Alex scores the winner
Alex Rhodes took the plaudits with his winner in the second half but it was Stuart Nelson who won the game for the Bees with some crucial late saves to help the Bees into second position with games still in hand on their rivals, writes Robert Trand.
Having just gone ahead after intense pressure on The Glovers goal Brentford sat back for the last half an hour and allowed Yeovil a route back into the game. But Nelson made three crucial saves in the last period to help secure the points for The Bees.
Martin Allen was relaxed and happy at full time "Our goalkeeper was magnificent and we were hanging on" he said smiling.
Scorer of our first goal Isaiah Rankin
Brentford deservedly took the lead when Isaiah Rankin fired home from close range on 12 minutes. 14 minutes later and Yeovil equalised against the run of play when Terry Skiverton headed home after a number of long balls into the box were not cleared properly.
Rankin immediately went up the other end and fired an effort which cannoned off the post and away from danger.
Both sides had an opportunity to take the lead just prior to the break. First Rankin saw his goalbound effort blocked just short of the line while minutes later Nelson thwarted Aaron Davies when the Yeovil striker found himself clear.
The second half saw Brentford come out in determined mood and they dominated the next 20 minutes of play. Wave after wave of attacks resulted in near misses, but the goal finally game on 58 minutes. Brentford won a corner which was taken short by Marcus Gayle to Paul Brooker. His resultant cross was superbly flicked on at the near post by Michael Turner and half time substitute Alex Rhodes nodded home from inside the 6 yard box for his first goal of the season.
From that point on The Bees forward forays diminished and Yeovil tried to take full advantage. Only the intervention of Nelson helped the Bees hold on. He denied Arron Davies when clean through down the right, and then minutes later had to be alert again to block away from the same player. In the final minute Nelson made another save when he pushed the ball away after an effort seemed to be creeping into the back of the net to earn the Bees three crucial points.
Afterwards Martin Allen said "It was a great game. It was very competitive and for half an hour in the second half we played very very well. We should have had the game dead and buried and we missed opportunities to win the game by several goals. The last 15 minutes was tricky. They pushed forward and they got in".
Allen played down the Bees position of being second in the table with games in hand. "I did know we would go second as my children told me all the time. My children know and look - but I am pretty single minded. It's all about the performances and improving our play. I can't see the point of sitting there and saying "if we win we go second" - I would rather do something proactive to help us go second and to help us go up" he said.
Brentford now face Barnsley at Griffin Park on Saturday - with the Tykes sitting in fourth position.
Brentford: Nelson, Brooker (Pratley 70), Sodje, Turner, Tillen, Hutchinson (Rhodes 45), Newman, Rankin, Tabb, Owusu, Gayle.
Subs Not Used: Bankole, Willock, Mousinho.
Attendance: 5,137 (Bees fans 464)
Report: Robert Trand
Pictures: Gary Paul