Brentford 2-1 Cardiff City

Anthony Pilkington

Anthony Pilkington heads just wide for Cardiff in the first period at Griffin Park

Cardiff City’s Championship play-off hopes suffered a blow as Scott Hogan’s late double earned Brentford victory.

All three goals were scored in the final five minutes, leaving the Bluebirds six points outside the play-off berths with three matches left.

Hogan scrambled home from a corner after Yoann Barbet hit the crossbar, and raced on to Lasse Vibe’s pass to double the lead three minutes later.

Sub Kenneth Zohore scored a consolation for Cardiff one minute from time.

The Bluebirds enjoyed the better of the first half, although they tested goalkeeper David Button only sporadically.

Cardiff were confident on the ball and impressive, especially on the counter, but wasted a host of chances.

Anthony Pilkington was the worst offender, shooting wide, over and forcing a save from Button within the opening 30 minutes.


Peter Whittingham shoots at goal

He also had a strong penalty appeal waved away after he tangled with Harlee Dean.

Nico Yennaris had an early effort blocked for Brentford before Josh Clarke’s measured cross evaded Vibe by inches.

After the interval, Marshall parried away Alan McCormack’s 25-yard shot then kept out the rebound.

Vibe, having combined perfectly with Ryan Woods, could only shoot tamely at Marshall from eight yards out as the hosts began to dominate.

Dean headed wide from a teasing Jake Bidwell free-kick before Marshall saved from Bidwell.

Pilkington forced Button into action in a rare City counter-attack, before Hogan’s double.

Zohore made a big impact and, after pulling a goal back for Cardiff, fired over as they piled forward late on in search of a point.

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