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Ahead of the first leg on the South Coast, Brentford had put together a 12-match unbeaten streak in the second tier and Bournemouth were on a run of three successive defeats.
As is often the way with the EFL playoffs, the form book went out of the window as Jonathan Woodgate‘s side returned to form with a narrow victory.
Both teams will feel that they should have gotten more from the game, but the lack of ruthlessness in the final third has left this tie finely balanced ahead of the game in the capital.
Having gone two matches without finding the back of the net, Groeneveld took his tally to 16 goals for the season with the decisive strike after the break.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman will be aware that he may need to replicate his contribution to help fend off opponents who will not be discouraged by the narrowest of defeats.
Arnaut Danjuma’s second-half goal earned Bournemouth a narrow 1-0 victory over Brentford at the Vitality Stadium on Monday, on a night where our man Mark Walker delivered another profitable match preview.
That win has increased the Cherries chances of making an instant return to the top of English football but there is still work to do if they are to progress to the final.
Brentford found themselves in this position last season but went on to overturn a first-leg deficit to seal their passage to the Wembley showpiece