Football - Boss pleased with Robins effort

Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald praised his side's character despite the disappointment of seeing their promotion dream ended by Brentford.

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The Bees will play Yeovil in the play-off final at Wembley on May 19 after overcoming the Robins 5-4 on penalties following a 3-3 draw at Griffin Park which meant the tie finished all square at 4-4 on aggregate.

Miles Storey missed Swindon's fourth spot-kick. That left Adam Forshaw to step up and score the winning penalty and send Brentford through.

MacDonald, who felt Nathan Byrne's red card in the 101st minute was a pivotal moment in the second leg, said: "The character of the team has been fantastic all the way through the season.

"You saw that again, but the sending-off turned the game.

"Miles showed a lot of character to step up there. I am proud of him, but someone had to miss."

After the 1-1 draw in the first leg at the County Ground just 48 hours earlier, Brentford edged ahead early on when Harry Forrester whipped in a corner and Adam Rooney diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Clayton Donaldson made it 2-0 with a shot from outside the box but a mistake in Brentford's midfield allowed Rooney to pull one back before half-time.

Straight after the break Donaldson raced clear to restore Brentford's two-goal lead, and that should have been that.

But Joe Devera swept in a half-cleared cross to reduce the deficit and Aden Flint headed an equaliser in injury time to send the tie to extra time, and ultimately penalties.

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