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Posted Mon 12 Feb 07 at 15:04 PM


Jo Kuffour's 12th goal of the season gave Brentford another vital three points as they overcame ten-man Brighton and Hove Albion at Griffin Park. The crucial goal came on the half hour when John Mousinho robbed Alexis Bertin in midfield and Neil Shipperley seized on the loose ball and fed Kuffour, who skipped away from Guy Butters and slotted calmly past Michel Kuipers. The Bees could have been a couple ahead by half time and when Brighton's Kerry Mayo was dismissed in first half stoppage time for a second bookable foul on Charlie Ide the scene was set for a home win. And Brentford didn't disappoint in the second half, seeing off everything The Seagulls could muster, while creating the better chances at the other end. In truth it was a game of few clear-cut openings, Brentford got the better of the midfield battle and the chances that did come fell to them. Joe Keith had an early opening when a poor Kuipers clearance fell to him, the Brentford wide man let fly from 40 yards with the goalkeeper stranded but the ball flew narrowly wide. Debutant Garry Richards headed wide and Kuffour pulled a shot across the face of goal before The Bees' top scorer clinically finished the best chance of the game And after dominating the first half Brentford received a further fillip when Mayo was shown a second yellow card for a cynical pull on Ide as he was racing clear minutes before half time. The visitors came out after the break and tried to fight their way back, Nathan Abbey saved well from a Dean Hammond header and it took a great tackle from Richards to prevent Jake Robinson equalising soon after. The loose ball fell to Bas Savage and Abbey saved well with his legs to preserve Brentford's lead. But The Bees were still creating the better chances, Richards headed over when well placed and Andrew Frampton flicked a header just wide. Keith brought a save out of Kuipers after playing a quick one-two with Leary and at the other end Savage and Hammond went close with headed efforts. Robinson had a good opportunity when he blazed wide from a Savage knockdown and the latter shot horribly wide late on but Brentford should really have wrapped the game up. Kuipers saved superbly from Sam Tillen after he exchanged passes with Shipperley and darted into the box and two last-ditch blocks denied Ide. A great move involving substitute Kevin O'Connor and Kuffour set up Shipperley and Kuipers denied him with a fingertip save while Butters cleared off the line from a bobbling Ide effort. Ide volleyed narrowly over and Frampton fired wide late on but it didn't matter and Brentford picked up successive wins for the first time since the first two games of the season. Brentford: Abbey; Wilson, Richards, Frampton, Tillen; Ide, Mousinho, Leary (sub O'Connor 64 mins), Keith; Shipperley, Kuffour Subs (not used): Masters, Willock, Brooker, Osborne Bookings: Frampton (43 mins) (fourth of season), Richards (45 mins) Brighton and Hove Albion: Kuipers; O'Cearuill (sub Rents 82 mins), Lynch, Butters (sub Gatting 87 mins), Mayo; Ward (sub Savage h/t), Bertin, El-Abd, Hammond; Robinson, Cox Subs (not used): Sullivan, Fraser Bookings: Mayo (25 mins), O'Cearuill (48 mins), Bertin (88 mins) Sent Off: Mayo (45 mins) (second booking) Attendance: 7,023 Written by Chris Wickham Due to technical problems experienced during the match, the full match report was slightly delayed. We apologise for the delay.  

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