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Posted Sat 13 Oct 01 at 18:40 PM


The Bees started the game, very nervously and ended the game in the same fashion. But in between they class they showed was a revelation, and they were rewarded with two goals. The first came in the 21st minute following a period of play in which the visitors may well have stretched into a two goal lead.

But they didn't, so when Paul Gibbs right wing corner was perfectly directed onto Lloyd Owusu's head on the goal line and he duly directed it home, the Bees were on their way.

The confidence they displayed on the ball was evident in their play and they stroked the ball about much to the delight of the 11,000 + crowd. With seconds to go to the half time whistle, Steve Hunt, back in the line up following injury won a free kick wide to the left of the area. Gibbo and Evo stood over the ball but the skipper stepped up and sent an absolutely glorious free kick into the top right hand corner of the net.

The second half followed a similar course without the cautious start, with both teams contributing to the fare. But then in the 78th minute, after Edwards had missed a sitter the ball flew across the face of the goal and there was half time sub Simon Rea in place to send a diving header into the net. The goal led to another period of nervous play from the Bees, but with the Bees fans lifting their hero's every move, they held on and in doing so moved to the top of the pile.

One of the loudest cheers of the afternoon was reserved for Derek Bryan who following a career threatening injury, made his first appearance in 21 months when replacing Ben Burgess in the 76th minute. All in all a very memorable day in the history of Brentford Football Club.

Bees: Gottskalksson, Price, Ingimarsson, Powell, Gibbs, O`Connor, Evans, Mahon, Hunt, Burgess (Bryan 76), Owusu (Dobson 87). Subs not used: P Smith, Theobald & Williams.

Attendance: 11,097.

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