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Posted Sat 02 Oct 04 at 18:05 PM


Goals from Rankin and Burton deliver Brentford's third successive League victory. The Bees, in front of their largest gate of the season, extended their winning run to seven home League games, and six this season, which was sufficient to edge them up into the heady heights of second place behind Luton Town.

In the words of manager Martin Allen, the Bees were somewhat edgy for the opening forty minutes. However for all that edginess, there were plenty of signs that they were capable of denying Oldham their first away win of the season. But the approach play, which at times was superb, was not matched by the finishing.

Then with the time added on by the referee at the end of the first half, the deadlock was broken. Stuart Nelson played a long free kick into the box which Mark Arber failed to clear, and there was Isaiah Rankin to turn Adam Griffin while at the same time stroking the ball home wide of Craig Mawson in the visitor`s goal.

In classic style the goal was missed by those keen to make headway for a half time drink, and for those who were loathe to put their drinks down at the end of the interval, they were have missed the second goal. It came 33 seconds after the restart. Dean Burton made headway in midfield and played wide to Jay Tabb. He left Griffin stranded wide on the right before whipping in the perfect centre for a classic headed goal from the provider - Deon Burton.

Deon Burton

From then on in there would only be one winner with Oldham effectively just making up the numbers. Six second half substitutions, driving rain, a swirling wind and bright sunshine made no difference to the flow of the game during the second period. When the final whistle was blown the Bees had run out very worthy winners.

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