Stevenage moved into the League One play-offs after Brentford struck the woodwork with two penalties.

Jamaal Lascelles felled Clinton Morrison, but Clayton Donaldson struck the bar from the spot for the Bees.

Sam Saunders then rattled the post after Donaldson was fouled by Jon Ashton, before Craig Reid slotted the hosts ahead at the other end.

Luke Freeman rifled in from 25 yards for Boro, before Saunders pulled one back with a fine free-kick late on.

Stevenage are now sixth in the table, two points ahead of Notts County, who earlier lost to Bury, with two games to go.

Defeat all but ends any lingering play-off hopes for the Bees, who are now five points behind Stevenage.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"The referee had to do what he had to do, he gave the penalty.

"But he should have shown more bravery, the player should have been sent off.

"It's up to us to score from two penalties so we don't need to look at the referee or to anybody else.

"We should have been up by two, we have to score from two penalties it's as simple as that."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 30 Lascelles Booked
  • 02 Wilson
  • 08 Long (Byrom - 46' )
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 10 Reid (Mousinho - 65' )
  • 15 Freeman Booked
  • 29 Agyemang (Beardsley - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 13 Byrom
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 20 Beardsley
  • 27 Slew

Brentford

  • 31 Moore
  • 14 Logan
  • 22 Osborne (Legge - 77' )
  • 23 Thompson (Forrester - 63' )
  • 24 Bidwell Booked
  • 25 Dean
  • 07 Saunders Booked
  • 08 Douglas Booked
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 17 Morrison

Substitutes

  • 06 Balkestein
  • 32 Legge
  • 04 Bean
  • 18 McGinn
  • 19 Forrester
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 4,256

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

4 3

Corners

3 7

Fouls

13 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:13

Toumani Diagouraga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman. Scott Laird takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:48 Booking

Booking Jake Bidwell receives a yellow card.

90:00 +0:28

Jake Bidwell challenges Chris Beardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lawrie Wilson.

89:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Saunders - Stevenage 2 - 1 Brentford Sam Saunders scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-1 Brentford.

88:35 Booking

Booking Luke Freeman is cautioned.

88:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Freeman on Harry Forrester.

87:15

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders from the right by-line to the near post, Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.

87:01

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Michael Bostwick gets a block in.

85:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Legge on Mark Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

85:09

Clayton Donaldson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

84:02

Effort from inside the area by Chris Beardsley misses to the right of the goal.

81:54

Free kick crossed left-footed by Joel Byrom.

81:54 Booking

Booking Sam Saunders is given a yellow card.

81:33

Unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson by Sam Saunders results in a free kick.

78:52

Sam Saunders takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jon Ashton.

76:19 Substitution

Substitution (Brentford) makes a substitution, with Leon Legge coming on for Karleigh Osborne.

76:19 Substitution

Substitution Chris Beardsley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Patrick Agyemang.

74:45

The assistant referee flags for offside against Patrick Agyemang. Harlee Dean restarts play with the free kick.

72:26

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

71:02 Booking

Booking Jonathan Douglas goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

70:34

Jonathan Douglas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson. Chris Day takes the free kick.

69:57

Sam Saunders takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

68:57

Joel Byrom takes a corner.

68:44

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save by Simon Moore.

67:13

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders played to the near post, Karleigh Osborne produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

66:23

Unfair challenge on Shaleum Logan by Patrick Agyemang results in a free kick. Simon Moore takes the direct free kick.

65:50

Patrick Agyemang concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Bidwell. Jake Bidwell restarts play with the free kick.

64:29 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid goes off and John Mousinho comes on.

62:32

Sam Saunders crosses the ball, Chris Day makes a save.

62:32 Substitution

Substitution Harry Forrester on for Adam Thompson.

62:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lawrie Wilson on Jake Bidwell.

61:40

Corner taken short by Toumani Diagouraga.

60:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Freeman - Stevenage 2 - 0 Brentford Luke Freeman scores a goal from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-0 Brentford.

59:10

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders to the near post, clearance made by Scott Laird.

57:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Douglas on Michael Bostwick. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

56:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders from the left by-line, clearance by Scott Laird.

55:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaleum Logan by Joel Byrom. Adam Thompson takes the free kick.

54:58

The offside flag is raised against Clayton Donaldson. Chris Day takes the direct free kick.

52:37

Clinton Morrison challenges Jamaal Lascelles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

52:21

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Karleigh Osborne.

51:10

Lawrie Wilson provided the assist for the goal.

51:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Reid - Stevenage 1 - 0 Brentford Craig Reid grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Brentford.

47:50 Penalty

Placed penalty missed by Sam Saunders.

47:50

Jon Ashton gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Stacy Long leaves the field to be replaced by Joel Byrom.

45:00 +2:24 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:23

Jon Ashton challenges Clayton Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sam Saunders, Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.

44:43

Unfair challenge on Luke Freeman by Shaleum Logan results in a free kick. Chris Day takes the free kick.

42:30

Foul by Harlee Dean on Lawrie Wilson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Luke Freeman, save by Simon Moore.

41:11

Foul by Karleigh Osborne on Patrick Agyemang, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stacy Long, save made by Simon Moore.

40:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Thompson on Luke Freeman. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

39:38

Patrick Agyemang has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

39:10

Patrick Agyemang fouled by Harlee Dean, the ref awards a free kick. Jamaal Lascelles restarts play with the free kick.

38:38

Jonathan Douglas has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

37:01

Luke Freeman has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

36:02

Corner taken left-footed by Luke Freeman, clearance made by Adam Thompson.

35:19

Clayton Donaldson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Roberts. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

33:56

Toumani Diagouraga challenges Lawrie Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Laird takes the free kick.

33:02

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Simon Moore makes a save.

32:35 Booking

Booking Jamaal Lascelles is given a yellow card.

32:14

Luke Freeman fouled by Jonathan Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

30:41 Penalty

Penalty taken by Clayton Donaldson and missed.

28:31

Foul by Jon Ashton on Clinton Morrison, free kick awarded. Sam Saunders crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

27:11

Jamaal Lascelles concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Morrison. Sam Saunders restarts play with the free kick.

24:47

Luke Freeman has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

23:16

Craig Reid fouled by Karleigh Osborne, the ref awards a free kick. Stacy Long restarts play with the free kick.

20:56

Shaleum Logan concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Laird. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

17:29

The referee blows for offside. Karleigh Osborne takes the free kick.

15:08

Effort from long distance by Michael Bostwick goes wide right of the goal.

12:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson by Michael Bostwick. Free kick taken by Sam Saunders.

10:43

Sam Saunders fouled by Mark Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Bidwell takes the direct free kick.

8:15

Corner taken by Sam Saunders.

6:49

Jamaal Lascelles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sam Saunders, clearance by Jon Ashton.

2:33

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stacy Long, save made by Simon Moore.

1:37

Unfair challenge on Toumani Diagouraga by Michael Bostwick results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Harlee Dean.

0:00

The match begins.

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