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16 April 2018

Brentford News

Another four points from two tricky Sky Bet Championship away matches, ensured that Dean Smith’s Bees are still part of the second tier Play-Off conversation heading into the final three games. First up on Tuesday night, a late Henrik Dalsgaard goal, his first for the club, secured a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at The City Ground before Neal Maupay struck a 94th minute equaliser at Craven Cottage on Saturday in the local derby against Fulham.

Those results leave The Bees four points outside the top six with three games to go, beginning at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

It was also a good week for Brentford B as they made light work of Anderlecht in a prestige friendly at Griffin Park. Bradley Clayton scored twice with Reece Cole and Nikolaj Kirk getting the others as Kevin O’Connor’s side wrapped up a seventh straight win. The B Team now head to Portugal for games against SC Braga B and Porto Under-19s later this week.

Sky Bet Championship News

Brentford’s 1-1 draw with Fulham was celebrated just as much 120 miles up to M40 as it confirmed Wolverhampton Wanderers return to the Premier League after a six-year absence. Nuno Santo’s men celebrated promotion in style the following day with a 2-0 win over Birmingham City, which also all-but confirmed the league title.

Mick McCarthy’s near six-year tenure at Ipswich Town came to an end last Tuesday as he left The Tractor Boys following their 1-0 win over Barnsley. McCarthy had already announced he would be leaving at the end of the season but brought that forward claiming he felt like a “caretaker manager for his own job.” His departure leaves Neil Harris and Dean Smith as the two longest serving bosses in the second tier.

Football News

Manchester United’s shock 1-0 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion meant fierce rivals Manchester City were crowned Champions of England on Sunday without kicking a ball. The title victory was some consolation for Pep Guardiola’s side after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool in midweek.

Liverpool will go on to face Roma in the last four after AS produced one of the comebacks of all-time to defeat Barcelona on away goals. An 82nd minute Kostas Manolas goal completed the 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico which sent The Italians through. Roma’s joy was Juventus’ pain in equal measure as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 97th minute penalty to knock Juve out after a remarkable comeback of their own. The Old Lady had over-turned a three goal first leg defeat but Ronaldo broke Italian hearts in injury time to send the holders through.

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