Kamohelo Mokotjo's dreams of playing in the Premier League next season were dashed on Tuesday after Brentford lost to Fulham in the play-off final.
Just a single change for Brentford from the win over Swansea City saw Josh Dasilva, while Mokotjo missed out once again.
Fulham urgently pushed for a quick opener with Josh Onomah unleashing from a distance with four minutes on the clock, but David Raya produced an equally solid save.
Raya was on his toes within 17 minutes after plugging Onomah’s rasping drive from the top corner, while a big clearance from Michael Hector denied Bryan Mbeumo a tap-in at the other end.
The contest became evenly balanced as halftime loomed, with chances in front of goal from either side reduced to a glaring premium.
In the second half, the Cottagers were metres away from hitting the front after Neeskens Kebano fired into the side-netting two minutes in following a free-kick.
Bobby Reid should’ve made a cross to the back-post inside 59 minutes count but after getting into position, dragged wide and well off target.
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Brentford showed more urgency just under the final 20 minutes as Ollie Watkins brought Marek Rodak to a smart save after good work from Mathias Jensen.
A spell of sustained pressure from the Bees with seven minutes to go culminated in a looping strike from Henrik Dalsgaard which flew over.
The match went to extra-time after a goalless 90 minutes, and Fulham broke the deadlock in the 105th minute after Joe Bryan stupendously sent a 30-yard curler past Raya from the right-inside channel.
Bryan grabbed a brace in the 117th minute with a simple right-footed finish after breaking into the area following some neat build-up play.
Brentford responded in the final minute of extra time through Dalsgaard who found space in the area to head home but it was too little too late as Fulham returned to the big time.