Brentford 3-1 AFC Bournemouth, Championship Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg: report, ratings and verdict


Brentford 3-4-1-2



AFC Bournemouth 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 1 - 1 Griffin Park ( Attendance: 4,000 (BRENTFORD WIN 3-2 ON AGGREGATE) )
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Brentford are heading to Wembley for the Championship Play-Off Final after overturning a 1-0 Semi-Final First Leg deficit to beat AFC Bournemouth 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium.

The Bees did it the hard way as Bournemouth took the lead in the fifth minute as a Brentford corner was cleared into the path of an unmarked Arnaut Danjuma who raced clear from his own half before slotting past David Raya.

However, Brentford equalised through an Ivan Toney penalty in the 16th minute, after Lloyd Kelly was judged to have handled the ball in the box.

Bournemouth then went a man down in the 28th minute – Bryan Mbuemo winning the ball off Chris Mepham with the former Brentford player proceeding to clip the Frenchman as he was through on goal.

The second-half saw Brentford level the tie as Vitaly Janelt’s curling strike looped over the head of Asmir Begovic and into the net.

Thomas Frank’s side continued to push forward and the breakthrough moment eventually came in the 81st minute, with substitute Marcus Forss striking home from a low cross.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Chris Mepham’s moment of panic mid-way through the first-half gave Brentford the numerical advantage which was duly exploited.

Moan of the Match

Bournemouth’s constant time wasting from the very first minute was a frustrating constant in an otherwise entertaining game.

Talking Point

Thomas Frank has now masterminded another Play-Off semi-final comeback – what can he do differently to ensure the outcome at Wembley is not the same?

Man of the Match

Ivan Toney – an early goal from the penalty spot was followed by an incredible performance of winning headers and bringing his teammates into play at every opportunity.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Jarred Gillett (Australia) – did well in a very feisty and high-pressured game, breaking up scuffles and bringing order to the high-stakes chaos.


Thomas Frank’s pre-match lap around the ground helped energise the Brentford fans, who were in incredible voice from the very first minute and in even louder voice by the end.


Apart from the early goal, a perfect performance by Brentford, who will now go to Wembley next week and try to exorcise the demons of last season.

Line Ups

Brentford 3-4-1-2

Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev (Forss, 46), Jensen, Janelt (Ghoddos, 64), Canos (Fosu, 79); Marcondes; Toney, Mbeumo (Bidstrup, 90)

Subs not used:

Daniels, Goode, Reid, Stevens


Toney, Jansson, Dalsgaard

AFC Bournemouth 4-2-3-1

Begovic; A.Smith (Long, 82), Carter-Vickers, Mepham, Kelly; Lerma, Pearson; Brooks (Rico, 30), Billing, Danjuma; Solanke (Stacey, 75)

Subs not used:

Travers, Riquelme, Anthony, Surridge, Wilshere, Kilkenny


Begovic, Lerma

Sent Off


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