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Posted Thu 22 Jan 04 at 14:18 PM

PETERBOROUGH UNITED 0 BRENTFORD 0

Brentford earned a point at London Road with The Bees again reduced to ten men due the controversial dismissal of Ronnie Bull.

It created an unwanted club record ten red cards in a season, with Referee Carl Boyeson deeming Bull's challenge in the 72nd minute on Clive Platt as a professional foul. The match was a dreadful advert for Second Division football, with neither side playing to the top of their form.

Wally Downes made two changes from the side that drew with Tranmere Rovers. Jay Smith stepped in for the suspended Leo Roget. Michael Dobson dropped out due to a back problem so Stephen Hunt took the captain's armband. Jay Tabb took his place on the substitutes bench after a knee injury.

Like the weather at London Road, the match started brightly but then turning decidedly dull. Peterborough were first of the two sides to register an attack. A neat header in the fifth minute by new-signing Clive Platt met David Farrell, but his shot was pushed away by Paul Smith for a corner. Brentford survived early pressure, with Tommy Wright almost putting The Bees ahead in the tenth minute. Posh right-back Stephen Jenkins slipped over in possession and Wright nipped the ball off his toes and bore down the goal-line, cut back and shot, but Posh 'keeper Mark Tyler blocked his effort. Peterborough then broke away but Jay Smith cleared to safety at the vital moment.

The next half an hour brought out the worst in both teams, with poor passing and lack of confidence evident. Tommy Wright had two half chances moments before the whistle sounded for the break.

The second half carried off in the same vain with a stop-start fashion, not helped an over officious refereeing by Mr Boyeson. Stephen Evans went close in the 71st minute, his swirling shot almost catching Tyler off-guard from a Ben May pass. A minute later Referee Boyeson caught himself in the middle of huge controversy as he dismissed Ronnie Bull for a professional foul on Clive Platt, the fourth red card given to a Brentford player in successive matches.

Substitute Richard Logan could have cruelly won it for The Posh late on, but his shot inside the area hit the outside of Paul Smith's left-hand post.

Attendance: 4,658 (546 Bees).

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