Brentford 1 Tranmere Rovers 2

Brentford’s unbeaten run came to an end after a 2-1 loss to top-of-the-table Tranmere Rovers at Griffin Park.

It had to happen sometime, didn’t it? And so, for the first time this season, I find myself writing a match report where we haven’t won.

Defeats are always hard to take, especially home ones, and this one was a particular hard blow.

The game got off to a frantic start with Clayton Donaldson firing his shot straight at the Tranmere goalkeeper while the strike then blocked a David Amoo shot at the other end immediately after.

Marcello Trotta’s long-range shot dipped just over the cross bar in what was a real end-to-end first ten minutes.

Simon Moore was in top form again, pulling off a great save from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro after the striker beat Shaleum Logan down the left.

Tranmere’s first goal came from a disappointing defensive error, as the ball bounced right over Jake Bidwell’s head that Akpa Akpro launched onto, who then crossed the ball for Amoo.

However, Harlee Dean decided to shut the door rather abruptly in his face by bringing him down with a sliding tackle. The result was penalty that Tranmere slotted home.

Brentford started the second half strongly and got the Bees got their reward. Bidwell was the provider as a powerful Dean at the back post headed his free kick in.

But it was another defensive error that let Tranmere get back ahead. The winger beat Bidwell on the left and cut in, slotting the ball past Moore into the net.

Brentford then started to bombard the Tranmere goal, with Trotta being a real threat.

Sam Saunders saw his free kick well saved by the Tranmere goalkeeper, which could have so easily gone in, but it was not to be for Brentford.

We now drop to fourth place, seven points behind Tranmere but with two games in hand. The game against Leyton Orient is now such a big game.

Ryan O’Donovan

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