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Brentford 2-0 Watford: Ivan Toney and Marcus Forss strike as Hornets surrender title race with Norwich confirmed as champions Brentford hosted Watford on Saturday in west London in the Championship   Marcus Forss opened the scoring after the break following a goalless first-half Ivan Toney doubled the lead from the spot, with the Bees seeing the game out Watford are already promoted but their defeat confirmed Norwich as champions

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 17:18 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 17:18 BST, 1 May 2021

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The Championship play-offs usually defy such banal things as form and statistics but at least Brentford enter this end-of-season lottery with the advantage of momentum.

This comfortable win over Watford was their third on the spin and an 11th match undefeated. Only time will tell if any of this matters but at the moment Thomas Frank’s men can do little more.

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It was a memorable afternoon for their brilliant striker Ivan Toney whose second-half penalty made it 30 Championship goals for the season, equalling the number scored by Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray in 2012-13.

Brentford confirmed third place in the Championship on Saturday with a victory over Watford

Brentford confirmed third place in the Championship on Saturday with a victory over Watford

Watford's promotion was already confirmed but the Hornets surrendered the title challenge

Watford's promotion was already confirmed but the Hornets surrendered the title challenge 

Toney has next Saturday’s trip to Bristol City to beat Murray’s tally, which is a record for the Championship since it was renamed in 2004.

His spot-kick, after Marcus Forss had opened the scoring just after half-time, ensured a third-place finish for Brentford and a home second leg tie in the semi-finals.

If that even counts for an advantage in what is typically one of football’s most unpredictable events, with the small matter of £100million plus riding on it all.

Their hard work is only just beginning as they try and avenge last season’s play-off final loss to Fulham but, of the quartet extending their seasons, they appear to be in the best shape.

BRE V WAT MATCH FACTS

Brentford (3-5-2): Raya; Jansson (c), Norgaard, Sorensen; Roerslev (Stevens 89), Bidstrup (Goode 80), Jensen (Marcondes 80), Fosu, Canos; Forss (Ghoddos 73), Toney (Mbeumo 73)

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Substitutes not used: Daniels (GK); Reid, Janelt, Gordon

Manager: Thomas Frank

Scorers: Forss 46; Toney pen 60

Booked: Bidstrup, Canos

Watford (4-3-3): Bachmann; Cathcart, Kabasele, Sierralta, Masina; Cleverley (c) (Success 30), Hughes (Wilmot 85), Gosling (Pochettino 85); Hungbo (Zinckernagel 23), Gray (Perica 85), Sema

Substitutes not used: Foster

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