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Posted Sat 07 Mar 09 at 18:24 PM


Brentford extended their unbeaten run to seven matches and maintained their lead at the top of League Two with a hard earned 0-0 draw against Rotherham United.

In windy conditions the two teams served up a tight game where defences were on top and chances were limited.

Following the introduction of Nathan Elder for the last quarter of the match Brentford began to gain the upper hand but they could not breach a well-organised Rotherham rearguard.

And when Elder had to be withdrawn inside the last ten minutes Brentford's best attacking option disappeared.

The home side had the better of the chances in the first period but there were few efforts of note.

Mark Hudson had a shot saved by Ben Hamer inside the first 30 seconds and Drewe Broughton shot straight at the Brentford goalkeeper after a nice dummy by Micky Cummins.

Broughton headed wide - and left Hamer in a heap - when he beat the Brentford stopper to a long ball forward and Nick Fenton had an acrobatic effort blocked.

Brentford's best early effort was by Sam Wood, who shot wide from distance, but they had a golden opportunity midway through the half.

A John Halls free kick eluded the home defence and found Jordan Rhodes in space behind but the young striker's low shot was comfortably held by Andy Warrington.

Broughton had a golden chance late in the half but headed over from close range and the home side had appeals for a penalty when Jamie Clarke went down under a Mark Phillips challenge.

Jamie Green and Pablo Mills fired wide from long range early in the second period and Hamer produced a good late save to deny Clarke.

But Brentford came closer in the second period - Wood drilled a shot which was deflected inches wide of the far post and Elder headed a corner narrowly wide.

Marvin Williams also went close late on when a Kevin O'Connor found him at the far post but Warrington saved his shot and a goal kick was given as the ball pin-balled around the box.

Alan Bennett blocked well from Cummins and Clarke fired over in added time but with Wycombe Wanderers held at home by Chesterfield The Bees stay four points clear at the top of League Two.

Brentford: Hamer; Halls, Phillips, Bennett, Dickson; Williams (sub Newton 79 mins), O'Connor, Bean, Wood; MacDonald, Rhodes (Sub Elder 64 mins (sub Osborne 83 mins))

Subs (not used): Simon Brown, Hunt

Rotherham United: Warrington; Tonge, Sharps, Fenton, Green; Cummins, Mills, Hudson; Reid (sub R. Taylor 76 mins), Broughton, Clarke

Subs (not used) Cann, J. Taylor, Harrison, Joseph

Attendance: 3,406 (539 Bees fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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