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Brentford ended their away fixture programme by claiming another scalp at Reading to keep the Reds’ faint play-off hopes alive.

A win was essential if the Bees were to take the possibility of promotion to the final day, and with results elsewhere meaning that if Derby or Ipswich slip up next Saturday, while the Bees run up a big win over Wigan, anything is still possible.

There is going to be a great atmosphere at Griffin Park where the sell out crowd will have one eye on the match and the other on their smartphones trying to stay abreast of proceeding at Ewood Park and Pride Park. Come on Blackburn!

The win at the Madjeski was another bright performance by Brentford, and although Reading had a few dangerous moments, it was a deserved win in a game in which the visitors controlled for large periods – in fact the Bees could have scored more.

The opening goal came thanks to a delicious close range volley into the top corner from the boot of Alan Judge after just seven minutes, with the much needed clincher something of a rarity… A headed goal from James Tarkoswski from a free kick. Judge then had a wonderful chance to make it three, however, he hit the shot straight at Federici instead of finding the Bottom corner.

There was a great atmosphere in the away end all afternoon, with every fan rightfully proud of what the side has achieved this season. And although the fans we spoke to for the BEESOTTED video and Pride of West London Podcast are realistic about our chances next week… I think it is fair to say that every one of us will head to the game with a small part of us hoping we’ll witness miracle.

Jota in the last minute to make it five, while Ipswich slip to defeat at Blackburn? You heard it here first!

Dave Lane

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