yeovil Town
League One play-off Final
1.30pm, Sunday 19 May 2013
by Declan Taylor
Brentford's play-off curse extended to the new Wembley as they were beaten 2-1 by Yeovil in Sunday’s League One Final.
Before this clash, the west London club had tried and failed in six previous attempts to secure promotion via the play-offs.
And there was no seventh heaven for the Bees as Gary Johnson’s Yeovil capped a remarkable season by sealing a place in the Championship with a 2-1 win under the Wembley Arch.
In front of a noisy crowd of 41,955, two goals in the first half were enough to claim promotion, with Harlee Dean’s second-half header not enough to inspire a Brentford comeback.
There were just six minutes on the clock when Johnson’s side went ahead through Patrick Madden. The striker had already seen one effort blocked brilliantly by Tony Craig but there was no stopping his second a minute later.
The ball squirted out to him 20 yards from goal and the 23-year-old Dubliner steered a delicious, curving strike into the top corner with the outside of his right boot.
Brentford, who were denied automatic promotion on the final day of the League One season, were stunned. However, in the quarter-hour after the goal, Uwe Rosler’s charges dominated possession without ever really testing Yeovil, who were happy to operate on the counter.
And it was from one such attack that Town hit their second. Sam Foley’s surging run and cross resulted in a corner for Yeovil, which Burn headed just across the line, despite Shaleum Logan’s attempts to clear.
On-loan Marcello Trotta almost pulled one back in first half stoppage time when he rose to meet Jake Bidwell’s cross, but Marek Stech saved the Fulham youngster’s header brilliantly.
Rosler’s side emerged from the break full of purpose with Toumani Diagouraga and Dean both going close within minutes of the restart.
And the latter threw his side a lifeline in the 51st minute, powering Adam Forshaw’s corner past Stech with a trademark header.
Suddenly the red-and-white half of Wembley erupted into life and their team responded on the pitch.
Rosler threw on Bradley Wright-Phillips as his side pressed for an equaliser and the on-loan striker almost grabbed one with his first touch.
Forrester’s quick corner was met by Clayton Donaldson at the front post but when Stech saved his effort brilliantly, Wright-Phillips was unable to turn home the rebound from two yards out.
Then four minutes later, Forshaw almost scored himself, after a neat one-two on the edge of the area, but Stech saved his low effort well with his legs.
The on-loan West Ham 'keeper was at it again eight minutes from time, clubbing Wright-Phillips’ swiveling volley clear, as Brentford continued to pour forward.
That would be Stech’s last meaningful involvement with the Bees failing to test him again, despite six minutes of stoppage time.
Moore, Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Forshaw, Adeyemi, Diagouraga (Hayes 82), Forrester (Saunders 67), Donaldson, Trotta (Wright-Phillips 62).
Substitutes not used Gounet, O’Connor, Hodson, Douglas.
Stech, Ayling, Webster, Burn, McAllister (Maksimenko 77), Dawson, Edwards, Upson, Foley, Hayter (Dolan 88), Madden.
Substitutes not used Stewart, Hinds, Williams, Young, Balanta.
Referee Andy D’Urso