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Brentford trail Middlesbrough 2-1 at the halfway stage of their Championship play-off semi final tie and the Bees will have to win at the Riverside next Friday after slipping to a cruel last minute defeat at Griffin Park.

Jelle Vossen had given Boro the lead in the first half on Friday but Andre Gray was on hand to level the scores.

Adam Forshaw, who was lucky not to have been sent off for a vicious tackle on Toumani Diagouraga, whipped in a corner that was lashed home by Fernando Amorebieta.

Winning at the Riverside might seem a tough assignment, but the Bees have proved their mettle on the road by winning 11 away games in the league this season, and as manager Mark Warburton points out, some of these have come against some of the biggest names in the Championship.

He said: “There's no negativity as there is still lots to play for. We're 2-1 down at half time, it's as simple as that, and all it is is a one-goal advantage for them as away goals don't count.

“We have to go up there and win, but it wouldn't have been any different for us whatever the result tonight. We have already gone to the likes of Forest, Cardiff, Norwich, and Blackburn this season and got results.”

There was confusion as Chris Long, on loan at Brentford from Everton, turned out for the Toffees' U21 side but the Bees boss explained it was one of those things.

Warburton wrote on Twitter: “Chris is an Everton player and we have a strong relationship with what is an outstanding (Premier League) club. When any loan player is injured they recall (them).

“The recall is to examine and make sure 'their' player is ok. Chris had a nasty gash requiring several stitches and like all clubs they will fitness test before sending him back. This is absolutely their prerogative and once satisfied, they resume the loan."