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Posted Wed 26 Dec 07 at 14:59 PM


Another goal of the season contender from Glenn Poole was not enough for Brentford as Wycombe Wanderers came from a goal down to win 3-1.

The Bees were in the ascendency and looked good value for their half time lead but the game changed when Ben Starosta was sent off, adjudged by referee Miller to have committed serious foul play, moments before the break.

Poole had opened the scoring with a piece of rare skill, volleying home from 25 yards first time when Ryan Dickson picked him out with a corner, but second half strikes from Sergio Torres, Scott McGleish and John Sutton gave the visitors the points.

The sending off loaded the dice in the visitors' favour and meant the game was never going to be as good after the break, and with Brentford forced to re-shuffle it was always likely to struggle to live up to the even first half.

Even without the brilliance of Poole there was much to keep a healthy Boxing Day crowd entertained in the first 45 minutes.

Scott McGleish and John Sutton failed to hit the target with early efforts for the visitors and Alan Connell pulled a first time shot wide after a nice lofted through ball by Poole.

Lee Thorpe also went close when he miss-hit a shot after a Connell cut back and Frank Fielding was able to block and Poole sliced an effort wide soon after.

Russell Martin shot wide when well placed and one of his defensive colleagues came within a whisker of giving the visitors the lead minutes later.

Brentford failed to clear a corner and David McCracken curled a cross to the far post where Leon Johnson headed against the crossbar, Matt Bloomfield looked set to convert the re-bound before Matthew Heywood produced a brilliant block.

Thorpe forced a save from Fielding when a connected with an Ide cross but Fielding tipped over the bar and from the resulting corner Poole brought Griffin Park to its feet with his Christmas cracker.

Connell had a shot saved soon after and Ide had an effort blocked but the visitors probably ended the half in the ascendency, McGleish headed over and Simon Brown produced a brilliant low save to deny Torres before Karleigh Osborne cleared Sutton's follow-up off the line.

When Starosta was sent off in first half stoppage time Brentford were always going to have a tough second 45 minutes but Thorpe had the first sight of goal after the break, when he turned and fired into the side netting.

After that half chance slipped away Wycombe took the initiative and Brentford were put to the sword.

Bloomfield had a shot deflected wide and Tommy Doherty had one easily saved before Torres equalised ten minutes into the second half, picking up a Sutton pass and finishing with aplomb.

The visitors surged forward, Sutton could have put them ahead but shot weakly when clean through but the second wasn't long in coming.

Torres lofted a ball into the Brentford box and Brown failed to gather, allowing McGleish to tap home.

Minutes later Sutton headed home a Craig Woodman cross to make it 3-1 and McGleish should have made it four but failed to round Brown when he only had the Brentford goalkeeper to beat.

The same player pulled a shot wide later in the piece and Bloomfield forced a fine save from Brown as time ticked on.

Kevin O'Connor flicked a header narrowly wide late on but Brentford could not find a goal and Wycombe went away with the points.

Brentford: Brown; Starosta, Heywood, Osborne, Dickson; Ide, O'Connor, Smith, Poole (sub Sinclair 69 mins); Connell (sub Charles 55 mins), Thorpe

Subs (not used): Masters, Pead, Moore

Bookings: Smith (72 mins)

Sent Off: Starosta (45 mins)

Wycombe Wanderers: Fielding; Martin, McCracken, Johnson, Stockley (sub Stockley h/t); Torres (sub Bullock 90 mins), Holt, Bloomfield, Woodman; McGleish (sub Daly 87 mins), Sutton

Subs (not used): Christon, Oakes

Bookings: Stockley (36 mins)

Attendance: 5,841 (1076 away fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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