Brentford made light work of Ipswich Town as they nudged the Championship’s bottom club to the brink of relegation.
Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins scored within the space of eight first-half minutes as the Bees ended a run of five matches without a win.
Collin Quaner should have put Ipswich ahead moments before Maupay’s opener but hit the base of the post as he tried to dink the ball past Luke Daniels.
Ipswich will be relegated on Saturday if they fail to beat Birmingham City at home.
Paul Lambert has still only won three out of his 25 league matches since taking charge of Ipswich in November. The Suffolk club now look certain to drop into English football’s third tier for the first time since 1957.
At one stage in the evening’s other games, scores elsewhere meant Town were just a goal away from being relegated a year to the day that Mick McCarthy resigned after a home win against Barnsley.
Despite their inevitable plight, more than 1,600 fans made the trip to west London but, as has been the case for most of the season, had little to cheer about.
Brentford should have won by more but were wasteful at times in the final third.
Their early goals came when Maupay profited from Said Benrahma’s neat pass to fire in his 22nd league goal of the season – his 25th overall.
Romaine Sawyers then pounced on a slip in midfield by Flynn Downes that allowed Benrahma to slide the ball across the face of goal and give Watkins plenty of time to pick his spot.
Former Brentford man Alan Judge had Ipswich’s best chances of the second half on his first return to Griffin Park when he forced Daniels to tip over a curling ball into the danger area and skewed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.