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Posted Sat 19 Dec 09 at 18:30 PM


Brentford pulled off a smash and grab raid as they won 1-0 away against Milton Keynes Dons, scoring with their only real chance.

Charlie MacDonald hit the game's only goal with three minutes remaining but Brentford were indebted to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who pulled off a series of fine saves to help The Bees to their fourth clean sheet in five outings.

MK will be scratching their heads, wondering how they did not win, but MacDonald gave them a lesson in how to finish.

The crucial moment came when Danny Foster played a ball forward and Marcus Bean won a vital flick on - MacDonald got himself between centre back Mathias Doumbe and right back Dan Woodards and raced through, he lashed the ball past Willy Gueret and into the net to send the 881 Bees fans into raptures.

Brentford's other chances - or half chances - could be counted on one hand but in Szczesny they had the game's outstanding player.

A save in first half stoppage time defied belief - Aaron Wilbraham found space on the right side of the penalty area and played the ball across to Jermaine Easter six yards out, Szczesny saved with his legs and then punched the ball clear as the striker prepared to pounce.

Wilbraham fired the re-bound across the face of goal and the moment encapsulated the game.

Jason Puncheon shot well wide early on and Easter was denied by a great Leon Legge tackle when it looked as if he was clean through.

Puncheon shot well over soon after before Pim Balkestein made another fine tackle when Easter went clear again and Szczesny pounced on the loose ball.

Luke Chadwick shot wide soon after while at the other end Bean and Legge had looping headers saved comfortably by Gueret.

The second half continued in the same vain, with the remarkable Szczesny proving unbeatable.

He denied Wilbraham with his legs when the striker was put through one-on-one by Puncheon and when he was beaten the woodwork came to Brentford's rescue.

Dean Lewington swung over a beautiful cross and Wilbraham rose highest, his headed cannoned off the crossbar and rolled across the goal line - Puncheon's effort from the re-bound was cleared off the line by Balkestein and from the resulting corner Szczesny saved again from Wilbraham.

Puncheon missed the target with a long range effort again and Wilbraham headed wide from close range before a Lewis Gobern effort was blocked by Bean.

Balkestein had a header blocked before MacDonald raced clear to score what proved to be the winner.

Legge deflected an Easter effort wide but Brentford's defence held firm and they claimed a vital away win.

Milton Keynes Dons: Gueret; Howell (sub Woodards 59 mins), Doumbe, McCracken, Lewington; Puncheon, Quashie (sub Powell 90 mins), Leven, Chadwick (sub Gobern 75 mins); Easter, Wilbraham

Subs (not used): Searle, Johnson, Carrington, Chicksen

Bookings: Howell (47 mins), Wilbraham (70 mins), Leven (84 mins)

Brentford: Szczesny; Foster, Legge, Balkestein, Dickson (sub Wood 81 mins); Hunt; Bostock (sub Weston 61 mins), Bean, O'Connor, Strevens; MacDonald

Subs (not used): Price, Bennett, Osborne, Cort, Murphy

Bookings: Strevens (84 mins)

Attendance: 9,520 (881 away fans)

By Chris Wickham

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