Brentford 1 - 2 Yeovil Town

Match info: League One at Wembley Stadium

Date: 19/05/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: A D'Urso Att: 41,955

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Brentford

Harlee Dean 51

1
vs
2

Yeovil

Paddy Madden 6
Dan Burn 42

FT (ht: 0-2)

  • Last Updated: May 19 2013, 18:15 BST

Post-match reaction to Yeovil's 2-1 League One play-off final victory over Brentford.

Gary Johnson: Result means 'so much' to Yeovil boss
Gary Johnson: Result means 'so much' to Yeovil boss

Gary Johnson says his dreams have come true after he lifted his beloved Yeovil into the npower Championship for the first time in their history, just 10 years after taking them out of non-league football.

First-half goals from Paddy Madden and Dan Burn earned a Yeovil side with one of the smallest budgets in League One a 2-1 win over Brentford in the play-off final and a place in Glovers folklore.

"We all visualised winning at Wembley and that's what we did," he said. "My dreams have come true.

"Of course it means so much to me. Any achievement like this is fantastic. In football this is what you are in it for, especially when you've built it all up for 50-odd games and nine months.

"It has brought us closer together and made the club bigger and I am just very proud of the football club.

"It ranks very highly and sometimes you think this only happens to other people."

Brentford fought back in the second half, scoring a consolation goal through Harlee Dean before throwing caution to the wind in an attempt to force extra-time but, despite the bombardment, Johnson said he kept cool and confident throughout and dedicated the victory to the unsung heroes at Huish Park.

"My blood pressure was normal, I really did feel cool and calm," he revealed. "It was important to do that and they can't hear you out there anyway because both sets of supporters were giving it a go.

"I trust them so much and I just let them get on with it.

"This is for the whole club, the directors, our families and the players, the supporters and everyone who works at the club who has done a fantastic job over the last 10 years.

"They are unsung heroes and I am very pleased for them because they have stuck to it and they all entered into this commitment and this ambition to get to the Championship and they believed it."

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler believed his side deserved an equaliser in the second half but admitted nerves got the better of some of his squad.

Rosler's men, who will now spend a fifth season in the third tier after failing to win a game in normal time since April 13, were slow out of the traps and went a goal down inside six minutes.

And despite their second-half fightback, which saw them half the deficit through Dean before being denied by a string of fine saves by Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech, they failed to make the breakthrough, leaving Rosler to question whether the occasion got the better of his Bees.

"Some players were overwhelmed, especially at the beginning of the game," he said. "Our game didn't function as it should then the goal killed it even more in terms of confidence.

"I couldn't really see nerves in terms of the dressing room and the build up, I couldn't sense anything.

"But in the first half we were a bit nervous and one or two players just reacted and didn't act as much. That isn't a criticism but some of those players had never played in a stadium like that before.

"Every time we play Yeovil they don't need to work hard to get the first goal and when you go 1-0 down against Yeovil, who defend very deep in their own half, then you'll make life difficult.

"Our players had nothing to lose and lost their nerves. We then bombarded them in the second half and we really should have got an equaliser out of it."


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