Brentford back in second tier
WHILE football can often be the cruellest of games, it can also conjure up beautiful moments of irony to offset the agony.
As Alan Judge stepped up to take the spot-kick that ultimately secured promotion for Brentford one thought must have been running through the minds of the Bees faithful.
Last year Marcello Trotta had the opportunity to secure automatic promotion for Brentford with a last minute penalty on the final day of the season.
His shot infamously rattled off the crossbar and fell to the feet of Doncaster’s Billy Paynter, who fed James Coppinger for the goal that condemend Brentford to the play-offs and ultimately another season in League One.
This time however, Brentford were given a hero instead of a villain as Judge’s spot-kick sealed a 1-0 win against Preston and secured the Bees' place in English football’s second tier for the first time since 1993. However, it is a thin line between success and failure and as Judge slipped and saw his second penalty fly over the bar he wondered if he had sentenced Brentford to more heartache.
In the end it didn’t matter and Judge was left with nothing but relief after seeing the net bulge following his successful trip to the spot.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous in my life taking a penalty,” said Judge. “I was just relieved when
FINAL VERDICT: Alan Judge celebrates after scoring Brentford’s winner