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Posted Tue 27 Jan 09 at 23:04 PM


Brentford bounced back to winning ways with a comprehensive demolition of fellow-promotion chasers Aldershot Town

The Bees lead 2-0 after a thrill-a-minute first half thanks to goals from Marcus Bean and Charlie MacDonald and it could have been a couple more.

The visitors probably had the better of the first ten minutes - and played good enough football to be dangerous throughout - but once Brentford took command they got their goals at important times and refused to let Aldershot back in.

And when Jordan Rhodes rounded off a fine home debut with a third goal late on The Bees had put a justified gloss on the score line.

The home side could have been ahead inside 50 seconds when Town goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz was forced into a flying save to his left by MacDonald.

And Ben Hamer was also busy early on, saving from Rob Elvins with his feet while the Brentford defence had to be alert to block efforts from Kirk Hudson, Scott Donnelly and John Grant.

After a slow start Brentford began to get on top, moving the ball delightfully across midfield and troubling a leaden-footed visiting defence with incisive forward play.

Sam Wood forced Jaimez-Ruiz into a save with a fierce low shot and a looping Rhodes header was also held by the Shots' stopper.

Rhodes should have out Brentford ahead when he raced onto an Adam Newton through ball and had only Jaimez-Ruiz to beat, he shot across the keeper but his shot also went past the far post.

Hamer saved an Anthony Straker effort but that was a rare bright spot for the visitors in a game Brentford were now dominating.

Bean clipped the outside of a post with a header from a Newton cross and Rhodes dragged an effort wide from the edge of the box after a nice move involving four of his team mates.

It looked only a matter of time before The Bees took the lead but when it came it was in unusual circumstances.

Jaimez-Ruiz had kept his team level with a fine piece of goalkeeping, rushing out at the feet of Rhodes as he tried to latch on to a Kevin O'Connor pass but he couldn't retain possession and when the loan striker put the ball back in Scott Davies inexplicably laid it off to Bean, who fired home.

It looked for a minute as if it would not stand as the assistant referee had his flag up for offside but after consultation referee Pat Miller gave the goal.

Hudson fired over as Aldershot looked for an immediate response but minutes later The Bees were awarded a penalty when MacDonald was hauled down by Chris Blackburn as he attempted to latch on to a Bean pass.

Blackburn was perhaps fortunate just to receive a yellow card as MacDonald was about to pull the trigger and he breathed an even bigger sigh of relief when Jaimez-Ruiz saved the penalty low to his left.

MacDonald looked to make amends immediately with a fizzing shot which cannoned off the crossbar but he didn't have long to wait as The Bees were awarded another spot kick minutes later.

The Bees' top scorer was largely responsible for it, chasing down a Bees pass to the edge of the box and robbing Jaimez-Ruiz, he crossed for Rhodes but Anthony Charles stuck out an arm to divert the shot wide.

Charles also escaped with just a booking but this time Jaimez-Ruiz couldn't bail his team mates out as MacDonald's penalty was hard and true to his right.

Rhodes had the ball in the net before half time but had it ruled out for offside and Hamer saved well low to his left to deny Hudson.

The second half wasn't as exciting as the first but it still had much to keep the interest of supporters of both sides.

Hamer tipped a Grant effort past the post early on before Blackburn blazed wide and substitute Louis Soares wasted a fine position with a woeful shot.

Soares was Aldershot's most dangerous weapon, Ryan Dickson produced a brilliant tackle as he looked set to race through and when he did get past The Bees back line he pulled a shot across the face of goal and wide.

Bean had a shot deflected wide for The Bees, Jaimez-Ruiz saved at the feet of Rhodes and also denied Newton before he produced a brilliant low stop to keep out a MacDonald effort.

Daniel Hylton shot over for the visitors before Davies curled a free kick off target and Hudson blasted wide but it was Brentford's evening.

Rhodes sealed the win with the goal of the evening, picking up a MacDonald pass and beating two defenders before he slipped the ball past Jaimez-Ruiz.

The over-worked Aldershot keeper made two good late saves to deny the excellent O'Connor but Brentford didn't need a fourth, their evening was already complete.

Brentford: Hamer; Halls (sub Osborne 82 mins), Bennett, Phillips, Dickson; Newton (sub Williams 85 mins), O'Connor, Bean, Wood; MacDonald, Rhodes

Subs (not used): Simon Brown, Hunt, Poole

Aldershot Town: Jaimez-Ruiz; Blackburn, Day, Charles, Straker; Hudson, Davies, Harding (sub Newman 77 mins), Donnelly (sub Soares 55 mins); Grant, Elvins (sub Hylton 62 mins)

Subs (not used): Mendes, Sandell

Attendance: 5,111 (784 away fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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