Sunday, 19 May 2013

Brentford V Yeovil - who will join us in the Championship?

Today's game will be massive for the two teams of Brentford and Yeovil. Whichever team triumphs at Wembley will be joining AFCB and Doncaster in the Championship, but the loser will have the worst feeling in the world.

Of the two teams the Bees are the slight favourites and their play-off record over the last few years is pretty dire having not played in the second tier since 1992-93. For those who have not already picked up a copy of When Saturday Comes there is a great article, written by David Stubbs, which really takes in the atmosphere of the Brentford v Doncaster game on the last day of the League One fixtures. Mr Trotta will no doubt be involved at some stage on Sunday and no one will be more pleased than him if the Bees succeed. And yes, he still might have to take another penalty in a shoot out - just imagine that!

However, I have more feelings for Yeovil Town. James Hayter is becoming a play-off veteran, but his skill and Paddy Madden's eye for goal could yet see the Somerset club win promotion. Gary Johnson is already loved by Yeovil fans as greatly as Eddie Howe is at our club, but his status will surely rise even higher if he can win this game.

The winner will have a great celebration and a cup to go with it, but AFCB have already started planning ahead for next season and will have a big advantage over whichever of these teams clinches promotion at Wembley today. 

Spare a thought for the loser though. Defeat will be cruel having come so far only to fail. I'm just so glad it is not the Cherries in this final. While I would have loved the trip to Wembley, a defeat at this stage would have been unimaginable. But one of these teams could so easily have been us. Thank goodness, we are up! 

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