The Bees deservedly emerged victorious following a pulsating game at Brisbane Road to put themselves well and truly in control of their own destiny.
Marcello Trotta and Adam Forshaw returned to the starting line up following recent substitute appearances and both looked hungry, as in truth did the whole team.
The home side looked more threatening in truth in the early stages without really testing Dave Button. At the other end Clayton and Marcello had half chances, the former with the best of them following a through ball, but the home keeper showed why he’s so highly thought of in The East coming out bravely with The Don sensing goal.
Chances at both ends, in orients case their best chances were gifted to them by some highly questionable officiating.
In a highly charged atmosphere tempers boiled over and play was held up while the players involved themselves in a brawl on the half way line Clayton among those to be cautioned.
Then in the first minute of added time Marcello drilled a low shot from 20 yards into the net to send 2,569 travelling Bees into rapture. 1-0 to the good guys.
Moments after the restart came a moment of madness from James Tarkowski, lunging in as he did and receiving his second yellow of the game, followed by the inevitable marching orders. This could have swung the game back towards the home team but seemed to strengthen the Brentford resolve, in no small part due to Harlee Dean who replaced goalscorer Trotta.
To a man the bees played magnificently, combining free flowing attack with resolute defence special mentions to George Saville, Dougie and the two Alan’s but the whole team dug in and threatened a second goal in various counter attacks.
When the full time whistle eventually blew after 5 minutes extra that felt like eternity, victory and with it 2nd spot was Brentford’s, sparking wild celebration both on the pitch and in the stands. Truly spectacular.
We now can’t afford to be complacent. There are 11 games to play, each will present there own obstacles, maximum effort is needed if something very special is to happen on May 3rd. It won’t always be easy but it can happen if we ‘beelieve’ it can