Play-Off hopes were built up but then ultimately dashed as we work our way through the key moments from the month of April.
One-nil to the Brentford
Knowing that they couldn’t afford any slip ups in the Play-Off race, Dean Smith’s side started April in ruthless fashion. Late winners from Neal Maupay against Bristol City and Ipswich Town made it six points from six heading into the trip to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest. And again, just the single goal was needed as Henrik Dalsgaard stooped to head home his first in Brentford colours with nine minutes to play. The win kept The Bees very much in the hunt for the top six with four games to play. Another positive to come from the trip to Nottingham was an encouraging debut for January signing Chiedozie Ogbene
Foundations in place for Community Stadium
Following the ground-breaking ceremony a month earlier, work began in earnest on the our Community Stadium in April as the first foundation piles were installed. In total, more than 600 of these piles will form the foundations for both the stadium and the first phase of the residential build (the Central Eastern and Central Southern areas on site).
Derby Delight Part One
It was a moment and a goal that nobody in red and white (or green) is likely ever to forget. With Play-Off hopes hanging by a thread, trailing 1-0 in the dying seconds at Fulham, The Bees needed a hero. They found one in Neal Maupay. The Frenchman’s header not only rescued a thoroughly deserved point, Dean Smith’s side having earlier had a goal incorrectly chalked off and a stonewall penalty not given, but kept our Play-Off hopes very much alive.
Derby Delight Part Two
After the previous Saturday’s drama it was relatively more sedate for part two of our Derby Double against QPR back at Griffin Park. Sergi Canos and Idrissa Sylla traded goals in the opening 45 minutes as the two sides went in level, Ollie Watkins missing a penalty late on in the half. However, the decisive goal came midway through the second period as Florian Jozefzoon cut inside and fired high into the roof of the net from 15 yards. Victory stretched our unbeaten run to seven and ensured the Play-Off race went down to the penultimate weekend.
A bridge too far at Oakwell
In the end, we would fall just short of the top six following defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell. After a bright start, Kieffer Moore’s deflected cross put the home side ahead and they never really looked in trouble after that. Oli McBurnie added a second at the start of the second-half to end our promotion aspirations on a cold afternoon in South Yorkshire. However, results elsewhere would mean that we were still guaranteed a fourth-straight top ten Sky Bet Championship finish.
Neal Maupay 3
Sergi Canos, Henrik Dalsgaard, Florian Jozefzoon 1
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