Brentford learn from last year's play-off disappointment

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Brentford overcame Leyton Orient at the weekend to take second position with two games in hand on the team below – but nothing is a certainty yet.

10-man Brentford put in a great performance against promotion rivals Leyton Orient in the east v west London derby this weekend. The win has put them in an automatic promotion position as they sit one point off Wolves and have two games in hand over Orient directly below them. 

Brentford also won the Community Club of the Year award last night, to put the gloss on a brilliant weekend which also saw news of their new stadium confirmed.The 20,000-seater ground is set to cost £71 million and will include 910 new homes, a hotel and retail outlets.

The Bees came close to promotion last season after finishing third with the best home record in the league. It wasn't to be for Brentford though, as they were beaten by Yeovil in the final at Wembley. 

Bees manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9: "The players have learned from last year's disappointment and hopefully we're in good shape to keep pushing forward.

They overcame Orient and were unlucky to have scored just one, despite centre-back Tarkowski being shown a second yellow card just four minutes into the second half. O's fans already high expectations were raised at this point, but their team was unable to go on and make the one man advantage count. The O's were unlucky to miss out on a play-off spot last season, but currently sit 22 points above seventh position.

Brentford are nine points better off than they were at the same stage last season, having played three games less. In a great season for the Bees they have already won as many home games as they did last season – despite winning the most.

The League One title could go right to the last day with Brentford playing Stevenage at home, Orient travelling to MK Dons and Wolves travelling to Carlisle. Stevenage and Carlisle sit 21st and 20th and their league one status could still be saved on the final day, so wins for the top two is no certain thing.

Impressive Bees midfielder Adam Forshaw insisted before the win at the weekend that the title was Wolves' to lose. Going into the final 11 games of the season anything can happen in League One – the 3rd of May is set to be an explosive day.

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