Brentford v Swindon player ratings

Brentford reached the League One play-off final in dramatic circumstances, beating Swindon on penalties after an epic second leg. Here’s how we rated the Bees players on an incredible day at Griffin Park.

Simon Moore: 8
His terrific save in the opening minutes set the tone. He was largely composed in everything he did and had little chance with any of Swindon’s three goals. Pulled off the crucial save from Miles Storey to tip the balance in the shoot-out.

Shaleum Logan: 7
Timed his tackles well and used the ball sensibly. His goalline clearance in added-on time almost ensured Brentford’s victory – only for Aden Flint to head in from the resulting corner.

Harlee Dean: 8
A very accomplished display was capped by a successfully converted penalty. Can only win more admiring glances from Championship managers based on this performance.

Tony Craig: 7
Another to follow up a characteristically strong display with a well-taken spot-kick, despatched with aplomb high into the roof of the net.

Jake Bidwell: 7
Linked up well with Harry Forrester down the left, particularly in the first half, but was less effective going forward as the match wore on. Stayed solid defensively throughout.

Toumani Diagouraga: 8
Survived a potentially embarrassing early mix-up with goalkeeper Moore to put in an energetic performance in the middle of the park. Relished in the role which allows others to flourish further forward.

Tom Adeyemi: 7
Formed a key part of the well-oiled attacking machine in the first half but an injured shoulder forced his early exit after 55 minutes.

Adam Forshaw: 7
He will take the adulation as the scorer of the winning penalty in the shoot-out, but the Liverpudlian was busy during the 120 preceding minutes, and was involved in some of the Bees’ most attractive football.

Clayton Donaldson: 9
Scored twice, could have had two more – he was the big man for the big occasion again. His first goal showed his instinctive ability in the box as he drilled in a shot on the turn from 20 yards and his second demonstrated a composure occasionally lacking in one-on-one situations. Foderingham denied him a hat-trick in extra-time but the Bees’ top scorer was a class act throughout.

Marcello Trotta: 8
A brave selection by Uwe Rosler – but the right one. Recalled to the side just over a week since his missed injury-time penalty cost Brentford automatic promotion, the Fulham loanee responded in fine style. He had an outstanding first 45 minutes, hitting the post and setting up Donaldson’s first, and ran himself into the ground. He was given a standing ovation when substituted.

Harry Forrester: 8
Excellent in the first half and gave Swindon right-back Joe Devera a torrid time, almost scoring with a volley just before the break which Wes Foderingham did well to keep out. Didn’t have quite the same impact after the break and was replaced on 70 minutes.

Jonathan Douglas: 7
The former Swindon man came on for Adeyemi and was his usual busy self, to great effect.

Sam Saunders: 7
Took over the wide-man mantle from Forrester and was just as creative, almost scoring a cracker late on which would have negated the need for extra-time. Converted the first spot-kick in the shoot-out.

Paul Hayes: 7
Worked hard after coming on for Trotta, setting up the extra-time chance for Donaldson, and took his penalty well.



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