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Posted Sat 07 May 05 at 20:00 PM


An experimental Brentford team recorded a fantastic win against already promoted Hull City at Griffin Park. Hull took a very early lead but Brentford fought back and a last-gasp goal from Jay Tabb gave the Bees fourth place and a two-legged play off semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday.

Brentford went into this final day game knowing a play off place was secure and Martin Allen decided to use the game as an opportunity to blood new faces. Only Chris Hargreaves and Tabb remained from the starting eleven that secured the play off place at Wrexham last Tuesday.Darius Charles, Karleigh Osborne and Jerome Sobers were making their first league appearances, while Ryan Peters was making his first league start.

It was no surprise that the youthful Brentford side took a while to settle and they got off to the worst possible start when Hull took a first minute lead.Ex-England international Nick Barmby floated in a corner, which the Brentford defence didn't deal with and Leon Cort headed it in off the underside of the bar.

It could have been much worse for the Bees, Ademola Bankole saved well from a Craig Fagan header and Barmby's delightful chipped pass was met on the volley by Stuart Elliot, but his effort was wild and well off target.

Hull were showing why they had clinched promotion to the Championship but a change in formation with Osborne moving forward to make up a four man midfield led to a big improvement, and as Brentford improved they began to create chances.

Tabb volleyed over and Peters had two efforts which were also off target.Charles swung in a fantastic pass from the left which was met by Hargreaves, it looked set to be a Brentford equaliser but Damien Delaney headed it off the line.

Brentford deserved to be level and it was no surprise when Sobers marked his league debut with a 43rd minute goal. Tabb's floated corner was met by Sobers, who rose highest among a posse of Hull defendersto flick the ball home.

Hull came straight back at Brentford and attempted to regain their lead, Delaney's free kick was met by Kevin Ellison and his header seemed destined for the bottom corner before Bankole dived full length to turn it away.From the resulting corner the ball dropped to Fagan but Matt Harrold was in the right place to block the shot.

The visitors almost had the same start to the second half as they did to the first, the Brentford defence failed to deal with a long ball and Fagan found space in the area but shot wide.Andy Myers then produced a great block to deny Ellison.

Elliot wasted a golden opportunity to restore Hulls advantage when he mis-kicked in front of goal from Scott Wiseman's cross and Ellison had a header from a Barmby free kick which was cleared just in front of Bankole. Elliot fired another shot over and Barmby headed a long throw wide.

Just as it appeared the regular season was petering out Brentford struck with an 86th minute winner.Tabb won the ball in midfield and then got a lucky rebound as Delaney's clearance cannoned off him, but from then on no luck was required, he raced clear, cut inside Delaney and curled the ball passed Boaz Myhill and into the far corner.

Brentford: Bankole; Sobers, Osborne, Fitzgerald (Scott B.), Myers, Charles; Lawrence, Tabb (sub Ide 89 mins), Hargreaves; Harrold (sub Watts 77 mins), Peters (sub Moleski 55 mins)

Subs (not used):Steele, Masters


Written by Chris Wickham

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