BRENTFORD keeper Simon Moore insists winning promotion to the Championship will be the perfect birthday present – and help erase his Wembley woe.
The former Southampton shot-stopper turns 23 tomorrow, but insists any celebrations have been put on hold while he concentrates on the play-off final showdown with Yeovil Town.
Moore was just a youngster when Brentford suffered heartbreak in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final defeat to Carlisle in 2011.
And he insists securing a spot in the Championship will make it a birthday to remember.
He said: “I usually just go for a meal and have a few drinks with my family, but that's been put on hold this year. All of my focus is helping us win promotion.
“My best-ever presents were probably a pair of Umbro goalkeeper's gloves or a pair of Adidas Predator football boots that I bugged my dad for.
“But winning the play-offs at Wembley would be the ultimate present and make it a special day for more than one reason.”
Moore was thrown in at the deep end against Carlisle in just his fourth start for the club following an injury to Richard Lee.
He added: “It was bitter-sweet really because on one hand it was fantastic to play at Wembley in front of thousands of people, but on the other hand I felt very deflated because we lost the game.
“It gives you that drive to go there and win this time. It didn't turn out how I would've liked, but I'll be doing everything I possibly can to make sure we win and Brentford are playing Championship football next season.
“This has been an crazy, unbelievable year and to finish it off at Wembley would be amazing for myself and everyone connected with the club.”
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