Date: 3rd January 2012 at 11:44am
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Brentford played well, and for much of the game were the only team attempting to play football, but a freak goal bouncing in front of and over a slippy Richard Lee and a 90th minute breakaway did for the Bees.

Woodman was brought back into the fold at the expense of Bidwell who had his least good game for the bees against MK Dons. Eger was alongside Legge once more and Bennett filled in for Logan at right back. Woodman was solid, the centre back pairing good, with Eger seeing a lot of the ball as Charlton were happy for us to play it out from the back and Bennett was a bit dodgy really. His passing lack crispness but he probably just needs some games. He might also be a better centre half than right back!

Weston and McGinn were given wide duties with the now regular middle three of Douglas, Dave and a more forward looking Bean. Donaldson was up front on his own.

Douglas was involved in everything in the first half, sometimes playing quick balls, sometimes holding the ball looking for the right pass. In the second half Charlton made an effort to mark him and he had to drop deeper to get the ball or move out wide. He did look completely knackered by the end but we’d used up our subs by then.

Although we rarely created gilt edge chances we were always in the game and always looking for the equaliser. On 63 Bennet was replaced by the more forward looking Dean and the excellent Bean was sacrificed for another forward in Alexander. The good play continued but we just lacked that bit of subtlety to unlock the defence. Uwe replaced Weston with Saunders when you actually felt that Forrester might have been the better bet but we duly got a free kick just outside the box for Saunders to smash at the wall and hit an outstretched arm of the defender. A stonewall penalty which the referee insisted on making one of those over-exaggerated signals of ‘no penalty!’

We did manage one excellent opportunity when Douglas fed Donaldson who moved beautifully into a shooting position a couple of yards out and missed the target completely! Very frustrating.

Charlton had their chances too, hitting the post and always looking dangerous on the break and from dead balls.

I know I say it on all my reports but we need to create chances. We can play some excellent football, especially away from home, we can summon up a great comeback towards the end of a game at GP but ultimately we do not score enough goals and we do not make enough goal scoring chances.

Lee; Bennett (sub Dean 63 mins), Legge, Eger, Woodman; Bean (sub Alexander 63 mins), Douglas, Dave; McGinn, Donaldson, Weston (sub Saunders 72 mins)

Subs (not used): Moore, Forrester