Bees blast past Swansea in 3-1 comeback win

          Griffin Park gets fond farewell as Brentford surge to final

          2020/07/29 22:41
          By Connor Andrews

          A 15 minute first half surge from Brentford was enough to shock Swansea out of their aggregate lead, and set the Bees on course for a Wembley play-off final on Tuesday against either Fulham or Cardiff.

          Brentford, playing their final game at 116-year-old Griffin Park, set the tone early on after a disappointing 1-0 result in the first leg on Sunday.

          And after a dangerous Swansea set piece inside the first 10 minutes, Brentford broke quickly, with David Raya playing the ball out to Mathias Jensen who sent an absolutely gorgeous through-ball past the entire Swansea defence. 

          Ollie Watkins was on hand to read it perfectly, collecting the ball before dispatching the game’s opener.

          And just four minutes later, it was the second member of Brentford’s BMW who decided to get involved, with Saïd Benrahma demanding the ball in the inside left channel, before spotting Emiliano Marcondes in space to head in his chipped pass with aplomb.

          With a 2-0 lead at the break and Swansea seemingly still in shock, Brentford came back out with similar intent, making room out wide for a Rico Henry cross that Brian Mbeumo thumped home in the first minute of the second half.

          Brentford though, ever the entertainers, decided to make things interesting with 12 minutes to play, as Pontus Jansson fluffed a bizarre scorpion kick style clearance, allowing Rhian Brewster to lob Raya and pull the Swans back within a goal.

          But Swansea rarely troubled in the final 10, and Brentford, well worth their win, will now face either Fulham or Cardiff at Wembley next Tuesday for a place in the Premier League, the summit they’ve so smartly built towards under Matthew Benham’s ownership.

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          classic matches
          U Wednesday, 29 July 2020 - 19:45
          Griffin Park
          Chris Kavanagh
          Ollie Watkins 11'
          Emiliano Marcondes 15'
          Bryan Mbeumo 46'
          Rhian Brewster 78'