For Brentford an incredible unbeaten run ends

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Brentford missed the chance to put promotion to the Premier League in their own hands by falling to defeat at Stoke City, a result which handed Leeds United the Championship title.

Brentford, who had won their previous eight games, put in arguably one of their poorest performances of an otherwise excellent season and their prolific front three of Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo did not, this time, score.

With West Brom losing at Huddersfield on Friday, a result which sent Leeds up to the top flight, Brentford knew victory in the Potteries would leave them realistically requiring just one more point to secure promotion because of their superior goal difference.

However, they looked far from the side who had won eight in a row, and the Championship’s top scorers created little against a resolute Stoke backline.

They were mainly restricted to half chances, although Brentford thought they should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Bruno Martins Indi appeared to tug down Pinnock in the box.

The defeat can take nothing away from what has been a sensational few weeks for Thomas Frank’s side since the league resumed on 20 June.

Brentford were fourth and 10 points off the automatic promotion places when the Championship was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Their run of victories, combined with the Baggies winning just three of their past 10 matches, saw the deficit shrink to just one point – although they will feel this is a huge missed opportunity.

Brentford conclude their season against Barnsley at Griffin Park while the Baggies, one of two teams left in the automatic promotion race alongside Fulham, host Queens Park Rangers.

The west London side have not been in the top flight of English football since 1946-47, but the Baggies could now stop them going straight up even if they beat Barnsley.

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