as Judge ban­ishes penalty woes

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

it went in. Just re­lief that was it. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet what’s hap­pen­ing so hope­fully a few days it’ll sink in.

“I just came here and wanted to play games and con­trib­ute in some way and the fact I’ve scored the goal that got us pro­moted, it’s un­be­liev­able.

“It’s the best mo­ment I’ve had, ever. I’ve cap­tained my coun­try at U21s level I know that’s a great hon­our but to get a club pro­moted, to be in­volved in that, es­pe­cially a club with this her­itage and his­tory, it’s just great, it’s one of the best things that’s hap­pened to me.

“I’ve en­joyed my time here, and I’m hap­pi­est when I’m play­ing my foot­ball and I’ve been very happy here.

“I don’t think it (the game) was a 1-0 vic­tory, I don’t think they ever got out of their own half to be hon­est. I think that just summed up the per­for­mance, I don’t think the lads felt un­der pres­sure, they en­joyed it.”

De­spite Pre­ston throw­ing ev­ery­thing at Brent­ford in the fi­nal five min­utes the Bees man­aged to hang on for an his­toric vic­tory.

The full-time whis­tle sparked a wild pitch in­va­sion as thou­sands of fans put the dev­as­ta­tion of last year's play-off fi­nal de­feat to Yeovil well and truly be­hind them. Mark War­bur­ton, the club’s for­mer sport­ing di­rec­tor who took over as man­ager from Uwe Rosler af­ter the lat­ter joined Wi­gan in De­cem­ber, says plans are al­ready un­der­way to en­sure the club thrive in the Cham­pi­onship.

“We will bring in one or two be­cause you have to, but we are in strong shape al­ready,” he said. “We are bet­ter bal­anced than we were last sea­son too.

“The young ones have an­other sea­son un­der their belts and are ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers now.We now have time to fo­cus on where we are on and off the pitch. We are two years into a five year project.”

Brent­ford be­gan the brighter and Judge forced De­clan Rudd into a smart save be­fore the Bees mid­fielder opened the scor­ing from the spot on 30 min­utes af­ter a foul on Ge­orge Sav­ille. Judge had a sec­ond spot-kick in the sec­ond half af­ter Bai­ley Wright was pe­nalised for hold­ing Clay­ton Don­ald­son but the Ir­ish­man slipped and sent his ef­fort over the cross­bar. The fi­nal whis­tle prompted a pitch in­va­sion but Brent­ford’s pro­mo­tion wasn’t con­firmed un­til Rother­ham’s de­feat to Wolves was com­pleted. De­feat for Pre­ston ended their slim hopes of fin­ish­ing sec­ond, but boss Si­mon Grayson had no com­plaints.

“A bit dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing re­ally that we’ve not re­ally put in a per­for­mance that we’re ca­pa­ble of do­ing,” said Grayson. “We came here to make sure we didn’t see Brent­ford cel­e­brat­ing but that wasn’t to be the case.”

NO HARM DONE: Judge misses his sec­ond penalty. Right: Ge­orge Sav­ille cel­e­brates with fans af­ter achiev­ing pro­mo­tion

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