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Posted Sun 07 Nov 04 at 16:02 PM


A Sam Sodje goal was not enough to give Brentford three points at The Galpharm Stadium as Brentford drew with Huddersfield Town. Sodje's goal came from a John Salako corner, flicked on by Michael Turner and the Nigerian centre-back poked it home. That 61st minutes strike was pegged back by Pawel Abbott ten minutes later. Brentford made two changes to the team defeated at Tranmere eight days ago. Chris Hargreaves returned from suspension and replaced Jamie Lawrence in midfield. Jay Tabb also returned to the starting eleven, Matt Harrold dropping to the bench.

Brentford started slowly and could have fallen behind a couple of times in the opening exchanges. Junior Mendes missed a great chance after only eight minutes; Stuart Nelson could only parry a long range effort from Jonathan Worthington - Mendes steering the ball wide from two yards under pressure from the Bees' keeper.

A moment of sublime skill from Abbott almost broke the deadlock on sixteen minutes. He received the ball on his chest, flicked it over Kevin O'Connor and volleyed in one movement, but the ball cannoned off the crossbar and to safety.

Jay Tabb

As the half wore on Brentford came into the game and should have taken the lead themselves on 34 minutes. Salako raced onto Talbot's pass and broke clear of the defence. However Paul Rachubka in the home goal made himself big and denied the veteran winger.

Deon Burton had a header over the bar and Tabb had a shot blocked as Brentford exerted their authority in midfield. This continued into the second half and Brentford could have taken the lead before they eventually did. Hargreaves had a shot blocked and Sodje forced a fine save from Rachubka with a scissor kick from one Salako corner. The Bees forced numerous corners in the opening stages of the second period and from their sixth Sodje scored Brentford's goal.

After the goal Huddersfield upped the tempo as they looked for the equaliser. Michael Turner was forced into a block on the edge of the box, and Abbott shot wide under pressure from Turner and Frampton. Huddersfield's goal came on 70 minutes. Danny Schofield beat Sodje to the ball on the left wing, his cross found Abbott at the back post and he drilled a shot past Nelson via the underside of the bar.

Both teams looked for the winner in the closing stages. Burton curled an effort just past the post but Huddersfield should have won it with only seconds remaining. Andrew Holdsworth swung in a cross - substitute John McAliskey steered a header wide when goal side of O'Connor.

Line-up: Nelson; O'Connor, Turner, Sodje, Frampton; Tabb (sub Harrold 89 mins), Talbot (sub Lawrence 54 mins), Hargreaves, Salako; Burton, Rankin.

Subs not used: Myers, Rhodes, Julian.

Attendance: 10,810 (311 Bees).

Match report by Chris Wickham.

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