Early Middlesbrough celebrations gee up Brentford for Championship play-off second leg

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Brentford goalkeeper David Button feels the Middlesbrough celebrations after their 2-1 first leg play-off win last Friday were excessive and premature.

A late winner from Fernando Amorebieta gave the Teessiders a dramatic 2-1 win in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final first leg at Griffin Park, and this Friday's return leg is finely balanced.

But the smart money is on the home side using their advantage at the Riverside, particularly as the narrow victory signalled three wins in a row for Middlesbrough this season over their play-off rivals.

But Brentford 'keeper David Button is taking motivation from the celebrations at the end of the game, and is justified in claiming the tie is far from over.

Button spoke to Get West London, saying: “They celebrated as if they had already won. That's an extra incentive. We've got to put that to the back of our minds. The longer teams continue to undermine us the better. It didn't hurt us but has given us a motivation for next week. We'll use that and hopefully it'll backfire on them next week.

"If they think the tie is won, we can use that like we have all season."

It is typical of the backs-to-the-wall ethos that has carried Brentford forward all season, as the perennially unfancied Londoners look to reward departing manager Mark Warburton with a Wembley finale.

In truth, the nature of Middlesbrough's late win was bound to prompt celebrations of sorts, and any team on the receiving end is right to use that as a motivating factor. It is open to question whether 'Boro's celebrations were excessive and premature, or just a heat-of-the-moment reaction.

Either way, there is always a sense of relief when the first leg is completed, and the task required to move a step nearer the Premier League jackpot is that little bit clearer. Brentford now have to overturn a first leg deficit at the Riverside, where Aitor Karanka's men have a strong record this season.

But equally the Bees have won 11 games on the road in the regular season, and Button feels there is plenty in the tie yet: “It's only half time but it's important to go into next week knowing we're a goal behind. We know what we've got to do now in go there and win."

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