Brentford extended their unblemished home record against a lively Port Vale side at Griffin Park
this afternoon in front of an above average gate of 5,442. And for over an hour the visitors had to chase the game having been reduced to ten men in an incident which was to be the fulcrum of the afternoon's entertainment.
In the 24 th minute a Vale attack broke down and the quick thinking Stuart Nelson threw the ball out to John Salako. He ran from outside his own area into the opponents half before sliding the ball through for Isaiah Rankin to run on to. But as he and George Pilkington approached the edge of the penalty area the Bees striker went down and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. In addition he brandished a red card in Pilkington`s direction (plus a yellow to Craig James), John Salako stepped up and duly slotted the ball home.
And that surprisingly was to be the games only goal. But it certainly wasn't for the lack of chances. Brentford amassed about five or six good chances in the opening half but each time bodies got in the way or the ball flew the wrong side of the woodwork. Later in the half Vale had to substitute their keeper who had picked up an injury.
The second half was a repeat of the first with Brentford making numerous chances, in fact more and more as the game wore on. But Vale who started the game above Brentford showed their that they were capable of getting back on level terms had it not been for the resilience of the Bees rearguard in which Sam Sodje was outstanding.
Come the final whistle it was another three points in the bag and The Bees had eased up into fifth place in the table.