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Posted Sat 28 Sep 02 at 17:44 PM


Brentford suffered their worst defeat for seventeen months as a rampant Peterborough United put five goals past a Bees outfit that fell behind within thirty seconds of the kick off.

Jimmy Bullard's free kick met the head of Simon Rea after 27 seconds whilst most fans were getting settled, and for Brentford, the afternoon got worse and worse. Brentford struggled to match the pace and flair of Barry Fry's men, Bullard and Clarke pulling the strings, running The Bees ragged for most of the game.

Captain Michael Dobson suffered from blurred vision after a challenge and was replaced by Somner at half time. Two minutes after the break, Leo Roget brought down Clarke in the area and referee Faye pointed to the spot. Bullard then sent Paul Smith the wrong way for The Posh's second goal.

The home side peppered The Bees goal and only some fine saves from Smith stopped Peterborough from scoring further.

Peterborough's third goal eventually arrived in the 68th minute, Clarke delicately chipping the ball over for Bradley Allen, whose first time header found the net.

With thirteen minutes left, Allen crossed to an unmarked David Farrell, who made no mistake. Rowan Vine collected a consolation for The Bees with four minutes remaining after good work from Mark Williams but there was still time for man of the match Andy Clarke to race the whole length of Brentford half, beat Paul Smith to the chase on the edge of the box and promptly knelt down and head the over the line from a yard out.

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