Brentford 1-2 Barnsley, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 1 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
Brentford will have to settle for a Championship Play-Off place after a 2-1 defeat in the last league game to be held at Griffin Park.
The Bees started the game the brighter with Emiliano Marcondes taking a strike that went just wide in the early minutes.
However, it was Barnsley that took the lead four minutes before the interval – Callum Styles striking a low effort that beat Brentford keeper David Raya at his near post.
Barnsley could have doubled their advantage at the start of the second-half only for Jacob Brown’s goalbound effort to be expertly blocked by Ethan Pinnock.
Brentford then equalised arguably against the run of play as Josh Dasilva lashed home in the 73rd minute after an incredible run from Said Benrahma saw the Algerian carry the ball from his own half to the penalty box.
With West Brom only managing to draw with QPR, Brentford went in search for another goal which would have seen them promoted.
But it was Barnsley who found a winner as Patrick Schmidt squared the ball for Clarke Odour to tap home – a goal that will retain the side’s Championship status should Wigan receive a points deduction as expected.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Josh Dasilva’s unlikely equaliser brought hope Brentford would be able to turn the game around.
Moan of the Match
Brentford will feel frustrated by their form in high-pressure games – the side seeming to lack a ruthless edge when it really matters.
Thomas Frank has now twice ditched the trusted 4-3-3 during a game, with both leading to losses. Will he return revert to type for the Play-Offs?
Man of the Match
Luke Thomas – relentless pressing throughout and was a creative spark throughout the game for Barnsley.
Tweet of the Match
Robert Jones (Merseyside) – rather lenient, but managed the game well nonetheless.
The Bees have long been counting down to the final league game at Griffin Park so it was disappointing it could not have the goodbye it deserved – both on and off the pitch.
A huge opportunity for automatic promotion has slipped through Brentford’s hands, who now have to pick themselves up for the Play-Offs.
Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock (Fosu, 70), Henry (Jensen, 60); Marcondes (Canos, 70), Dasilva, Norgaard; Mbeumo (Baptiste, 86), Watkins, Benrahma
Subs not used:
Daniels, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Roerslev, Rasmussen
Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, Williams; Ludewig (Schmidt, 89), Ritzmaier (Oduor, 86), Mowatt, Styles; Thomas (Simoes, 56); Brown, Chaplin (Woodraw, 86)
Subs not used:
Collins, Wolfe, Williams, Halme, Bahre