Brentford drew at Milton Keynes despite being down to ten men after Andy Myers controversial first-half dismissal. The red card for the former Chelsea defender was the major incident in a baffling refereeing performance from referee Paul Danson. The Bees came back south with one point but it could have been all three.
Myers was dismissed for two yellow cards, the first harsh, the second even harsher. On a wet surface, Danson allowed no leeway for Myers, and seemed to win a strong but fair tackle in front of the MK bench, but the referee produced a second yellow card to dismiss the left back.
At the time Brentford had been the better team, and continued to be for periods. But after they were reduced to ten men Brentford were never able to dominate as they had prior to it. Myers had been one of three changes to the team that got a point at Barnsley, replacing the injured Andy Frampton. Deon Burton and Jay Tabb returned from international duty and replaced Matt Harrold and the injured John Salako.
Jamie Lawrence returned to the bench, alongside scholar Karleigh Osborne
. Brentford had much the better of the first half, both before and after the sending-off. Burton showed no ill-effects from his travel and linked well with Isaiah Rankin, while Tabb and Stephen Hunt always had the beating of their full backs.
Rankin's pace got him behind the MK defence early on but David Martin raced from his goal to deny him. The forward also had an effort from the edge of the box, which Martin saved easily, and following some lovely interplay from Stewart Talbot, Myers and Hunt he looked for a pass when a shot may have produced a goal.
MK produced very little in the first half, Stuart Nelson only being troubled by the ball skidding off the wet surface from MK's long balls. Milton Keynes were able to exert their man advantage in the second half and should have taken the lead on fifty minutes. Alex Tapp was clear just inside the area but Stuart Nelson raced from his goal to deny the MK midfielder. Ben Chorley also went close with a long range effort that had Nelson worried.
A free kick from Dean Lewington went inches over on seventy minutes as the effect of the red card began to show on Brentford; Wade Small completely missed his kick just minutes later as the ball dropped ten yards out. Dons substitute Malvin Kamara dragged a shot wide late on but The Bees held on for the minimum they deserved.
Brentford: Nelson; O'Connor, Turner, Sodje (Lawrence, 38 mins), Myers; Tabb, Talbot, Hargreaves, Hunt; Burton (Rhodes, 83 mins), Rankin (Harrold, 89mins).
Subs (not used): Osborne, Julian.
Attendance: 5.924 (1,477 Bees) Written by Chris Wickham.