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Posted Sat 25 Oct 03 at 16:57 PM


Brentford slumped to a disappointing defeat at Meadow Lane with Notts County running out deserved winners.

The Bees failed to reproduce the form of Tuesday's night mauling of Brighton & Hove Albion, putting in a performance reminiscent of their poor start to the campaign. After a quiet start for both sides, Brentford made an opening in the third minute that should have led to a goal. Tony Rougier whipped over a cross that Ben May and Stephen Hunt failed to get a clean connection on.

Notts County forced a flurry of corners around the ten-minute mark to give The Bees defence some testing moments - Michael Dobson threw himself at Darren Caskey's shot, and Nick Fenton's volley went over just inches from the Bees goal.

Still penned into their own half, Brentford forced a breakaway, Jay Tabb carving out an opportunity in the sixteenth minute for Stephen Hunt, but the Irishman lost control of the ball at the vital moment. Midway through the half, Ben May was guilty of another missed chance, shooting wide from six yards out from a Stephen Hunt free-kick awarded for a foul on Jay Tabb. Brentford were to rue that miss as thirty seconds later Notts County opened the scoring - Simon Baldry providing the cross for Clive Platt to head past Smith.

Two minutes before the break, County came close to doubling their lead. Paul Heffernan showed great control to wrong-foot Frampton and close in on goal, but the Bees defender did enough to make sure that Heffernan shot wide.

County continued to force the pace after the break, but Brentford had their chance to level in the 47th minute; Matt Somner's left-footed cross found Tony Rougier, but his header although on-target - was weak. In the 58th minute, Paul Heffernan could have extended the lead with just Paul Smith to beat, but his snap-shot went wide. Jide Olugbodi replaced Hutchinson just past the hour-mark, and within two minutes could have equalised from Michael Dobson's corner, however his header bounced over the bar.

It took The Bees until five minute before time to create another chance, but County sub Kevin Nicholson scrambled the ball away before Olugbodi could pounce. In the second minute of stoppage time, Darren Caskey wrapped things up for Notts County with a shot from six yards that hit the roof of the net. Attendance: 4145.

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