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League One play-off final Preview: Yeovil meet Brentford at Wembley

SoccerNews in English Premier League 17 May 2013


Yeovil Town’s impressive record over Brentford in the past four campaigns indicates the club are likely to secure promotion on Sunday.

Having only entered the Football League for the first time in their history in 2003, Yeovil can earn their third promotion in 11 seasons if they overcome Brentford at Wembley in the League One play-off final.

Recent history suggests Yeovil should triumph and advance to the Championship, as they have claimed victory in five of their past six matches against Brentford, including both meetings this season.

Yeovil cruised past the west London club 3-0 in February, while they scored twice in the final 10 minutes to win 3-1 at Brentford’s Griffin Park in August.

Brentford manager Uwe Roesler will need to be wary of Yeovil’s leading goal-scorer Paddy Madden, with the 23-year-old Irish striker having notched 23 league goals this season.

Madden, who joined Yeovil from Carlisle United, has not scored for over a month but did hit the back of the net in his side’s home win over Brentford in February.

While Brentford finished third in the League One standings ahead of the play-offs, one position ahead of Yeovil, Roesler’s side had a more difficult semi-final, needing penalties to overcome Swindon Town.

Brentford were denied victory over 180 minutes when Swindon’s Aden Flint scored a 95th-minute equaliser at Griffin Park to force extra-time.

Roesler’s team triumphed 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out, but may be slightly more fatigued at Wembley compared to Yeovil, as Gary Johnson’s team fairly eliminated Sheffield United 2-1 over two legs in the other semi-final.

While victory at Wembley would take Yeovil into the Championship for the first time, Brentford will be hoping to end 20 years outside England’s second tier.

Clayton Donaldson will be key for the Londoners as the 29-year-old striker leads Brentford for goals (18) and assists (eight) this season.


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