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Now or never for Brentford with vultures set to circle in the summer

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In a season of turbulence, it is a credit to Brentford that they are still even talked about as being in contention for a play-off spot with just nine games of the season to go.

Tipped by many as dark horses before the start of the season, and started looking well set to deliver on that promise.

That is until manager Dean Smith accepted the call to take over at boyhood club Aston Villa, leaving his assistant Thomas Frank to step in the fold.

After a stuttering start that saw The Bees briefly slip down the table, Frank was able to steady the ship and move Brentford into a position as one of the long list of clubs gathered together on the edge of the top six with just a handful of points between them.

With so many clubs able to be covered by the proverbial blanket, one slip up by any side could be crucial, and that is what will make Tuesday night’s result so frustrating for Bees fans.

Up against automatic promotion hopefuls Sheffield United, Frank’s side found themselves a goal down, only to see their hosts go a man down ten minutes before half time when Gary Madine saw red.

That position should have provided Brentford with the opportunity to take a confidence boosting scalp, but it would be The Blades who found a second late goal, and with it the three points, thanks to David McGoldrick.

That result comes as a blow for Brentford, and perhaps not just for this season.

The performances of several in Brentford colours are sure to have caught the eye this season, none more so than top scorer Neal Maupay, and if The Bees are to fall short of the play-offs in the summer, heads could be turned.

Add in to that the prospect of a new stadium to fund for Brentford, and big offers could become hard to turn down for club and player alike.

If that happens, then where that would leave Brentford on the pitch is anyone’s guess.

What it does mean however, is that while the play-offs may seem like a long shot for this season, they may just be the best shot that Brentford have.

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