Brentford 3 MK Dons 1
In front of a good and vociferous crowd Brentford went top of the table with this fine victory against a good MK Dons side.
The Bees have taken 34 points out of possible 36 from the last 12 league games and the Buzz was ring around all three sides of Griffin Park with the BIAS stand and the Paddock being particularly passionate. The 8010 crowd may have been less than that that witnessed the Boxing day encounter but the home crowd was probably 10% bigger.
The Bees won the toss and un-charteristicaly opted to attack the BIAS stand in the first half so that the setting Sun was the MK Dons keepers eyes.
With barely a minute on the clock Donaldson was chasing a Button clearance. The Don ran onto the bouncing ball, beating the MK dons defender to power the ball home from halfway inside the box passed Martin in the visitor’s goal.
The Brentford midfield was strong and on a mission, controlling the center of the park and the Bees created enough chances to have doubled their lead in the first half.
Bamford on loan from Chelsea had the best of MK Dons chances when he smashed the ball against the Brentford crossbar.
At the start of the second half the Bees stole possession and Trotta found himself unmarked in the MK dons box and cooly slotted home to double the hosts lead.
Within five minutes, the Bees made it three- nil when the Donaldson on the New road touch line crossed the ball perfectly to Sam Saunders who took just a single touch before curling the ball sublimely in to the top right hand corner form just outside the box.
Forshaw made way for Dallas and Logan replaced McDonald and the Bees lost a little of the shape.
Last season the Bees were 3-0 down and came back to draw three all and it looked like the roles could be reversed, as MK Dons looked more dangerous, especially when ex Brentford player Hodson made it 3-1
Bamford appealed for a penalty but D’Urso waived play on before the same player missed a sitter.
The improving Trotta was replaced by Farid and left the field to a round of applause and the bess held out during the five minutes of added time.