No Premier League soccer in the present day, however Brentford vs Bournemouth has already supplied a complete weekend’s value of drama.
With a lot at stake, the Championship Play-Offs hardly ever disappoint and Brentford’s 3-1 win to get previous the Cherries within the semi-final had completely all the pieces.
The Bees got here again from two targets down on mixture to e book their place in a second Wembley closing in as many season, however that was solely half the story.
Nursing a one-goal lead from the primary leg, Bournemouth rapidly doubled it because of some totally atrocious Brentford defending from their very own nook.
Keep in mind Demba Ba towards Manchester United for Istanbul Basaksehir earlier this season? It was a carbon copy.
Brentford dedicated all ten outfield gamers to the highest third of the pitch and left Arnaut Danjuma all by himself on the midway line.
“It’s so paying homage to the objective Manchester United conceded towards Basaksehir within the Champions League earlier this season,” Jim Proudfoot stated on commentary for talkSPORT.
“I perceive you’ve bought to commit gamers ahead, however you’re solely 5 minutes into the second leg!”
In the meantime, former Premier League defender Matt Holland added: “That’s horrible organisation from a Brentford standpoint.”
Nonetheless, the sport was nearly to show towards the Cherries.
A controversial penalty, given when the ball struck Lloyd Kelly’s outstretched arm from point-blank vary, was transformed by Ivan Toney for his 32nd objective of the season.
However his job wasn’t carried out there. The Bees striker needed to run away from a possessed Asmir Begovic, who seized the ball from Toney and subsequently bought tackled to the bottom.
Fired up by the return of 4,000 Brentford followers, Bryan Mbeumo caught former Bees defender Chris Mepham in possession and located himself with an excellent likelihood to make amends for that obvious miss within the first leg, just for the Bournemouth man to swipe his ankles like one thing out of rugby.
“It’s a horrific resolution from Mepham. Woodgate is shaking his head, he can’t consider the choice that Mepham has made,” Holland stated.
The gang delighted in watching Mepham depart, however nonetheless, Bournemouth had been nonetheless forward, and making an attempt to waste as a lot time as attainable – with Begovic taking part in the pantomime villain.
One other spotlight from the first-half was Brentford boss Thomas Frank flamboyantly pointing at his watch.
However the Bees made the additional man pay within the second-half. Vitaly Janelt levelled issues up on mixture within the second-half and Marcus Forss netted the winner with ten minutes to go.
It’s by no means boring when Brentford are concerned – and promotion was by no means going to be simple given their horrible Play-Off file.
After a match like that, might it lastly be their 12 months?