Brentford 3 Colchester United 1
Brentford comeback to sting Colchester as the Bees kick started their season after coming from behind the win 3-1 against Colchester.
Three goals in 11 second half minutes from Trotta, Saville and debutant Kadeem Harris secured Brentford first win in four for the Bees and relieved some of the pressure from Rosler.
Brentford started positively with Trotta leading the attack and Donaldson and Grigg on the wings
Trotta had the best chances in the first half as he first was unable to turn in the returning Bidwell cross, but Trotta’s next chance is one he will not want to watch back.
After Donaldson crossed in from the right, Saville’s shot was saved by Sam Walker and Trotta was first to the rebound but he could not get a clean hit and the ball sailed wide when had he put the ball anywhere in target it would be a goal.
Colchester rarely threatened in the first half, with their best chance falling to Freddie Sears who broke away from Dean, cut inside and shot wide.
Forshaw had the last chance of the match as his shot curled inches wide of the goal. At half time it was the same old story with Brentford having the better of the play but struggling to create enough good opportunities to score.
In the second half Brentford couldn’t of wished for a worse start as from a Luke Garbett corner, the biggest man on the pitch Magnus Okounghae rose to powerfully head home unchallenged.
After the goal Brentford struggled as Colchester had men behind the ball and Brentford struggled to create chances.
Fans were getting frustrated and from small sections of the crowd ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ was sung.
Rosler made the bold move to take Forshaw off with the crowd showing their dissatisfaction at the change, but after the match it was discovered that Forshaw struggled with illness the last few days.
To Rosler’s credit the substitution worked well with Sam Saunders and Kadeem Harris giving Brentford the much needed width.
Saunders made an immediate impact as his cross met Saville and his close range header crashed off the crossbar.
This was the turning point in the match as soon after as Saunders fed Donaldson down the right and his low cross found Trotta who side footed it in which took a slight deflection.
The only real chance Colchester had after the goal was when Jabo Ibhere shot, which was comfortably saved by Button.
Brentford were now up for it and could sense the winner and it came from a wonder strike as McCormack intercepted the ball and fed it to Saville who curled it in from 25 yards which gave Sam Walker no chance.
With Saunders and Donaldson working well together down the right it was down that side that the third goal came after a slip from the Colchester left back put Sam Saunders in space and he fed it to Donaldson who picked out Kadeem Harris with a perfect cross and Harris got down low to fire the header home.
There was a sense of relief around the ground as the full time whistle blew as Brentford picked up the three points and their first home win in three games.
Report by Alex Callow