Second win in as many games left them 12 points clear of the bottom three
Rock-bottom Bolton will be relegated if they lose at Derby on Saturday
Bolton fans have needed a dose of Gallows humour to get through this season as they face up to the reality of relegation.
And as Lasse Vibe headed home his second and Brentford’s third goal of the night, the 376 travelling fans broke out a rendition of: ‘Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) we’re going to Shrewsbury’.
Bolton may be League One bound but Nico Yennaris’ strike and Vibe’s double means it is unlikely that Brentford will be joining them.
After a poor start to 2016, Brentford notched up their second successive win to move 12 points clear of the bottom three.
But for Bolton their fate could be sealed on Saturday when they face Derby.
It could have been even worse for Bolton as Vibe had two chances to give the home side the lead inside the first minute. First was a shot from the corner of the area which was deflected to safety and and then from the resulting corner a header that went wide of Ben Amos’ post,
Alan Judge then saw his cross come back off the crossbar and the on-rushing Sam Saunders put the rebound just wide.
But Brentford eventually took the lead through Yennaris after a good team move. Judge played the ball back to Ryan Woods and his scuffed shot fell kindly to the the full back who slotted past Amos from six yards out.
Brentford doubled their lead midway though the first half when Vibe walked through the Bolton defence and was even afforded two attempts before being given the time to pick his spot to fire past three static defenders and into the net.
MATCH FACTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE
Brentford: Button,Colin (Clarke 85), Dean, Barbet, Bidwell, McCormack, Yennaris, Woods, Judge, Saunders (Canos 69), Vibe (Hogan 82).
Subs Not Used: Bonham, Kerschbaumer, O'Connell, Gogia.
Goals: Yennaris 17,Vibe 26,36.
Bolton: Amos,Maher, Osede, Finney (Wheater 46), Moxey, Woolery (Samizadeh 85), Trotter, Pratley, Walker (Danns 52),Vela, Clough.
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Heskey, Wilson, Twardzik.
Goals: Clough 70 pen.
Ref: Andy Davies (Hampshire).
Zach Clough tried to get the visitors back into the game with a rare Bolton attack into the Brentford half - but his shot went over David Button’s bar.
Clough was proving to be Bolton’s one bright spark and he almost embarrassed Button as he nicked the ball off him as he delayed over a clearance and forced a corner.
But Brentford extended their lead even further before the break when Judge’s pinpoint cross gave Vibe an easy job to head home his second of the night in front of the visiting fans who then broke out into their ironic song.
That goal before the break was the 33rd goal Bolton have conceded in the first half this season.
It was Bolton’s 22nd defeat of the season and was easy to see why at times as they offered very little going forward and were poor defensively.
Caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips said: ‘We were dreadful defensively in the first half.
‘Alex Finny is one of the quickest players at the club and he was in there to deal with any balls over the top and he failed and that is down to a lack of experience.
‘The facts are there that we could go down, but with the games we have got left it is about time the players gave the fans something to be proud of.’
A rare attack in the second half saw Liam Trotter break clear but his shot went high and wide and into the away fans - who decided to amuse themselves by keeping the ball and throwing it around between themselves.
Brentford knew the game was won and took their foot off the gas in the second half and that did allow Bolton to have more of the ball.
And Kaiyne Woolery won a penalty when he ventured into the Brentford box and was brought down by Alan McCormack - and Clough slotted the ball past Button. But it was too little, too late for Bolton in the match and the season.
Brentford boss Dean Smith said: ‘We showed our intent from the first minute and we wanted to be on the front foot and we did that.
‘I think the contest was over at half time. We wanted to be professional and score more goals, we started the second half ok, but then took our foot off the gas.
‘Lasse Vibe has comeback from international duty with renewed confidence, he is part of the set up now with Denmark and he was very good and proved that with the goals and his movement.
‘The players will be looking up and aiming to get into the top 10 now.’