A brave late stoppage time penalty from Kevin O’Connor, his second of the game, sealed three points for Brentford after Nikki Bull had gifted the visitors a ninth minute lead.
Bull’s howler came in the ninth minute when he carried a harmless looking free-kick over his own goal line. Despite protestations from the keeper, and skipper Alan Bennett, the ball looked clearly over the line to most supporters in the Ealing Road.
The error knocked the wind out of Brentford’s sails for the remainder of the first half and they were largely uninspiring – although generally untroubled by the visitors.
Brentford upped the ante after the break and when former Bees loanee Sankofa upended Miles Weston in the box, Kev stepped up to slam home the resultant penalty.
The Bees then stole all three points in stoppage time when Marcus Bean cut back inside only to be tripped by Franck Moussa and O’Connor kept his nerve to score again from the spot. Cue jubilation around Griffin Park and lots of man-hugs.
Bees – Bull, Wilson, Phillips, Bennett, Foster, Saunders, Bean, Kev, Wood (Kabba), Macdonald, Weston.
Unused Bees – Price, Taylor, Legge, Osborne, Ferrell, Blake
Andy Scott :
I asked them to show a bit of bottle and everyone did. I thought we were excellent in the second half and Kevin stepped up and showed real professionalism to get his two goals.
But we deserved it and had them under pressure for long periods of the second half and they never really troubled us.
I believe in them and we deserved that tonight. We deserved it after a really poor performance on Saturday.
I asked for a response and we got that. We got a response from the crowd as well who enjoyed it saw that we`ve got that fight and ability and everything they want in a Brentford team and I`m delighted they saw another win at home.
We have struggled for goals. But I don`t want to bring in players who aren`t better than we`ve already got. We`re trying to get Ben Strevens back as soon as we can and Carl should be fit soon. Myles Weston can play up there and is learning every game.
We weren’t red hot last night, but showed some fighting spirit which was greatly appreciated by the home supporters.
Brentford’s overall shape was far better with Danny Foster having a decent game at left back and Sam Wood adding some fight and workrate to our midfield. James Wilson also had a better game at fullback yesterday but still doesn’t look a long term solution.
Myles Weston also put in a better shift last night, both up front and on the left of midfield. He has pace to burn and seems to have been working on his body strength too.
I’d argue that we still need a real partner for Macdonald, but the team at least looked willing to battle for each other and for all three points.
Oh, and it was also nice to see a late goal fired past a goalie who had spent most of the second half wasting time.