Rosler glad to avoid late woe

Uwe Rosler praised Brentford’s mental strength after a penalty

shootout win over Swindon finally booked a place in the League One

play-off final.

Brentford were denied automatic promotion when Marcello Trotta

missed a stoppage-time penalty nine days ago and they endured more

late heartbreak when Aden Flint’s last gasp header forced

extra-time at Griffin Park.

The sides remained locked at 3-3, with the tie 4-4 on aggregate,

but they were separated in the shootout as Miles Storey’s miss

allowed Adam Forshaw to score the winning kick, setting up a

Wembley clash against Yeovil.

Adam Rooney’s own goal and Clayton Donaldson’s double had put

Brentford into a commanding 3-1 lead, but Joe Devera added to

Rooney’s goal at the right end before Flint’s late header.

“Swindon took us to the wire,” Rosler said.

“But the way we played for 120 minutes, just 48 hours after the

last match, was magnificent and we deserved to go through.

“After what had happened before, and to concede in the last

second again, for them to come back psychologically… they never

felt sorry for themselves and they never stopped.

“I am privileged to have a squad like this in my first job in

English football.”