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Posted Tue 17 Sep 02 at 22:13 PM


Brentford slipped to their second successive defeat, with a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Cardiff City. For all their huff and puff, The Bees could not penetrate the City backline and strikes from Andy Legg and Robert Earnshaw. Legg was constant thorn in Brentford's side, as he delivered a series of dangerous crosses all evening.

Wally Downes made two changes from the defeat at Tranmere. Jamie Fullarton replaced Jay Smith in the heart of midfield with Leon Constantine getting his first League start of the season ahead of Rowan Vine.

Cardiff made most of the early running, but could have gone behind in bizarre fashion. Spencer Prior's cross field pass to Gary Croft went horribly wrong, and fizzed just past the City net without a Brentford player in sight.

City's dominance was beginning to show, with a flurry of corners, Graham Kavanagh and Rhys Weston spurning good chances.

The Bluebirds eventually took the lead with a magnificent goal on twenty-seven minutes. Robert Earnshaw, on the edge of The Bees penalty area, flicked the ball with the outside of his right boot and Andy Legg's first time header looped over Paul Smith.

Brentford had the chance to equalise three minutes after the break, but Dobson's indirect free-kick cannoned off the City wall to safety.

City's second and deciding goal came with seventeen minutes left. Robert Earnshaw spotted Paul Smith advancing out of his area and hooked the ball over the Bees keeper and into the net. Jamie Fullarton blasted a firstitime volley wide but in truth it was too little too late.

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