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Griffin Park (ATT 11,874) 18th April 2015 - Kick off 15:00

Brentford Brentford vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton

Brentford 2

A Pritchard (35)
J Douglas (42)


Bolton 2

A Le Fondre (39)
M Davies (71)

Brentford's play-off hopes hit by 2-2 draw with Bolton

Last Updated: 20/04/15 8:58am

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Brentford's Championship play-off hopes were dealt a major blow in a no-holds-barred 2-2 draw with Bolton

Brentford's Championship play-off hopes were dealt a major blow in a no-holds-barred 2-2 draw with Bolton.

The hosts were twice ahead in a game they needed to win, but were pegged back thanks to a defensive howler.

Alex Pritchard gave Brentford the advantage just after the half-hour but Adam Le Fondre equalised. Jonathan Douglas restored the lead but James Tarkowski's error gifted a second leveller to Mark Davies.

Brentford lacked the fluency and flair that has got them to the fringes of the play-off chase and looked jaded in the face of a physical Bolton outfit.

Referee Carl Boyeson did little to calm a charged atmosphere at Griffin Park, allowing a string of challenges from the visitors to go unpunished including a two-footed lunge from Emile Heskey.

The Londoners were always looking to play their football and Pritchard twice went close with early dipping free-kicks.

Bolton looked dangerous against a square Brentford back four and Tarkowski had to clear Liam Feeney's bobbling angled drive off the line.

Former England striker Heskey also forced a fingertip save from Button when he skipped past the home defence inside the first 10 minutes.

At the other end Gray came close to replying to Le Fondre's equaliser when he turned his man on halfway and raced on to fire a rasping drive against the far post and out.

The opener came when when Andre Gray broke down the right and crossed for Alan Judge, who found Pritchard at the far post to fire home.

But Brentford held the lead for just four minutes, Heskey playing in Le Fondre to slide home from an acute angle with the Bees defence flat-footed.

Mark Warburton's side edged into the lead again just before the break when Douglas powered a header back across Trotters keeper Adam Bogdan and in off the post from Judge's pinpoint cross.

After the break both sides settled into a physical war of attrition, with the midfields holding sway as the Bees poured forward looking for the winner and Bolton packed their defence.

Douglas forced a save from Bogdan before Brentford were rocked by a second Bolton equaliser. Davies pounced on an underhit Tarkoswki back-pass to slot home into the empty goal.

Jota's low cross to the far post was inches away from being turned home by substitute Stuart Dallas and centre-back Harlee Dean was thrown up front for the final 10 minutes as Brentford desperately searched for the winner, but Bolton stood firm.

Defeat leaves Brentford three points outside the top six with two games remaining.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26