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Posted Sat 08 Feb 03 at 18:51 PM


The match report following the away game with Crewe was entitled, "you had to be there to believe it". Much the same could have been said of this match.

Brentford had taken the lead with a sensational goal through Stephen Hunt when he seized on a throw in from Sonko five yards short of the half way line. He let the ball bounce just the once and then sent a tremendous volley into the far corner of the net giving the visiting keeper no chance whatsoever.

The "move" once again was a testament to the work which had gone on, on the training pitch the previous day. But then Birthday boy Martin Rowlands, received three cards he can't have expected.two yellow and one red, and the Bees were reduced to ten men with over 45 minutes to play.

Seven minutes after the break it was all square and eleven minutes further on, Crewe - who have scored more away goals than any other in the country - had eased ahead.

But full credit to the Bees as they continued to push on, as indeed they had all afternoon, and having seen two efforts hit the post from O`Connor and Vine, they looked to have gained the opportunity to equalise form the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining. Matt Somner picking up on a knock down from Ibu Sonko unleashed a shot from over twenty yards out which was handled by one of Crewe`s central defenders clearly a yard inside the area.

Inexplicably the referee awarded a free kick to the Bees just outside the area from which Sonko`s well-struck effort was cleared high over the bar. So disappointment for the Bees, but full credit for a performance which deserved more.

Bees: P Smith, Dobson, Marshall, Sonko, Somner, O`Connor, Rowlands, Fullarton (McCammon 73), Evans, Hunt (J Smith 63), Vine.

Subs unused: Julian, Hutchinson & Constantine.

Attendance: 5,424.

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