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Posted Sat 14 Sep 02 at 22:43 PM


Prenton Park is never a lucky hunting ground for Brentford and so it proved on Saturday afternoon as The Bees crashed to their fifth successive defeat in Birkenhead.

In truth, Wally Downes' side were second best in most of the ninety minutes and now must concentrate on Tuesday's big game at Cardiff City. It was an unchanged team from the draw at home to Luton that took to the field in their all new Black away strip - with Leon Constantine promoted to the bench after his display at Bournemouth in the Worthington Cup earlier in the week.

The homesters were forced into an early change of personnel after just eleven minutes, Stuart Barlow replacing the injured captain Steve Yates and he proved to be the thorn in Brentford's side all afternoon, providing the springboard for many a Rovers attack.

In a stop-start first half, Simon Howarth - once a target for The Bees a few years back - was presented with three clear cut chances before he rose above the static Bees defence to head home a minute before the break to give Rovers a deserved lead.

Steve Jones had a golden opportunity to make it two-nil on forty-nine minutes, but fluffed his shot with the goal gaping. This signalled an upturn in The Bees fortunes as they pressed forward for the equaliser. However, Howarth again took maximum opportunity of confusion within The Bees ranks to fire home an impressive volley to give Rovers an unassailable lead with 65 minutes gone.

With five minutes to go, Rover increased their advantage, an unmarked Jason Price header from six yards doing the damage, this time from a pinpoint Barlow cross.

There was still time though for Brentford to score a consolation. Brentford's man of the match Kevin O'Connor headed in a Dobson corner sixty seconds before full-time to cap one of the few bright points in an average display.

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