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VIDEO: Gone in 16 seconds – How Brentford threw away automatic promotion

by Aidan Elder | April 28, 2013

In the 95th minute of the last game of the season. You’re at home. You’ve got a penalty to claim the win that secures your automatic promotion. Gift horses with mouths this open don’t come along too often.

Sadly it didn’t work out for Brentford. On loan Fulham striker, Marcello Trotta crashed his penalty off the crossbar. After some scrambling, the ball breaks free and Doncaster launch a counter attack that ends up with James Coppinger sliding the ball into an empty net, in the process claiming the title for Rovers.

Heart-breaking stuff if you’re a Bee, an amazing YouTube clip for everyone else.


This fan footage from behind the goal also captures the events pretty well. Or at least the missed penalty part of events.


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