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Bees in penalty sting.

BRENTFORD were able to celebrate spot-kick salvation after Alan Judge's 30th-minute penalty proved enough to book their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Almost a year after Marcello Trotta's final-day miss dramatically denied the Bees a place in the second tier, Judge kept his cool to put his side in front against play-off hopefuls Preston at Griffin Park.

Judge could even afford to miss a second penalty in the second half as his side held their nerve and results elsewhere conspired to spark wild celebrations in west London.

Brentford's promotion was partly made possible by a surprise 2-1 defeat for Leyton Orient at Crawley.

The long-time leaders of Sky Bet League One now face the agony of the play-offs after seeing their increasingly slim hopes of automatic promotion extinguished at Broadfield Stadium.

Gwion Edwards put the home side in front after 26 minutes and despite an equaliser from Chris Dagnall just before the break, Adam Drury's 70thminute header won it for the hosts.

And Brentford's promotion was finally rubberstamped when the final whistle blew on an extraordinary game between Wolves and Rotherham at Molineux.

In a match delayed by 10 minutes as a crowd of 30,110 flocked to the home side's promotion party, both Wolves' Nouha Dicko and Rotherham's Kieran Agard hit hat tricks before Wolves ran out 6-4 winners.

Agard's 14th-minute opener was cancelled out by Dicko, who hit a second while David Edwards added a third to give the home side a comfortable half-time advantage.

Agard reduced the deficit on the hour and although Dicko restored Wolves' two-goal cushion with 10 minutes remaining, the match was far from over.

Desperate for the points to boost their own playoff push, the Millers hit back through Joe Skarz on 84 minutes before Agard fashioned an equaliser four minutes later - but there was still time for Sam Ricketts and Kevin McDonald to seal an incredible win for Wolves.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 19, 2014
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