Ivan Toney dedicated his record-breaking Championship goals feat to his Brentford teammates after the Bees maintained their strong form ahead of the play-offs with a 3-1 win over Bristol City. 

The 25-year-old striker broke Glenn Murray’s record for most goals scored in a Championship campaign as he notched his 31st of the season in a comfortable win. 

Toney displayed his usual lethal instincts in the box as he reacted first to round goalkeeper Daniel Bentley and find the net before Bryan Mbeumo and Sergi Canos added further scores to send Brentford into the play-offs in the best possible manner. 

Louis Britton managed to grab a late consolation for the hosts but that failed to take any shine off of a monumental day for Toney, who was quick to praise the part played his team in helping him enter the history books. 

“It sounds good [being the record Championship goal scorer],” Toney said. “The main thing was the three points and finishing the season strong. 

“I can’t thank my teammates [enough] for helping me achieve this. It wouldn’t have been done without them so half of it’s for them and half of it is for me. 

“The manager said today I had 60 minutes to try and get the record and I’d be taken off after that. At half-time I didn’t have it and I was saying ‘keep me out there, keep me out there’. 

“Every second we were playing I kept looking at the clock and thinking time was ticking. I think I scored in the 57th minute and so when the chance came I put it in the back of the net and I was buzzing. 

“It’s a proud moment for me and my family, it was a great feeling but I want to finish it off by winning the play-offs now.” 

Victory made it four wins on the spin for Thomas Frank’s side, who now face Bournemouth over two legs in the play-off semi-finals. 

But, the Bees will be wary of over-confidence having fallen at the final hurdle at Wembley 12 months ago. 

Indeed, Toney is demanding a continued focus from not only his team but also himself as he bids for more goals. 

“Psychologically I feel like it’s key to be winning games and it gives us a slight upper hand but whoever turns up on the day will have a better chance of winning,” Toney added. 

“I always think I can do better, there’s chances I kick myself for still. I’m here thinking it could have been 32, 33 or 34. As a striker you need to be greedy. 

“We’re going to go into the two legs with the same winning mentality and hopefully that’ll see us into the final.”