Brentford see off Bournemouth in pulsating Championship play-off tie

Brentford are dreaming of the Premier League after reaching the play-off final for the second year running.

Thomas Frank's side sealed a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in front of 4,000 fans at the Brentford Community Stadium, winning 3-2 on aggregate.

It was a pulsating contest in which the visitors were reduced to ten men inside the opening 30 minutes.

The Bees are now hoping to go one better than last year, when they were beaten by Fulham in what is regularly described as the richest game in football.

But it didn't all go to plan early doors for Frank's men.

The visitors doubled their aggregate lead inside five minutes after a shocking piece of disorganisation from Brentford.

The hosts piled forward for a corner and were caught on the counter when Arnaut Danjuma dashed clear and slotted home. It added to his goal in the first leg and it left Brentford with a mountain to climb.

But the hosts rallied and were given a lifeline from the penalty spot – albeit the decision looked harsh on Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly.

The ball struck the defender's arm as he went to ground to put in a block. Referee Jarred Gillett pointed straight to the spot and the ever-reliable Ivan Toney dragged the Bees level when he fired home coolly from the spot.

Jonathan Woodgate's side suffered a further blow when Chris Mepham, formerly of Brentford, was given his marching orders just before the half-hour mark after bringing down Bryan Mbeumo.

Brentford continued to probe and just after the restart they levelled the tie. Vitaly Janelt's unorthodox finish from outside the box was scruffy but he nor the delirious home fans didn't care one jot.

The pressure was then piled on by the hosts and Bournemouth were increasingly being pushed back.

With extra time looming substitute Marcus Forss was on hand to sweep home Emiliano's centre inside the box.

The mood inside the ground changed instantly, and the hosts comfortably saw the game out.

Attentions now turn to Wembley next Saturday, where they will face either Swansea or Barnsley.

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