nPower League 1 Final Playoff
Brentford’s end of season endeavours is becoming all about penalties, after they booked their place in the League One play final in a shootout. On Sunday, May 19th, they will face off against Yeovil for a lucrative place in next season’s Championship. This is a showdown between the third and fourth placed teams in the regular season in the nPower League One. The winner of the play off at Wembley will join Doncaster and Bournemouth in England’s second tier next season. After the bitter disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season, Brentford’s resilience will once again be tested. Yeovil stumbled a bit towards the finish line, but still had a enough to come through their semi final test and set up the clash in the final.
Uwe Rosler’s Brentford missed a penalty in their final match of the regular season against promotion rivals Doncaster. Substitute Marcello Trotta stepped up to take the penalty with the game poised a 0-0, but then Doncaster broke away down the other end and scored what proved to be the winning goal with the last kick of the game. The Bees had simply needed a win to edge their way into an automatic play off spot, and avoided the dreaded play offs, but that missed penalty cost them dearly. Penalties came back to haunt them again in the play off semi finals. After a 1-1 draw at Swindon, the two sides battled out a 3-3 draw back at Griffin Park, which sent the game into overtime in which neither could settle it. This time Uwe Rosler’s men made no mistake from the penalty spot as they won the shootout 5-4 to progress to the final.
As for the passage to the final for Yeovil, there was some redemption for the Glovers and defender Ed Upson in particular. In the first leg at Sheffield United, a lack of concentration from Upson had cost Yeovil in a 1-0 defeat. But it was the midfielder’s 85th minute goal in the second leg back in the west country, which secured a 2-0 win on the day, a 2-1 aggregate win over the Blades to send them through to face Brentford in the League One play off final. So things just about held to form, with third placed Brentford knocking out 6th placed Swindon and 4th placed Yeovil seeing off 5th placed Sheffield. So now the two sides will have to duel it out for a place in the Championship next season at Wembley.
During the regular season it was Yeovil in heavy ascendancy over the Bees. The Glovers won 3-1 at Griffin Park before going better in a 3-0 triumph back on home turf. The attacking power is clearly with Yeovil on this one. They finished the third highest scorers in the League One season, scoring eleven more than Brentford managed. Brentford closed out with a better defensive record than Yeovil. Of course, league season form can get thrown out of the window in the high pressured arena of Wembley in such a lucrative match. However, Yeovil remain the best value being priced at 9/4 to win, with Brentford in at shorter odds of 5/4 to take the Wembley play off final win.