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Posted Sat 15 Nov 08 at 21:12 PM


Two set piece goals helped Brentford record an important away win against ten-man Port Vale.

The Bees struck late in the first half and midway through the second half, both goals from Glenn Poole corners, as they secured their second away victory in six days - a win sealed with a late Charlie MacDonald goal.

The 3-0 win was the least the visitors deserved; they were having the better of things before the dismissal of Port Vale midfield man Ross Davidson for a two-footed lunge on Karleigh Osborne and completely dominated when they had a man advantage.

Brentford took the lead in first half stoppage time when a Poole corner wasn't properly cleared and Osborne lashed in a volley from seven yards, despite the best efforts of Vale stopper Joe Anyon.

The first period wasn't much of a spectacle, chances were few and far between and Brentford goalkeeper Ben Hamer did not have a save of note to make.

Marc Richards and Louis Dodds both fired efforts well off target for the home side and Simon Richman looped a header straight into the arms of Hamer soon after.

Nathan Elder headed wide for The Bees moments before Davidson was dismissed and it was all Brentford from then on.

Dean Bowditch fired wide and then headed a Poole cross off target before Osborne ended the half in the best possible way.

The second half continued as the first had ended, with Brentford dominating.

Marcus Bean shot wide and Bowditch had a shot blocked before the on-loan striker curled an effort wide after Elder had dispossessed Anthony Griffith.

The Bees got the second goal they deserved in the 67th minute when Bean arrived late at the near post to head a Poole corner powerfully past Anyon into the far corner.

From then on it simply a matter of how many Brentford would score as the beleaguered hosts wilted.

Bowditch brought a fine low save out of Anyon after MacDonald had fed him and the created space with a good overlapping run.

MacDonald smacked a shot against the post after picking up a Bowditch pass and Mark Phillips headed a Poole free kick straight at Anyon.

The third goal finally came in stoppage time and owed much to the efforts of substitute Adam Newton who won two 50-50 challenges on the right side before feeding MacDonald.

The striker controlled the ball and calmly slotted it past Anyon to seal The Bees' biggest way win for almost three years.

Port Vale: Anyon; Griffith, Collins, McCombe, McCrory (sub Lawrie 71 mins); Howland; Dodds, Richman, Davidson, Edwards (sub Glover 81 mins); Richards

Subs (not used): Martin, Rodgers, Prosser

Brentford: Hamer; Osborne, Phillips, Bennett, Dickson; Bowditch, O'Connor, Bean (sub Pead 90 mins), Poole (sub Wood 81 mins); Elder (sub Newton 61 mins), MacDonald

Subs (not used): Anderson, Johnson

Attendance: 6,058 (243 Bees fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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