as Judge banishes penalty woes
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