Brentford 2 Leyton Orient 2

Brentford came away from their London derby against Letyon Orient with a 2-2 draw with the goals coming from Paul Hayes and Clayton Donaldson.

The Bees played against 12 men for the majority of the game as the referee did his best to make sure that Orient came away from the game with at least a point.

The game started off badly, with both Brentford and Orient playing like two Sunday league teams that had had a heavy night out the evening before the game.

However, Adam Forshaw could have put Brentford 1-0 up almost immediately after a poor pass by the Orient defender, but Forshaw managed to put the shot wide.

Unfortunately, Orient took the lead through a Judas, er, I mean, Martin Rowlands’ free kick from 30 yards that went straight into the top corner.

He then ran the length of the pitch to celebrate with the Leyton Orient fans at the other end of the ground. This wasted all his energy, meaning he then went MIA for the rest of the game.

Brentford got back on level terms with Paul Hayes poking home after the ball was pinged about in the Orient box after a Sam Saunders free kick.

Donaldson then again took advantage of Orient’s sloppy defending as he managed to put the Bees ahead with his 19th goal of the season.

In the second half, Donaldson lashed a sensational volley towards goal only to be stopped by a great save from the goalkeeper.

The referee, who was simply awful, declined to give what looked like a stonewall penalty to Brentford and then proceeded to send Jake Bidwell off, meaning he now misses the Chelsea game.

Even with ten men, Brentford seemed to cope fairly well with the Orient team who were distinctively average, although the Bees were far busier in defence.

The referee then did everything he could to get Leyton Orient something out of the game, and when Charlie MacDonald went down in the box like a load of bowling pins he got his chance.

He pointed to the spot, but Simon Moore was up to the challenge and made a sensational save low down to his right.

Simon Moore could do nothing to stop a Lee Cooke strike from 22 yards that found it’s way into the bottom left corner, giving Orient the point. The Bees now have to put the last two games to the back of their minds as they prepare to face the Champions of Europe, Chelsea FC on Sunday, in what will be one of the biggest games Griffin Park sees.

Let’s hope we can show a good performance in front of a bumper crowd, ESPN and, of course, Roman Abromovich and Chelsea.

Ryan O’Donovan

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