Championship
BrentfordBrentford3WiganWigan Athletic0
Jota
Jota's goal took Brentford above Ipswich Town into fifth place on goals scored

Brentford will face Middlesbrough in the Championship play-offs after they comfortably beat relegated Wigan.

The Bees were lifted into the final play-off spot on goal difference after Alex Pritchard's first-half free-kick.

Jota's goal took the hosts into fifth place, above Ipswich Town on goals scored, before Andre Gray made it 3-0.

Despite James Tarkowski's late missed penalty, Brentford - promoted from League One last team - sealed fifth as Ipswich lost 3-2 at Blackburn.

Elsewhere, Derby lost 3-0 to Reading while Wolves won 4-2 against already-relegated Millwall, meaning the Molineux side missed out on a play-off place on goal difference.

Wigan had the first chance of the game when Marc-Antoine Fortune powered down the left wing but David Button parried his shot away and also saved from Gaetan Bong.

Fortune had a goal disallowed before Pritchard put the hosts in front, the midfielder's long-range free-kick taking a deflection off the wall and beating Lee Nicholls.

Buoyed by the opener, which took Brentford in the final play-off spot as it stood, the onrushing Alan Judge almost doubled their advantage.

Jota made it 2-0 immediately after the restart when he tapped home following Moses Odubajo's through ball, and Gray grabbed a third for Brentford 10 minutes from time with a close-range shot after Jota's pass.

There was late drama as Nicholls saved defender Tarkowski's late penalty for the hosts, after Judge was tripped up by Don Cowie in the area.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "I'm delighted for the players and supporters. We always said where can we be by 2 May, and here we are in fifth.

"We spoke to players on 25 June, the first day of pre-season training, and told them we had no doubt where we could go. And they've achieved it.

"It could have come down to one goal, there are so many late goals in this division. But once we knew Derby were 3-0 down we could enjoy the last couple of minutes."

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell: "It was frustrating, especially in the second half, we were not good enough in every department.

"We knew they would come at us and we didn't deal with it. I won't accept performances like that. We have a long summer ahead of us to do something about it.

"We need people to come to the club who want to be at the club, and who want success. We will work very hard to get the right characters in and rebuild."

Alan Judge and Emmerson Boyce
Brentford's Alan Judge shoots as Wigan Athletic's Emmerson Boyce challenges
Jota
Brentford celebrate after Jota's goal put them into fifth place

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forMcCormackat 83'minutes
  • 8Douglas
  • 23Jota
  • 18Judge
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forDallasat 71'minutes
  • 19GraySubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 12McCormack
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 35Udumaga

Wigan

  • 13Nicholls
  • 24Perch
  • 4MaguireBooked at 72mins
  • 28Pearce
  • 17Boyce
  • 39ChowSubstituted forFloresat 64'minutes
  • 19Cowie
  • 16KimSubstituted forPennantat 45'minutes
  • 20BongBooked at 60mins
  • 10Mckay
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forRoblesat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 15Pennant
  • 25Barnett
  • 37Flores
  • 46Robles
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
11,842

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

  4. Post update

    Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! James Tarkowski (Brentford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Brentford. Alan Judge draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Judge.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jermaine Pennant (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  13. Post update

    Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Alan McCormack replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Andre Gray.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Wigan Athletic. Louis Robles tries a through ball, but Billy McKay is caught offside.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 3, Wigan Athletic 0. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jota with a through ball.

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