Brentford secure place in playoff final

Swansea are 4/5 to qualify at the expense of Brentford

Swansea are 4/5 to qualify at the expense of Brentford Credit Getty

On the night that the Bees - without fans - bade farewell to their historic Griffin Park stadium, the hosts overwhelmed Welsh challengers Swansea in the opening stages of the match with both Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Marcondes scoring inside the first 16 minutes.

Just five minutes later, with Swansea still reeling, the Bees doubled their lead.

Bryan Mbeumo bagged their third goal after half-time and Rhian Brewster's strike was too late to spark a Swansea revival.

Cardiff City will hope to join Brentford in the play off final in their second leg on Thursday against Fulham, but they trail 2-0 from the first leg in Cardiff. Seven straight wins after the COVID-19 lockdown had left promotion tantalizingly within Brentford's grasp, before successive losses to Stoke and Barnsley forced Brentford into the playoffs.

"We need The General's experience, coolness and passing ability as we head into the last part of the season", Frank told the club's website last month following Mokotjo's contract extension. At 3-0 we should have been through to the final, but we made a mistake we shouldn't make.

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But the unfashionable west London club, forever in the shadow of neighbours Chelsea, remain in the hunt to reach England's top-flight for the first time in 73 years.

Brentford started the game strongly creating several opportunities.

'Because we were just on it.

"The move to the Brentford Community Stadium for next season could be made as a Premier League club, with the Bees now one game away from a place in the top flight for the first time since 1947".

That mini implosion set up one, final, dramatic match at Griffin Park, their home for 116 years, before next season's move to a new 17,250-capacity ground.

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Swansea City: The mark of a mentally tough footballer is to not to let whatever setback they may face in the course of a game affect them.

Breaking quickly from a Swansea corner, Brentford cut through the visitors' defence as Watkins ran onto Mathias Jensen's precise through-ball and slotted a clinical finish under Erwin Mulder.

Steve Cooper has warned his Swansea team about the dangers of sitting on a lead ahead of their Championship play-off return at Brentford.

Jensen released left back Rico Henry into space and his cross was volleyed into the net by Mbeumo with a sublime finish.

"And my final speech was in the dressing room, because it deserved the final speech there - with all the players and all the staff - and I said let's go out and make it one last magical moment at Griffin Park".

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