Brentford 2 Notts County 1

Brentford secured their third win in a row after beating Notts County in what was a scrappy game at Griffin Park.

Bradley Wright-Phillips’ first goal for the Bees secured the three points which saw us go third in the table – level on points with Bournemouth in second but with two games in hand.

The Bees started the first half strongly and Wright-Phillips could have had his first goal even sooner, however his great first touch and shot connected with the post.

Clayton Donaldson also nearly found the net when his fierce shot was launched just wide of the County post- a touch from anyone would have seen the ball find it’s way into the net.

The Brentford goal came eventually, however, after the County defence did not deal with a Sam Saunders corner properly.

Jonathan Douglas nodded the ball down to Toumani Diagouraga, who’s weak sot somehow manged to find its way past the body of the County keeper, Bartosz Bialkowski, who was having a shocking game.

The second half saw a different story, and within seconds of the restart Simon Moore was called into action to save from Yoann Arquin.

Donaldson could have added to his 17 league goals when he was clear through on the Notts County goal, only to smash the ball at the legs of replacement keeper Kevin Pilkington.

But a lovely passing move that involved Donaldson, the superb Tom Adeyemi and finally Bradley Wright-Phillips saw Brentford get their second, which would prove to be needed. The “second-best player in League One” Alan Judge tried to take Jake Bidwell on in the Bees’ box, and, in my opinion, secured his place in the Ireland 2016 Olympic diving team.

The linesman signaled for a penalty and Andy D’Urso gave County a penalty. Any excuse.

The badly taken penalty was saved by Simon Moore by soon-to-be Olympic diver Judge put the ball into the net to give County a lifeline, but Brentford held on to win the game.

The Red Army now marches onto to conquer Stadium: MK on Easter Monday – hopefully in front of a very good away following.

Ryan O’Donovan

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