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No, don't close the thread, I think it the best thing that could have happened. I think we are better this year for the Premier League than we would have been last year, and instead of a season behind closed doors, we can watch at least some and maybe all of this new season. We would have missed our whole first year in the Premier League had we gone up last year. Would you really have missed that Glorious day at Wembley on 29 May for a behind closed doors TV experience (even if you were watching at home, having the crowd there made it better). No, celebrate last year, it has all worked out for the best.
 

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My missus always says that things happen for a reason. I'm wouldn't say I subscribe to that way of thinking, but I will say this: there was that goal and there was a certain penalty which hit the crossbar; look at what happened, a year (ish) after each of those events, to both team that were involved in the matched concerned.
 

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Doncaster we all felt a year or two later that it was a blessing in disguise, as it allowed us to become much better prepared as a team before going up again, including giving us a mental strength we didn't have before. This one....I don't know. I'd much rathered us win this one, I think the BMW team would have easily stayed up in the Prem with what they offered, we didn't need an extra year to 'build properly'.

If I could choose now I'd still opt to go to the Prem with Watkins and Benrahma last year, and we would have signed Toney regardless. Sure there are benefits like being able to see games with crowds, but I actually think the Prem will be harder this year than last.
 

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look at what happened, a year (ish) after each of those events, to both team that were involved in the matched concerned.

And how! Where are Yeovil now? And Doncaster? It's a tribute to Brentfort's management team that instead of giving up and sighing "it's Brentford innit" the club picked itself up and came back stronger the following season, finally gaining the promotion that it had worked so hard to achieve.

It's worth also noting that the club that was promoted to the Championship with Doncaster, AFC Bournemouth, went up to the Premier League a couple of seasons later, followed by a wholly meritorious run of five seasons in the top tier before finally succumbing to gravity. Why the difference between the two? Canny management, most likely.
 

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We were toilet that day. Total failure to turn up. That's what made it so painful. I'd have accepted us losing had we played well, but we were well off our game that day. Was made all the worse because my stream was delayed and a Fulham mate texted me: "Boom!" before I got to see that free kick go in. Utterly sickening.
 

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And how! Where are Yeovil now? And Doncaster? It's a tribute to Brentfort's management team that instead of giving up and sighing "it's Brentford innit" the club picked itself up and came back stronger the following season, finally gaining the promotion that it had worked so hard to achieve.

It's worth also noting that the club that was promoted to the Championship with Doncaster, AFC Bournemouth, went up to the Premier League a couple of seasons later, followed by a wholly meritorious run of five seasons in the top tier before finally succumbing to gravity. Why the difference between the two? Canny management, most likely.
Ignoring FFP to get promoted and having a more Premier ready squad.
 

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Of course things have worked out for the best in the end but it doesn’t mean these moments weren’t gut wrenching at the time.
 

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Doncaster we all felt a year or two later that it was a blessing in disguise, as it allowed us to become much better prepared as a team before going up again, including giving us a mental strength we didn't have before. This one....I don't know. I'd much rathered us win this one, I think the BMW team would have easily stayed up in the Prem with what they offered, we didn't need an extra year to 'build properly'.

If I could choose now I'd still opt to go to the Prem with Watkins and Benrahma last year, and we would have signed Toney regardless. Sure there are benefits like being able to see games with crowds, but I actually think the Prem will be harder this year than last.
We'll never know, will we.
Don't forget that route would have involved a year of empty stadiums and watching on Sky.

I can feel a lot more zen about it since 29th May anyway.

At the risk of going off topic I actually think the Championship will be harder this year, with teams struggling for cash post-Covid struggling against the parachute payment monsters. Glad we are out of that, at least. And if the PL is harder this year we'd still have needed to survive it, even if we'd survived 20/21!
 

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We were toilet that day. Total failure to turn up. .
Still don't agree with this narrative a year on.
Sure we weren't at our best and it could be argued that Parker did a job on TF, but it was 0-0 at FT, and took a "freak" goal to break the deadlock.
And having watched the 'highlights' since, we definitely had chances, and if refereeing decisions had gone our way (I.e. Mitrovic sent off for assault on Marcondes prior to the fateful free kick) we could easily have shaded it.
It was certainly not as bad as Crewe and Stoke PO Finals, that's for sure......
 

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I think both teams just knew it was finely balanced and didn't want to concede the first goal. Nothing deeper than that really. I think it's one of the reasons we attacked the game against Swansea, as we didn't want to do that again. I think we would have taken a more conservative approach if we hadn't already learned from the Fulham game.
 

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Still don't agree with this narrative a year on.
Sure we weren't at our best and it could be argued that Parker did a job on TF, but it was 0-0 at FT, and took a "freak" goal to break the deadlock.
And having watched the 'highlights' since, we definitely had chances, and if refereeing decisions had gone our way (I.e. Mitrovic sent off for assault on Marcondes prior to the fateful free kick) we could easily have shaded it.
It was certainly not as bad as Crewe and Stoke PO Finals, that's for sure......
Yeah possibly being a bit over dramatic. But my memory is of BMW basically creating nothing. They nullified our threat. I remember wondering where a goal was going to come from and contemplating penalties as our best bet.

Probably most annoying as we’d been carving teams open for fun.
 

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Still don't agree with this narrative a year on.
Sure we weren't at our best and it could be argued that Parker did a job on TF, but it was 0-0 at FT, and took a "freak" goal to break the deadlock.
And having watched the 'highlights' since, we definitely had chances, and if refereeing decisions had gone our way (I.e. Mitrovic sent off for assault on Marcondes prior to the fateful free kick) we could easily have shaded it.
It was certainly not as bad as Crewe and Stoke PO Finals, that's for sure......

I think that is fair, compared to previous play offs we were in the game throughout so it was probably the best stab at a final I'd seen before Swansea this year.
 

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We were toilet that day. Total failure to turn up. That's what made it so painful. I'd have accepted us losing had we played well, but we were well off our game that day. Was made all the worse because my stream was delayed and a Fulham mate texted me: "Boom!" before I got to see that free kick go in. Utterly sickening.
I trust you texted him "Boom Boom - Bees up Fulham down" on 29 May followed up by occasional messages simply with a picture of Basil Brush to remind Rupert
 

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I trust you texted him "Boom Boom - Bees up Fulham down" on 29 May followed up by occasional messages simply with a picture of Basil Brush to remind Rupert
He was actually pretty complimentary at the time of our play off win. More recently i did ask him if he was looking forward to the new Championship season which didnt go down too well. :ROFLMAO:
 
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