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Posted Sat 16 Sep 06 at 17:00 PM


Defences were on top at Griffin Park as Brentford and AFC Bournemouth played out an entertaining but ultimately goalless draw.

The Bees had the better of a first half where clear cut chances were few and far between and played the more convincing football.

And they continued to hold the upper hand after the interval but couldn't breach a well-marshalled Bournemouth backline

The best chance of the match came eight minutes before the break when Gavin Tomlin lofted a ball to the far post, perfectly meeting the run of Paul Brooker.

Brooker lofted the ball over the advancing Bournemouth goalkeeper Gareth Stewart but Neil Young managed to get back and clear the ball off the line.

Brentford might also feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty just past the half hour when Jo Kuffour appeared to be scythed down inside the penalty area but referee Trevor Kettle deemed Kuffour to have dived and cautioned the Bees' top scorer.

Bournemouth's clearest sight of goal came when Stuart Nelson failed to gather a deep cross from Warren Cummings under pressure from Leon Best and Steve Fletcher, the ball dropped to Stephen Purches who lashed over the bar with the Brentford goalkeeper scrambling back into position.

Cummings had earlier forced Nelson to pluck a rising shot out of the air and Simon Cox stung Stewart's palms with a driven effort for The Bees.

The Bees had the better of things after the break too but were unable to fashion the clear-cut opening they needed, Tomlin's rasping drive tipped over by Stewart just past the hour mark as near as either team came to winning it.

Sam Tillen also had a decent chance when a cut back from Alex Rhodes fell to him on the edge of the box but he dragged his shot wide.

Bournemouth's best chances fell to Leon Best, a header from a Steven Foley cross which Nelson saved well to his left and a low shot which flew inches wide of the far post when he latched on to a long Stewart kick.

But ultimately both teams' attempts to break through were thwarted by fine defensive displays and the game finished goalless.

Brentford: Nelson; O'Connor, Heywood, Griffiths (sub Osborne 69 mins), Tillen; Brooker, Cox, Pinault, Tomlin; Kuffour, Rhodes (sub Moore 74 mins)

Subs (not used): Masters, Willock, Mousinho

Bookings: Kuffour (32 mins), Cox (48 mins) (second of season),

AFC Bournemouth: Stewart; Broadhurst, Young, Howe; Purches, Cooper (sub Hollands 67 mins), Foley, Cummings; Hayter; Best (sub Cooke 80 mins), Fletcher

Subs (not used): Moss, Maher, Gowling

Bookings: Best (38 mins)

Attendance: 6,272

Written by Chris Wickham

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