Brentford v Yeovil Town
League One play-off Final
1.30pm, Sunday 19 May 2013
Uwe Rösler’s Brentford team make the short trip to Wembley on Sunday for their winner-takes-all clash with Yeovil Town.
The pair meet in the League One play-off Final – with a place in the Championship the prize for the victors.
The Bees head into Sunday’s game after a dramatic end to their League campaign.
Needing only a win, automatic promotion seemed a certainty when Doncaster’s Dean Furman fouled Toumani Diagouraga inside the penalty area in the 94th minute of the final game of the season.
But Marcello Trotta crashed the resulting spot-kick into the bar and Doncaster’s James Coppinger scored on the break to give the visitors the victory, and the title – at the expense of their hosts’ automatic promotion dreams.
The play-off semi-finals were only marginally less dramatic for the Bees.
The Londoners sealed their place at Wembley following an enthralling penalty shoot-out victory over Swindon Town. That after the tie was forced into extra-time after Brentford conceded another injury-time goal.
Yeovil Town’s journey to Wembley was also tense, if a little less draining on their fans’ emotions. The Glovers overturned a 1-0 first-leg defeat at Sheffield United, winning the return fixture 2-0.
Should Yeovil return to the West Country victorious on Sunday evening, it would continue an astonishing ascendency in recent years.
Founded in 1895, Gary Johnson’s team did not achieve promotion to the Football League until 108 years later when, in 2003, they won the Football Conference.
However, the Yeovil boss was keen to emphasise that his players should not become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the occasion.
Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson said: "We need to make sure we're not going to Wembley as tourists.
"We're going there to do a job and we need to make sure they bring their best game out in a massive circumstance," he added.
Meanwhile, his counterpart Rösler said the game was too close to call.
"Yeovil will be a tough game and I think it is 50-50. They fully deserve to be there and have had a great season,” he said.
"I believe but we are not sky-high favourites. Our league is about margins and margins will decide the game at Wembley."
Yeovil took six points from their meetings with the Bees during the normal season - with a 3-1 victory at Griffin Park and a 3-0 victory at Huish Park.