Marcello Trotta scored the winner as Brentford ran out 1-0 winners over Shrewsbury in front of a bumper crowd at Griffin Park thanks to the pay what you can scheme. It was Brentford’s third consecutive win and they move into the play-off places in 5th place.
Trotta volleyed home the goal after Kadeem Harris showed excellent skill on the left wing to get past the Shrewsbury right back Woods and crossed in to Trotta who scored his second goal of the season.
Forshaw was vital in the Bees excellent first half display. Driving from midfield and finding Trotta and Donaldson regularly. After Forshaw went on a mazy run from midfield he found Donaldson who then crossed to Trotta but his shot went wide.
Shrewsbury were looking decent on the counter and forayed into the Brentford half when Jon Taylor ran at the defence but his shot was straight at Button and easily dealt with.
As the second half began it looked like Brentford had lost their spark and flair that they had in the first half and invited pressure on their selves as Shrewsbury came out with more attacking intent.
They had a number of corners but Brentford cleared their lines, sometimes not pretty but getting the job done.
The weather started to affect the play with the wind and rain making playing conditions tough. The second half became a slog with both teams shooting from long range, with a special mention to Donaldson who’s volley flew over the Brook Stand.
Shrewsbury had the best chance of the second half when Adam Reach’s long range strike flew just over the bar.
The Brentford players and fans entered the last 5 minutes in typical nervy fashion as they tried to hold on for all 3 points.
As Shrewsbury pushed forwards looking for the equaliser, Brentford had space in attack and when Sam Saunders passed to Donaldson he was presented with a guilt edge chance but he fired wide when he should of really hit the target.
Saunders then had a good chance to score after he drove at the Shrewsbury defence and managed to find himself with a shot on goal but he missed the target.
Brentford held on for the win and with 3 straight wins it is hoped that this can be a start of a good consistent run that can get Brentford closer to Leyton Orient, Peterborough and Wolves.
By Alex Callow