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Posted Sun 16 Mar 03 at 19:34 PM


Brentford's home form has disintegrated since their home win over Huddersfield three weeks ago with still the bottom half of the table to worry about. The only crumb of comfort Bees boss Wally Downes can take from the match is the progression of left-back Lee Fieldwick, who made several good tackles during the match and provided the cross for The Bees goal.

It is perhaps now some cause for concern for the manager, having seen his side again going ahead but fail to build on the lead.

Lee Fieldwick's 39th minute free-kick found Scott Marshall, who headed down and Mickael Antoine-Curier stabbed the ball home from close range at the far post for his first goal for the club. The Frenchman immediately galloped straight into the home support for the rightful adulation.

The lead was to be dashed within a three-minute spell in the second half. Luke Beckett took his total for twenty-seven for the season with a brace, the first goal on 51 minutes when Jim Goodwin crossed and Beckett climbed to head home from six yards out. The second had shades of last week at Wycombe when The Bees defence failed to deal with a mundane cross into the box and Beckett was on hand to tap home from close range.

This was the cue for Stephen Hunt to come off the subs bench in an attempt to salvage the situation but he was starved of the ball. Antoine-Curier spurned the Bees best opportunity to equalise, shooting straight at The Hatters keeper.

Brentford now travel to Port Vale on Tuesday in the hope of putting relegation fears to bed and restoring some much-needed confidence.

Line-up: Smith (P), Somner, Frampton (Hutchinson 80, Fieldwick, Marshall, Dobson, Rowlands, O'Connor (Hunt 55), Vine, McCammon, Antoine-Curier.

Subs: Julian, Williams and Peters.

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