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Posted Tue 20 Apr 04 at 09:32 AM


Brentford extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell.

It was The Bees first clean sheet for three months, with the result never seeming to be in doubt the moment Stewart Talbot gave Brentford the lead. Martin Allen made three changes from the win against Colchester, bringing in Scott Fitzgerald, Ben May and Jay Tabb into the starting line-up.

He couldn't have asked for a better start from his charges as The Bees took the lead with just two minutes gone. Ben May picked up a stray pass to supply Kevin O'Connor, he found Stewart Talbot, and the midfielder rifled home a right-footed shot past debutant Ross Turnbull from twenty-five yards.

Barnsley were stunned, and could count themselves fortunate five minutes later not to be two down; Jay Tabb's first-time volley fizzing wide of Turnbull's left-hand post.

The midfield pairing of Stewart Talbot and Eddie Hutchinson made it difficult for Barnsley to make any headway, Gary Birch's off-target header in the seventeenth minute all the home side had to show for their efforts in the first half.

Barnsley did return from the dressing room with any fight, so it was left to the visitors to contain any occasional attack that came their way. The goal that wrapped things up came a minute past the hour-mark.

Jay Tabb picked the ball up on the half-way line and advanced forty yards before stroking the ball under Turnbull for his eleventh goal of the season. Eddie Hutchinson's shot eight minutes later could have easily made it three but Brentford returned home from Yorkshire with a deserved three points.

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