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Posted Sat 22 Jan 05 at 17:29 PM


Half time substitute Stephen Hunt marked his return to Brentford colours with the winner as the Bees made it four wins on the bounce at Griffin Park against Swindon. Swindon had taken a first half lead through Grant Smith against the run of play but Deon Burton equalised before the break and Brentford sealed the win with just nine minutes remaining.

Brentford made two changes from the team that won at Port Vale last week. Andy Myers and Isaiah Rankin were replaced in the team by John Salako and Jay Tabb. They did not change their system though, retaining Burton as a lone front man.Brentford started the game very brightly, and it was Burton who had a golden opportunity to put them ahead in the 8th minute. He reached a long ball before Swindon goalkeeper Rhys Evans, nipped round him and knocked the ball towards the unguarded net. Unfortunately for Burton the ball dribbled just wide.

Stephen Hunt

Sam Sodje also could have scored for The Bees, a long throw was only half cleared, it was headed back in to the area and Sodje volleyed from only eight yards but Evans was equal to it. In the 19th minute a Jay Tabb corner was flicked on by Ben May and cleared off the line by a Jerel Ifil.
It seemed as if there was only one team in the game but Swindon reminded Brentford there wasn't by taking a 21st minute lead. Matt Heywood swung in a cross from deep on the right and Smith out jumped Stuart Nelson to head into an empty net.

Brentford went straight down the other end, attempting bring the scores level. Tabb's deep free kick was headed across by Burton and Hutchinson's shot looked destined for the net before Sean O'Hanlon diverted it over the bar. Referee Crossley deemed the deflection to be with O'Hanlon's thigh, but Brentford appealed that it had been his hand. Swindon grew in confidence after their goal. Sam Parkin fired a shot wide from a Lee Holmes cross, Smith curled a free kick wide and Nelson had to be alert and quick off his line to deny Smith again after a through ball found him clear of the defence.

It appeared as if Brentford would find themselves unjustly behind at the break but they got an equaliser with a minute of the half remaining. After good interplay between Stewart Talbot and Tabb in the midfield Salako hung a cross to the back post where Burton arrived late to head Brentford deservedly level.

Brentford continued to dominate after the interval without creating as many clear cut chances. In fact it was Parkin who should have given the visitors the lead again in the 55th minute. Sammy Igoe played him in behind the Brentford defence but Sodje recovered spectacularly to deny Parkin with a last ditch tackle.

Sodje was almost the hero at the other end 4 minutes later. Another fantastic delivery from Salako found Sodje jumping highest at the far post, he powered a header towards goal but Evans clawed it away. In the 71st minute Hunt sent a free kick just the wrong side of the post. Burton came within inches of regaining the lead in the 80th minute, when Burton crashed a shot against the crossbar. A long free kick from Nelson bounced inside the area and Burton read it better than anyone, his shot flew past Evans but bounced clear off the woodwork.

Swindon were unable to clear their lines following that effort and as May headed from the centre of the field back towards goal Hunt reacted quickest, he raced onto the ball and cracked a low shot past Evans who was out of position and into the bottom corner and score the 81st minute winner.
Swindon pushed everyone forward at the death in an attempt to salvage a point, and it took a great last ditch block by Talbot to deny Parkin a shooting opportunity. That was as close as they came to a point they would scarcely have merited.

Brentford: Nelson; Dobson, Turner, Sodje, Salako; Talbot, Hutchinson, Hargreaves (sub Hunt h/t); Tabb, May; Burton.
Subs (not used): Fitzgerald, Peters, Harrold, Julian.
Attendance: 5, 857
Written by Chris Wickham

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