Brentford did enough to secure three points in a fairly mundane game of football.
Charlie Macdonald opened the scoring on the stroke of half time after a drilled cross from winger Cleveland Taylor
Substitute Myles Weston, who made a decent impact on the game after replacing a slightly under par Sam Wood, added a second after latching on to Macdonald’s through ball
Carl Cort had a goal disallowed after the linesman ruled that Sam Saunders had dribbled the ball out of play before crossing, and should have added a third with a header from a peach of a cross from Weston which was saved by visiting keeper Fon Williams
Stockport had their chances too in an improved second half, with Lewis Price (in for the injured Nicki Bull) making two great saves – tipping over a dangerous shot from Turnbull and bravely diving at the feet of dangerman Bignall.
Andy Scott made the brave decision to drop out-of-sorts skipper Alan Bennett and restore James Wilson to the backline and will be pleased that he was rewarded with a clean sheet and decent defensive display all round.
Bees – Price, Foster, Phillips, Wilson, Dickson, Taylor (Saunders), O’Connor, Hunt, Wood (Weston), Cort, Macdonald
Subs – Moore, Bennett, Legge, Blake, Kabba
Another week, another inept display, summed up by Gavin Ward giving the vistiors a free kick when their own player had handled on the edge of his box.
Fair play to Andy Scott for answering supporters calls to give Bennett a rest. We looked reasonably comfortable today against a fairly unimpressived Stockport team and most fans will have gone home happy with a win and a clean sheet.
The defense as a whole looked decent today with Price seizing his chance in goal and good games from both fullbacks. Sam Wood appears to be suffering a dip in form but his presence in the team does allow Dickson the chance to bomb forward and the left back almost opened the scoring with a mazy first half run before his shot was blocked.
Weston’s cameo, following a hard working game for the reserves midweek, will give Andy some food for thought on the left flank.
For me neither Hunt or Kev made a significant impact on the game, Hunt’s crude tackle aside which earnt him a yellow card. I still think we lack guile in this area
But it’s onwards and upwards as we head to Exeter next Saturday with a squad hopefully bolstered by the return of Marcus Bean and Ben Strevens