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Posted Tue 02 Jan 07 at 09:44 AM


The Bees went into their first game of 2007 in confident fashion on the back of their first League victory in almost four months. But ninety minutes later they had seen little reward for their efforts against a high flying Swansea side who made the most of the luck that comes the way of those in the higher echelons of the League.

Matt Heywood was missing from the winning line up from two days earlier and was replaced by Darius Charles.

The opening ten minutes saw both sides test the other with The Bees enjoying plenty of possession.

As the game wore on Swansea started to exert more pressure however it came as a surprise, not to mention the customary kick in the teeth, when the home side took the lead in the 29th minute. The gangly Dennis Lawrence picked out former Bee Darren Pratley who flighted the ball forward for the suspended Lee Trundle`s replacement, Adebayo Akinfenwa who lobbed the ball over Nathan Abbey.

The experience of the home side continued to test the basically inexperienced Bees but they could find no way past Abbey who was doing everything that was asked of him.

But come the 41st minute and Karleigh Osborne managed to do what the Welsh side were finding it increasingly difficult to do…beat Nathan Abbey. But the chance, and ultimately the killer goal, should never have been allowed to come about if the referee had rightly given a free kick for a challenge on Simon Cox near the half way line. But in keeping with a number of other decisions, it was overlooked to Brentford`s chagrin, and Leon Britton raced on before playing forward to the ever dangerous Andy Robinson who saw his shot deflect off of Osborne and beyond Abbey.

The second half saw Pratley being replaced as was the influential Andy Robinson 13 minutes later and from there on in The Bees gave as good as they got.

But in the 62nd minute Karleigh Osborne`s afternoon of woe was complete when he had to be substituted following a crunching challenge and he was replaced by Thomas Pinault.

The inclusion of the transfer listed Frenchman gave an impetus to The Bees forward incursions however they were somewhat limited to long range efforts although even those have been in short supply recently.

But come the final whistle regardless of the promptings of the 134 Bees fans present who still managed to make as much noise as the Swans fans in the 12,554 crowd, The Bees came away with nothing.

Swansea City: Gueret, Tate, Painter, Austin, Lawrence, Britton, Pratley (Butler 45), Craney, Robinson (Amankwaah 58), Fallon, Akinfenwa.

Unused Subs: Oakes, Williams & Jones.

Brentford: Abbey, Osborne (Pinault 62), Griffiths, Charles, Frampton, Brooker (Peters 77), O`Connor, Mousinho, Cox (Tillen 89), Kuffour, Willock.

Unused Subs: Brown & Skulason.

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