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Match Report


Posted Sun 18 Feb 07 at 18:24 PM


Brentford's recent revival continued at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town thanks to second-half goals from Charlie Ide and Jo Kuffour. Bees' manager Scott Fitzgerald was forced into making two changes to the side that beat Brighton last Saturday at Griffin Park. Karleigh Osborne came in at right-back following Che Wilson's return to Southend, and fit-again Kevin O'Connor (regaining the armband from Andy Frampton) replaced John Mousinho, who failed a late fitness test. The match started brightly, with both sides looking to attack and a couple of early corners forced at either end. Andy Booth should have done better as the ball was allowed to bounce from one of those corners, but the first real chance of note came in the ninth minute; Sam Tillen's dangerous cross was headed clear and fell to Kevin O'Connor, whose well-hit volley fell just the wrong side of Matt Glennon's right-hand post. Shortly after, Danny Schofield saw his weak shot from twenty-five yards easily saved by Nathan Abbey. In the nineteenth minute veteran defender Frank Sinclair denied Neil Shipperley the chance to shoot, doing well to intercept Osborne's raking pass. Not long afterwards, Terriers midfielder Michael Collins saw his long-range shot drift just wide. Brentford were forced into a re-shuffle when Sam Tillen left the field with concussion in the twenty-third minute. He was replaced by Paul Brooker, who immediately moved into the left-side of midfield, with Joe Keith switching to left-back. Just a minute later the Bees had their best chance of the half, Kuffour latching onto Shipperley's header, but unable to prod the ball past Glennon in the Huddersfield goal. Shortly after, Andy Booth headed wide from a Gary Taylor-Fletcher cross when well-placed, and then Taylor-Fletcher saw his shot fizz over the bar from twenty yards. Booth then missed a great chance to give his side the lead, heading over from just six yards from another menacing Taylor-Fletcher cross. The Bees again came close on thirty-five minutes, Michael Leary linked up well with Joe Keith down the left, and when Keith's cross was headed out, Leary's brilliant first-time volley thundered into the side-netting, with many fans in the ground thinking it had gone in. Andy Frampton then did well to deny Luke Beckett in the six-yard box, before Beckett glanced a header wide from a good position. Just before half-time, Shipperley nearly opened his Bees account with a chance out of nothing, chesting the ball down and, despite a tight angle, firing his shot against the foot of Glennon's left-hand post, to the relief of the Town custodian. Huddersfield started the second-half brightly and Michael Collins should have done better from Matthew Young's pull-back, scuffing his shot from twelve yards. Leary then fired a long-range effort over the bar before the deadlock was broken in the fiftieth minute. Kuffour did well to hold the ball up in the left-hand channel before laying the ball off to Shipperley. Shipperley then picked out Charlie Ide to his right, who cut back inside, and dug out a delightful curling shot from the corner of the penalty box, the ball nestling into the opposite bottom corner of the net, giving Glennon no chance. Nine minutes later, the Bees had a second. Joe Keith darted down the left flank, and as Shipperley peeled away from his marker looking for the pull-back, Keith drilled the ball across goal, leaving Kuffour the simplest of tap-ins to double the lead. Sinclair then did well to block an Ide shot after good work by Shipperley, before Booth headed tamely wide at the other end. Schofield and Beckett then tried their luck with consecutive long-rangers, neither troubling Abbey in the Bees goal. Abbey was called into action in the seventy-fourth minute, saving well from a Collins snapshot, before a Paul Brooker cross very nearly caught Glennon out at the other end, drifting just wide with the Town keeper scrambling across his goal. Brentford made two successive substitutions, Adam Griffiths replacing Ide and Calum Willock replacing Jo Kuffour. The last action of the game saw Abbey save brilliantly from substitute Chris Brandon's piledriver, and Osborne deny Beckett a consolation with a great last-ditch tackle, as the Bees held on for a win that was as important as it was memorable. Huddersfield: Glennon; Holdsworth, Mirfin, Sinclair, Taylor; Young (Brandon 60), Taylor-Fletcher, Collins, Schofield; Booth, Beckett Subs (not used): Eastwood, Ahmed, McAliskey, McCombe Bookings: Holdsworth, Schofield Brentford: Abbey; Osborne, Frampton, Richards, Tillen (Brooker 23); Ide (Griffiths 75), Leary, O'Connor, Keith; Kuffour (Willock 77), Shipperley Subs (not used): Nelson, Carder-Andrews Bookings: Osborne Attendance: 10,520 Written by Matt Davis  

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