Brentford won promotion to the Championship after beating Preston thanks to Alan Judge's penalty.

Defeats for Leyton Orient and Rotherham mean the Bees are back in the second tier for the first time since 1992-93.

Judge sent keeper Declan Rudd the wrong way after a foul on George Saville.

Judge had a second spot-kick in the second half after Bailey Wright was penalised for holding Clayton Donaldson but the Irishman slipped and sent his effort over the crossbar.

The final whistle saw a pitch invasion at Griffin Park but Brentford had to wait for confirmation of Rotherham's result at Wolves, with the Millers losing 6-4 despite a late fightback.

Brentford started the brighter of the two sides, with Judge's shot from distance forcing Rudd to parry over.

Alan Judge scores for Brentford against Preston North End as the Bees seal promotion to the Championship

On-loan winger Alan Judge scored the penalty which won Brentford promotion to the second tier for the first time in 21 years but missed with a second effort from the spot in the second half

The home side took the lead on the half hour with Wright giving away a penalty after a scramble in the box, and on-loan winger Judge drilled low and hard to the keeper's left.

Preston came close to an equaliser after the break as Chris Humphrey dragged his shot wide of the goal and Alan Browne narrowly sent a header past the post.

The Bees had a chance to double their lead with 10 minutes remaining but Judge was unable to convert from the spot a second time.

Brentford return to second tier

  • Brentford will be back in the second tier for the first time since 1992-93
  • The Bees have spent only eight seasons at that level since the end of World War Two, with the rest of those years coming between 1947 and 1954
  • Automatic promotion means the Griffin Park club will not face a play-off campaign; they have lost on their seven previous attempts

The west London side, who narrowly missed out on automatic promotion from League One last season and were then beaten in the play-off final by Yeovil, moved 10 points clear of third-placed Leyton Orient with three games of the campaign remaining.

With Brentford set to move into a new 20,000-seater stadium at Lionel Road for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, chief executive Mark Devlin says the club will look to establish themselves in the second tier, where they have spent only eight seasons since the end of the World War Two.

"I almost feel like bursting into tears," Devlin told BBC London 94.9.

"The club has been slowly but surely on the rise over the last couple of years. I think this club will be a threat to others now.

"This is going to put us on the map. We have a great group of players and the staff behind the scenes and you can see what it means to supporters after so many near misses.

"We have got a bit of status to us and the club is on the rise now."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"I'm delighted with the performance and the way the boys applied themselves.

"It was a big day and they are not fools. They know all the various permutations of what had to happen.

"They have been magnificent all season.

"It's great the boys can enjoy themselves now. I'm delighted for the owner Matthew Benham as the footballing department has started to repay some of the faith and support he has shown to us.

"It is a big step and we have got a long-term plan in place."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We said before the game that we wanted to make sure we didn't want to turn this into a party and have them celebrating promotion here.

"There weren't enough players that turned up today to stop that from happening.

"When you don't turn up and produce a performance with or without the ball, you're not going to win against anybody, especially against a strong team that are looking for automatic promotion."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 17 Saville (Diagouraga - 86' )
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 05 Craig
  • 18 Judge Booked
  • 08 Douglas
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 15 Dallas Booked (Grigg - 84' )
  • 29 Trotta (Reeves - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 11 Grigg
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves
  • 28 Yennaris
  • 32 Adams

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 22 King
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 07 Humphrey (Davies - 71' )
  • 31 Browne Booked
  • 17 Davies Booked (Holmes - 54' )
  • 10 Beavon
  • 37 Kilkenny Booked (Gallagher - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 04 Huntington
  • 09 Davies
  • 11 Holmes
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 30 Brownhill
Ref: Keith Hill
Att: 10,774

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

3 2

Corners

9 4

Fouls

13 25

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 1, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +3:41

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:41

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

90:00 +2:46

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:46

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

90:00 +1:29

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

90:00 +1:29

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:31

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

89:31

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:33

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tony Craig.

87:03

Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:37

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

85:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga replaces George Saville.

84:20

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:20

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

83:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Stuart Dallas.

82:00

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:58

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

80:28

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Alan Judge should be disappointed.

79:35

Penalty Brentford. Clayton Donaldson draws a foul in the penalty area.

79:35

Penalty conceded by Bailey Wright (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

79:11 Booking

Booking Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Marcello Trotta.

74:46

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Scott Laird.

74:28

Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:12

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

73:24

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:44

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:44

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

71:18

Attempt missed. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Chris Humphrey.

69:30

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:30

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

68:49

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:14

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

67:36

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:00

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

67:00

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:03

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

66:03

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:20

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

63:29 Booking

Booking Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

62:55

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:16

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

61:42

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:42

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

61:31

Hand ball by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

59:32

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

59:32

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:59

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

58:09

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

57:42

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:42

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

56:41

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:41

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

55:30

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:39

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:39

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

54:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Neil Kilkenny.

53:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Craig Davies.

53:35

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

52:19

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:19

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

51:21

Attempt blocked. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:01

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

48:13

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

48:13

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:29

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

46:25

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

46:14

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 1, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +3:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 1, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +2:44 Booking

Booking Stuart Dallas (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +2:38

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

45:00 +2:38

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:42

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack King.

45:00 +0:17

Attempt blocked. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:25

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:25

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

39:34

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

39:34

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:34

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:34

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

36:43 Booking

Booking Craig Davies (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

36:33

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:33

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

34:49 Booking

Booking Alan Judge (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

33:05

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

33:05

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:46

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:46

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

32:01

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

29:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Preston North End 0. Alan Judge (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

28:20

Penalty Brentford. George Saville draws a foul in the penalty area.

28:20

Penalty conceded by Bailey Wright (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

28:05

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

26:32

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

26:32

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:55

Craig Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:55

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

23:06

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

23:06

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:09 Booking

Booking Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

22:00

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:59

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

19:18

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

19:18

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:52

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

18:42

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

17:36

Craig Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:36

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

16:14

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

15:53

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

15:25

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

14:39

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

14:39

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:26

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack King.

10:14

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:58

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

8:46

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

8:13

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:13

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

5:44

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:44

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

1:05

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

1:05

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:19

Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:19

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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