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Posted Sat 22 Aug 09 at 18:34 PM


Cleveland Taylor came off the bench to score an equaliser for Brentford as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Southampton

The Bees looked destined for their first League One defeat of the season when Dan Harding put the hosts ahead inside the last twenty minutes but a combination of Taylor and Ryan Dickson fashioned a leveller.

Dickson was the architect with a brilliant run on the left, he beat four or five men before standing up a cross from an improbable angle that Taylor met with a diving header to send almost 2,500 travelling Brentford fans into raptures.

A share of the spoils was just about fair, Southampton had worked hard to get themselves ahead but were never truly in command and Brentford had enough chances to feel a draw was the right result.

On a warm afternoon the sides dished up an exciting game in front of almost 20,000 spectators.

Brentford probably had the better chances in the first half but Southampton, with new £1m signing Rickie Lambert leading the attack, were always a threat.

Lambert could have scored inside the first 20 seconds when he turned and shot straight at Lewis Price from 12 yards and he forced the Brentford goalkeeper into the first save of the afternoon with a low free kick soon after.

Carl Cort shot over at the other end for Brentford and Sam Wood pulled a shot wide after a Sam Saunders free kick was half cleared.

Jacob Mellis and Morgan Schneiderlin shot wide for the home side and Myles Weston hooked an effort on to the top of the net soon after.

Both sides hit the woodwork with headers within minutes of each other midway through the half - Adam Lallana for the hosts from a Lambert cross and Wood for Brentford from a Weston cut back.

A Weston run and cross narrowly eluded a pair of Sams - Saunders and Wood - and an acrobatic Saunders effort went wide soon after.

Weston fired over for Brentford, Danny Foster made an important headed clearance to deny Matt Paterson and Neal Trotman headed over from close range as the half ended with a goal looking more likely.

Kelvin Davies saved a low Kevin O'Connor effort an Weston shot over from 15 yards after latching on to a Wood pass as Brentford ended the half well.

They also started the second brightly - Cort shot over and David Hunt fired across the face of goal soon after.

But Southampton started to assert themselves - Dickson made a brilliant late tackle as substitute Marek Saganowski looked set to scored, Schneiderlin fired wide from a Lambert lay off and Mark Phillips superbly blocked a Lambert volley.

Saunders forced Davies into a low save with a header but a goal looked likely at the other end - and so it proved.

Lallana swung over a cross from the left, Lambert headed down and Harding fired in from close range.

Brentford introduced Taylor and Steve Kabba as they sought a leveller and the former provided it with seven minutes remaining.

He could even have won it with a low cross-cum-shot from a quick Hunt throw but Southampton cleared.

Lallana forced Price into a low save, Lambert curled a free kick over and Cort nodded off target at the other end as both sides looked for a winner.

Kabba came close but he was unable to turn in a Hunt cross and the hosts went closer when Saganowski had a shot blocked and Price saved well to his right from Schneiderlin.

But the killer goal could not be found and the spoils were shared.

Southampton: Davis; James, Perry, Trotman, Harding; Lallana, Hammond, Schneiderlin, Mellis (sub Thomson h/t); Lambert (sub Rasiak 88 mins), Paterson (sub Saganowski h/t)

Subs (not used): Bialkowski, Thomas, Wotton, Lancashire

Bookings: Harding (49 mins)

Brentford: Price; Foster, Wilson, Phillips, Dickson; Saunders (sub Taylor 76 mins), Hunt, O'Connor, Wood; Weston (sub Kabba 74 mins), Cort

Subs (not used): Bull, Osborne, Legge, Williams, Bean,

Bookings: Foster (19 mins), Hunt (84 mins)

Attendance: 19,169 (2,415 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

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