Date: 5th September 2009 at 6:30pm
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League leaders Charlton continued their winning run with a 2-0 win over an improving Brentford side.

Andy Scott’s team looked slightly in awe of a decent Charlton team and soon found themselves a goal down after a shoddy back pass by Sam Wood allowed the impressive Lloyd Sam to square the ball for Deon Burton to slam home.

Charlton doubled their lead through dangerman Sam on the half hour after a fluid move of 20 or so passes tore Brentford apart.

Brentford had an appeal for a penalty for handball from an O’Connor strike turned down but in truth deserved to trail at the break.

Things improved after half time with Brentford’s best chances coming from two Cort headers and a late David Hunt free kick which hit the corner of post and crossbar although Charlton had their half chances too.

The Bees crowd were lifted by the unexpected return of striker Charlie Macdonald who played the last thirty minutes up front as a substitute for Cleveland Taylor

In truth today was always going to be a stiff test, and Charlton looked very comfortable in possession, but Andy Scott will take heart from Brentford’s second half performance.

Bees – Price, Wood, Foster (Osborne), Phillips, Wilson, Taylor (Macdonald), Saunders, O’Connor, Hunt, Weston, Cort
Unused Subs – Bull, Blake, Kabba, Legge, Bean
Phil Parkinson complimentary about Bees
Andy Scott’s View
‘I’m pleased we gave a good account of ourselves. I believe in my players and they believe in each other but today we made mistakes and got punished. Everyone gave it a right good go and wanted to prove they are on a par with the Charlton boys’

Beesotted’s View
Hopefully today will have taught Brentford that they are capable of going toe-to-toe with ‘superior’ opponents. Charlton are a good side, but we seemed intimidated at the start and this was ultimately our downfall.

Having Macdonald back is obviously a major plus, and the team looked much more balanced with Miles Weston on the left.

Marcus Bean must be chomping at the bit to replace Hunt who, for me, gives the ball away too often (but is admittedly a threat via his throw ins and set pieces).

On the subject of set pieces, Sam Saunders has to stop hitting the first man at corners. He looks like he is trying to take the skin off the football as he hits it and the end result, so far, has been poor.

As long as Andy Scott and his team learn from games like today we can still hope to finish in the top half of the table – although we do need to start converting chances.

Phil Parkinson complimentary about Bees
‘Brentford are a good side and the best team we have played this season. They are strong, they are good at what they do, and they worked very very hard.’