Brentford substitute Bryan Mbeumo scored the winner just two minutes after coming on as the 10-man Bees held on to beat Championship play-off rivals Bournemouth.
While that catapulted the Bees up above the Cherries into third, it also kept second-placed Watford waiting, for a few more hours at least, in their quest for automatic promotion.
A draw would have sent the Hornets up, but Brentford’s win did not deny Watford as their 1-0 win over Millwall later on Saturday ensured they will join Norwich in the Premier League next season.
As it was, Brentford made light of defender Pontus Jansson’s early second-half red card to end Bournemouth’s run of seven straight league wins – and officially book the Bees’ play-off place.
The winner came on 77 minutes when Ivan Toney’s shot was only parried by Asmir Begovic and Mbeumo neatly threaded home the rebound past two wrongfooted Cherries defenders.
In an even, well contested first half, both sides went close.
The Championship’s 29-goal top scorer Toney had a shot cleared off the line before Begovic’s fine fingertip save from Matthias Jensen.
But Bournemouth three times carved open the Brentford defence to have men clean through on goal without managing to test Bees keeper David Raya.
The pace of the game changed following Jansson’s red card after getting himself in a clumsy tangle as he tried to deal with the close attentions of Dominic Solanke in reacting to a ball dropping over his shoulder.
He had already been booked – and referee John Brooks deemed it worthy of a second yellow card. But it actually had a worse effect on Bournemouth.
Although the Bees sat back looking to protect a point, they still ended up having the better chances as Bournemouth proved punchless up front.
Begovic had to go full length to his right to keep out an awkwardly bouncing shot from Emiliano Marcondes.
But he immediately came off, as one of two changes, Mbeumo came on – and two minutes later Brentford hit their winner, only the third victory in their nine-match unbeaten run.
The Bees now host relegation battlers Rotherham on Tuesday, before Bournemouth return to action next Saturday at bottom club Wycombe.
Brentford ‘went for the win’ – reaction
Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate:
“To win seven league games in a row is a fantastic effort but it had to come to an end at some point.
“I can’t fault the players’ effort. Maybe we ran out of steam. I thought when they went down to 10 men we would win but they defended well.
“We had opportunities in the first half but the final ball and the decision-making was not good enough.
“I have said even when we have won games that we need to be better. We need to keep improving. We learn every game we play.”
Brentford boss Thomas Frank:
“I am more than delighted. I am immensely proud of the players and I hope the fans are as well.
“In the first half we were by far the better side and in the second half, when it was 10 against 11, they created zero chances.
“We went for the win. That says everything about the attitude and the togetherness.
“Sometimes you take some decisions and they pay off. The easy thing with 10 men is to be very defensive but we wanted to be positive”
- 15A SmithSubstituted forStaceyat 61′minutes
- 3S Cook
- 11WilshereSubstituted forSurridgeat 77′minutes
- 8LermaBooked at 68minsSubstituted forPearsonat 81′minutes
- 29BillingSubstituted forBrooksat 61′minutes
- 10Danjuma Groeneveld
- 18JanssonBooked at 50mins
- 30RasmussenSubstituted forGhoddosat 90+2′minutes
- 8JensenSubstituted forMarcondesat 74′minutes
- 27JaneltBooked at 87mins
- 7CanósSubstituted forGoodeat 54′minutes
- 24Fosu-HenrySubstituted forBech Sørensenat 55′minutes
- 15ForssBooked at 68minsSubstituted forMbeumoat 75′minutes
- 17ToneyBooked at 80mins
- 29Bech Sørensen
Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Brentford 1.
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Brentford 1.
Attempt blocked. David Brooks (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
David Brooks (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mads Bech Sørensen (Brentford).
Substitution, Brentford. Saman Ghoddos replaces Mads Rasmussen because of an injury.
Offside, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes tries a through ball, but Bryan Mbeumo is caught offside.
Vitaly Janelt (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mads Rasmussen (Brentford).
Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pearson with a cross.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Charlie Goode.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).
Substitution, Bournemouth. Ben Pearson replaces Jefferson Lerma.
Foul by Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth).
Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Ivan Toney (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Diego Rico (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ivan Toney (Brentford).