Dean Smith’s Bees followed up the Easter Monday win on the road at Bristol City with a second-successive 1-0 victory, this time at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday. As with the Easter Monday game, it was Neal Maupay who got the only goal late on; his strike from the penalty spot, following Jonas Knudsen’s foul on Sergi Canos, proving decisive. The three points moved The Bees up to tenth in the table and kept the gap to the top six at just five points with five games to play.
It was also a good week for Brentford B as they put four past Chinese opposition in the shape of Shanghai SIPG Under-20s. Kevin O’Connor’s side took a while to settle but eventually cruised to victory thanks to goals from Ali Coote and Theo Archibald either side of the break and Chiedozie Ogbene’s late brace. The win sets the B Team up nicely for Friday’s game against Anderlecht under the lights at Griffin Park, kick-off 7.30pm.
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The Friday night meeting between the Championship’s top two didn’t disappoint as Cardiff City missed, not one, but two injury-time penalties as Wolverhampton Wanderers held on to record a massive three points. Ruben Neves' sublime free-kick proved decisive as both Gary Madine and Junior Hoilett failed from 12 yards in the dying seconds. The win moved Wolves nine points clear of The Bluebirds and means they could be promoted on Wednesday night at home to Derby County.
Fulham’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday means they are now just two points behind Cardiff City in third, albeit having played a game more. Aston Villa’s automatic promotion hopes appear to be over after their defeat to Norwich City while Derby County and Middlesbrough cemented their Play-Off spots with wins over Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest. Millwall kept up their remarkable run of form with a 2-0 victory over Bristol City at The Den to climb to seventh.
At the other end of the table, Lukas Jutkiewicz’s 87th minute goal rescued a point for Birmingham City and denied Burton Albion a vital three points in their battle to avoid the drop. Sunderland’s draw with Leeds means that The Brewers and The Black Cats are now seven points from safety. An injury-time goal gave Barnsley a priceless win over Play-Off chasing Sheffield United at Oakwell. The Tykes are now just two points behind Bolton Wanderers and with a game in hand.
It was a bad four days for Manchester City after defeats in Europe and at home. The Cityzens were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool in the first-leg of their Champions League Quarter Final tie before letting a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2 to rivals Manchester United on Saturday. That defeat at The Etihad also denied City the chance to secure the league title against their city neighbours.
Also in Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the goals of the season with an incredible overhead kick in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win away in Turin against Juventus. The Portuguese striker struck twice, with Marcelo getting the other, as Real all-but booked their spot in the final four.
The World of Football was also stunned last week with the death, aged 61, of former England international Ray Wilkins. The midfielder, who earned 84 caps for the Three Lions, was remembered around the country with a minute's applause before the weekend's matches.