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Posted Sat 26 Aug 06 at 21:28 PM


Jo Kuffour's fourth goal in three games and some last ditch defending earned Brentford a point in a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe United. After Kuffour had edged The Bees ahead late in the first period the home side pressed hard and a combination of great defending and poor finishing prevented them winning the game after John Mousinho unfortunately brought the scores level with an own goal. It took a while for the game to settle down, Scunthorpe's desire to get from back to front quickly put pressure on the Brentford defence but they only created two clear cut chances in the first half. The first came early on when a Dave Mulligan cross was flicked at the near post by Andy Keogh but the ball flew narrowly wide. Billy Sharp forced a low save from Stuart Nelson later on when he turned and created space in the penalty box but the Brentford goalkeeper gathered at the second attempt. The visitors, with Mousinho excelling in the centre of midfield, were closer to opening the scoring early on with Thomas Pinault volleying over and Chris Moore firing weakly at Joe Murphy. Moore had the game's best chance just before the half hour when he met a dinked Kuffour cross at the far post but he was only able to nod it over. Brentford did break through with six minutes of the first half remaining when a Kevin O'Connor free kick fell to Pinault, who drilled it back, it was half blocked and Kuffour reacted quickest to knock it home. The Bees could have gone in at half time further ahead, Rhodes fired a cross-cum-shot wide after a fine Mousinho pass and there was a better opening when the young midfielder found Brooker racing through, he rounded Joe Murphy in the Scunthorpe goal but Ian Baraclough blocked on the line. After the break the game was very different, the home side laid siege to the Brentford goal. Dave Mulligan had a shot deflected wide and Sharp shot straight at Nelson, as The Iron continued to press Andrea Ferretti had an effort saved and Sharp headed wide. An equaliser seemed inevitable but it took an own goal for Scunthorpe to breach the Bees' backline. A deep Baraclough corner was nodded on by Richard Hinds and Mousinho diverted it past Nelson and into his own net. That only served to boost the home side and they pushed forward searching for a winner, Baraclough headed against the crossbar and Nelson gathered well from a Cleveland Taylor low shot. They seemed set to score when Ferretti fired a shot against the cross bar and it dropped to Sharp, his header was brilliantly cleared off the line by Sam Tillen and Matt Sparrow blasted the loose ball over the bar. Brentford had chances of their own and Brooker, who was busy throughout on the right, should have got his name on the score sheet. Minutes after Scunthorpe scored Kuffour skipped free on the left and his pull back fell to Brooker, who fired narrowly over the bar. It took a great save from Murphy to keep out the Brentford winger with six minutes remaining when he cut inside and curled the ball towards the far corner, Murphy diving full stretch tot turn in away. Even at the last O'Connor blocked superbly from a Keogh header and Sharp diverted a Mulligan shot wide inside the six yard box but Brentford held on to maintain their unbeaten record. Scunthorpe United: Murphy; Byrne (sub Taylor 58 mins), Crosby (sub Baraclough 31 mins), Foster, Williams; Mulligan, Sparrow, Hinds, Foy (sub Ferretti 58 mins); Keogh, Sharp Subs (not used): Lillis, Paul Bookings: Keogh (60 mins) Brentford: Nelson; O'Connor, Heywood, Griffiths, Tillen; Brooker, Mousinho, Pinault, Rhodes (sub Tomlin 66 mins); Kuffour, Moore (sub Charles 79 mins) Subs (not used): Masters, Ide, Osborne Bookings: Brooker (53 mins) (third of season) Attendance: 3,942 (251 Bees fans) Written by Chris Wickham  

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