Brentford goalkeeper David Button knows he will have to be on top form to deny the Championship Player of the Year on Friday night.

The Bees will clash with Middlesbrough at Griffin Park in the first leg of their play-off semi-final as the two sides bid for Premier League football next season.

Boro boast the league’s top performer this season in Patrick Bamford as the on-loan Chelsea marksman has banged in 19 goals for the Teessiders this term.

He finished ahead of MK Dons loanee Delle Alli, Derby midfielder Will Hughes, Birmingham flanker Demarai Gray and Norwich flyer Nathan Redmond in the running for the gong.

Button brought down Bamford to concede penalty when Boro won at Griffin Park in January and scored past him at the Riverside back in September in a 4-0 thrashing.

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The rising star truly has bullets in his boots, however Button is acutely aware that there is far more to this Boro side than just the Blues loanee.

Button said: “He’s obviously a good player but we’ve got plenty of good players as well.

“Any team we’re going to face in these games is going to have good players and we’ve got to be prepared for that.

“I don’t think they are a one-man team and we’ll prepare well for the game and watch videos of their whole team.

“At their place it was one of our worst performances of the season but at home I thought we were a bit unlucky. We didn’t get the result though.

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“We know it is going to be a tricky game and those results won’t count for anything. We’ll be well up for it and give it a real go.

“The play-offs are a bit of a lottery. It’s better to go into them on the back of a win and a high but they’ve got a good manager a great set of players so will be focused.

Middlesbrough are the bookies favourites to win promotion to the top flight after a superb campaign under Aitor Karanka.

However, Brentford have overachieved all season and Button says they are happy to go into the game as underdogs after booking their spot with a 3-0 win over Wigan.

He added: “We’ve been the underdogs all season, which has suited us, but there’s no easy games in the play-offs and we’ll be confident we can get through.”

“It feels amazing to get to the play-offs. We knew what we had to do but we were relying on others and that makes it all a little bit more special.

“I believed we were going to win our game but to be honest I wasn’t too sure what would happen in the others.

“That has been the Championship all season though, crazy results, so we’re delighted and focused on the play-offs.”


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