They’ve done it. Brentford have been promoted to the top flight for the first time since 1947.
They will join Norwich and Watford in the 2021/22 Premier League season after overcoming Swansea 2-0 in today’s play-off final at Wembley – a game that featured free-scoring ex-Mag Ivan Toney and Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
The game started with a Woodman error. He’s been superb this season and won the Championship golden glove with the most clean sheets in the regular season, but he tripped Bryan Mbuemo to concede a penalty.
Ivan Toney stepped up and scored, with his ice cool spot kick being tucked into the bottom left corner expertly. Woodman went the right way but it was too accurate, handing the Rafa Benitez reject we sold for just £650,000 his 33rd goal of the season.
1-0 Brentford, and it was 2-0 soon after as a superb counter attack ended in a near post finish from Emiliano Marcondes.
Swansea huffed and puffed in the second half but any hopes of a comeback were ruined when Jay Fulton was shown a straight red with just 20 minutes on the clock.
A huge win for the Bees and the £178 million prize that their performances over the past year have deserved.
Congratulations Ivan Toney, commiserations to Freddie Woodman.
See you next season, Brentford!