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Moments of the Month: May

Final weeks of the season reviewed

15 June 2021

Ivan Toney scores 30th goal of season

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Two second half goals enabled Brentford to record a third straight win, with Watford beaten in West London. Marcus Forss put The Bees in front before Ivan Toney converted his penalty to reach a personal landmark. Toney’s spot kick was his 30th goal of the season and equalled the most scored in a second tier season since it was renamed as the Championship in 2004. And that was enough to give Brentford a 2-0 win, their first victory against Watford since 1977.

Bees end regular season with win

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Brentford ended the Sky Bet Championship season with a fourth win in a row as they beat Bristol City 3-1. A rather dour first half gave way to a dominant second period for The Bees, after Ivan Toney had opened the scoring, breaking the record for the most goals in a second tier season since it was rebranded as the Championship more than 15 years ago. Bryan Mbeumo rounded off a thrilling move to make it two before Sergi Canós added a third. City scored a late goal that was mere consolation.

Fans back in for final matches

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A change in Covid-19 restrictions meant fans could attend matches after 17 May, with stadiums allowed to be one quarter full, up to a maximum of 10,000. That meant Brentford would play AFC Bournemouth in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final in front of fans. The first leg was scheduled for 17 May with the return at our new stadium on 22 May. The Play-Off Final would also be played in front of a crowd.

Bees reach Wembley

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Brentford won through to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final after coming from behind to beat AFC Bournemouth 3-1 and book a spot at Wembley. The Bees trailed 1-0 from the First Leg of the tie and had the worst possible start when they conceded inside six minutes. But Brentford would not be beaten. Ivan Toney scored from the penalty spot to equalise on the day before Bournemouth were reduced to ten men before half time. Vitaly Janelt put Brentford in front and Marcus Forss sealed the tie late on.

Brentford promoted to Premier League

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Brentford were promoted to the Premier League on a sunny late May afternoon at Wembley Stadium. First half goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes gave Brentford a 2-0 win over Swansea City. The Bees dominated almost from start to finish. They were ahead inside ten minutes and two up within 20. And there was no way back for Swansea. A red card for Swansea midfield player Jay Fulton gave the Welsh side no chance of mounting a comeback and it The Bees that make their way to the top flight for the first time since 1947.


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