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Posted Thu 03 Jan 08 at 08:58 AM


Brentford started 2008 in the manner that they left 2007, as a brace from in form Glenn Poole, his sixth and seventh goals of the season, gave them a convincing away win over Dagenham and Redbridge. Andy Scott was forced into making two changes from the side that beat Chester City so convincingly on Saturday. As previously reported, Simon Brown was injured in training on New Year's Eve, and was replaced by Ben Hamer, brought in on an emergency loan deal from Reading. Charlie Ide failed to recover from the injury he sustained against Chester, and was replaced in the starting XI by Ricky Shakes. Ross Montague, fresh from scoring his first competitive goal on Saturday, again started up front with Alan Connell in the continued absence of Lee Thorpe through injury. Dagenham were unchanged from the side that won 2-0 at Bury on Saturday. Brentford started brightly, Connell going close from a Montague lay-off, and Gary Smith curling a left-footed shot wide. Glenn Poole went close on the quarter-hour mark, dragging his shot just wide after good work from Montague and Smith. Brentford were now starting to dominate proceedings, although at the other end Jon Nurse escaped the attentions of Craig Pead, his cross just eluding Sam Saunders who was stealing in at the far post. However the Bees got the goal their possession deserved just a couple of minutes later, through a simple but clinical goal on the break. A long throw was flicked on by a Dagenham defender and controlled superbly by Connell, who swivelled and hit a brilliant volleyed pass across Uddin and into the path of Poole, who took a touch and arrowed a left-footed shot into Tony Roberts' left-hand corner for his third goal in three games. Four minutes later Poole fed Ryan Dickson with a long pass down the left, the on-loan defender out-paced Danny Foster and sent in a lobbed cross which Ricky Shakes met with a powerful volley at the far post, Scott Griffiths providing an important block from six yards. Ben Hamer was called into action to gather a powerful Nurse cross-shot at the second attempt, before Ben Strevens shot into the ground when well placed inside the box. Hamer then saved comfortably from Glen Southern, before at the other end Connell hit a shot straight at Roberts, and Smith pulled his shot wide when running though one-on-one following an intelligent Connell pass. Connell then saw his shot cleared off the line by Uddin, and a subsequent header comfortably saved by Roberts, before Poole tested the Daggers' keeper with a right footed volley from 18 yards. With the Bees turning the screw, Connell was denied what would have been another goal for the scrapbook by a wonderful save from Roberts, the in-form and dominant Bees striker hitting a majestic lob from 30 yards, Roberts reacting superbly to tip the ball over and keep the scoreline down going into half-time. Dagenham came out for the second half with real purpose and forced a corner when Dickson sliced his attempted clearance behind the goal line. Heywood cleared and in the resulting play Saunders saw his cross knocked behind by Craig Pead at the far post. From the resultant corner, Strevens saw his header cleared off the line, but at the second attempt managed to fire a shot in off the left-hand post to level the scores. Now it was the home side's turn to exert some authority, and Hamer did well to tip Saunders' low angled shot around the post, before Sam Sloma dragged a shot wide from 15 yards. With the rain teeming down, Brentford were literally weathering the storm and regained the lead against the run of play on 67 minutes. Ross Montague latched onto an O'Connor pass and composed himself in the penalty area before pulling in a low cross. The ball ran behind Connell but straight into the path of Poole, who coolly slotted a right-footed shot past the despairing Roberts and celebrated in front of the 913 Bees fans assembled behind the goal. Within minutes Poole was nearly claiming the match ball, connecting superbly on the volley from Shakes' lobbed cross, but too close to Roberts who saved well. At the other end, Shane Huke went close with an arching header that he couldn't quite keep down. With three minutes remaining substitute Sammy Moore's flick put Montague through, but Roberts read it early and rushed off his line to clear with his feet. Hamer then saved easily from Southam's low drive. Dagenham then forced a corner after Heywood had cleared Saunders' free-kick, and as Roberts came up to join everybody else in the box, the home keeper caused some confusion, the ball dropping to Strevens who lashed his shot over from 15 yards, and the Bees held on for a deserved three points. Brentford: Hamer; Pead, Heywood, Osborne, Dickson; Shakes (Moore 80), O'Connor, Smith, Poole (Charles 90); Connell, Montague Subs (not used): Masters, Dark, Sinclair Bookings: None Dagenham and Redbridge: Roberts; Foster, Uddin, Okuonghae (Boardman 80), Griffiths; Saunders, Southam, Huke, Sloma (Green 71); Strevens, Nurse Subs (not used): Thompson, Taylor, Cook Bookings: None Attendance: 2355 (913 Bees Fans) Written by Matt Davis

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