They say revenge is a dish best served cold – and it took Brentford seven years to get theirs on Huddersfield Town for a heart-breaking play-off defeat.
Back in 1994-95, the Premier League decided to reduce its numbers, meaning one less team would automatically go up from the leagues below.
Brentford being Brentford naturally chose that season to go for a to-the-wire promotion push, losing out on the last day to Birmingham City, meaning they finished second in Division Two (third tier) but went into the play-offs instead of going straight up.
David Webb's side shrugged off their disappointment to take the advantage from the first leg of the semi-finals, Nicky Forster's goal earning a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium, although but for a glaring Robert Taylor miss it could have been even better.
However, despite a Martin Grainger penalty in the second leg at Griffin Park, an Andy Booth strike for Huddersfield meant the tie finished level, and it was Huddersfield who won on penalties after Jamie Bates and Denny Mundee fluffed their lines.
Fast forward seven years and the two teams again met in the Division Two play-off semi-finals, Brentford having again gone agonisingly close to automatic promotion – within 13 minutes, in fact – before Reading blew away their dreams.
Steve Coppell's men, who had hammered Huddersfield 3-0 in a league game just three weeks earlier, played out a cautious 0-0 draw at the Galpharm in the first leg, but it looked like they would blow it in the home leg again when that man Booth put the Terriers in front with only two minutes on the clock.
But this time the Bees were more resolute, and Darren Powell drew them level 12 minutes later before Lloyd Owusu struck the winner a minute into the second half to set up a final against Stoke City at the Millennium Stadium.
That was where the good news ended though as Brentford slumped to a 2-0 defeat in Cardiff, and would have to endure two more play-off defeats, a relegation to the bottom division and a near miss with administration before finally making it to the promised land last season.
BEES : Smith, Dobson, Anderson, Powell, Ingimarsson, Evans, Sidwell, Rowlands (O'Connor), Hunt, Owusu, Burgess (Boxall). Subs not used: Gottskalksson, Theobold, McCammon.
Brentford have not beaten Huddersfield since a Charlie MacDonald brace and a Lewis Grabban strike earned a 3-0 win at Griffin Park in April 2010. They last met in 2011-12, when Hudderfield did the double over the Bees, drawing the all-time record between the two teams at 21 wins each and 17 draws.
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