November 24, 2020

Brentford 3-1 Swansea City (3-2 agg): Bees reach Championship play-off final

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Brentford v Swansea City Match Report, 29/07/2020, Championship | Goal.com

Brentford 3-1 Swansea City (3-2 agg): Bees reach Championship play-off final

21:58 BST 29/07/2020

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In the last match to be played at Griffin Park, Brentford beat Swansea City and booked their place in the Wembley play-off final.

Brentford survived a nervy finish and beat Swansea City 3-1 in the final match at Griffin Park to reach the Championship play-off final.

The Bees, who last played in the top flight in 1947, missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season and then lost the semi-final first leg 1-0 in Wales.

But a superb start on Wednesday set Brentford on their way to a 3-2 aggregate success.

Ollie Watkins raced onto Mathias Jensen’s defence-splitting pass after 11 minutes and finished calmly as Swansea were punished on the counter-attack.

The hosts then led for the first time in the tie just four minutes later as Emiliano Marcondes headed in unmarked when found by Said Benrahma, who soon struck the post.

And Swansea’s hopes of a swift second-half recovery were dashed when Bryan Mbeumo added a superb third 54 seconds after the interval.

A dismal Pontus Jansson error teed up Rhian Brewster for a lob that brought the visitors back into the match with 12 minutes to go, but Brentford battled bravely to book a Wembley date.