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Posted Sat 10 Apr 10 at 19:05 PM


Three goals in 13 second half minutes gave Brentford a fine home victory over promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town.

A Charlie MacDonald brace - which took the increasingly prolific striker's tally for the season to 16 - sandwiched a Lewis Grabban goal as The Bees turned their dominance over the Yorkshire club into goals.

All three came inside the final 20 minutes but the home side had been by far the better team for most of the match and once MacDonald opened the scoring from the spot Huddersfield capitulated.

The Bees started brightly without creating any clear cut openings and Huddersfield's Theo Robinson had the first sights of goal.

He headed a Dean Heffernan cross wide and then fired into the side netting after The Bees failed to clear.

At the other end, Carl Cort headed wide and Grabban forced Alex Smithies into a low save after the Huddersfield stopper had made a mess of a clearance.

Leon Legge made a fine tackle when Heffernan tried to go clear but by the midway point of the first half Brentford were well on top.

Danny Foster miss-headed a Grabban cross wide, Myles Weston fired across the face of goal and then look set to force Smithies into a save when he raced onto a Toumani Diagouraga pass but dithered and Tom Clarke made a recovery tackle.

The Bees had the ball in the back of the net ten minutes before the break - MacDonald brought down a Sam Wood throw and skipped away from a couple of challenges, he fired in a low shot that Smithies was scrambling to save but it rolled off Grabban and in, only to be ruled out as the loan forward was in an offside position.

Karleigh Osborne made an important clearance from a James Berrett cross but Huddersfield's forays forward were becoming rare.

MacDonald shot over and Cort had an effort deflected into the arms of Smithies as The Bees ended the first half strongly.

But the visitors responded after the break and had early openings.

Robinson shot wide at the near post and Jordan Rhodes headed narrowly over while Osborne made an important clearance when Robinson bundled his way past Wojciech Szczesny and tried to pick out a team mate from a wide angle.

Szczesny saved well from a fierce cross-cum-shot from Gary Roberts, and then held a low Michael Collins effort before Neal Trotman headed wide.

Grabban shot wide for The Bees and Diagouraga volleyed wide but Huddersfield were on the front foot - Marcus Bean made an important block from a Robinson shot, Legge blocked a Trotman headed and Peter Clarke headed wide.

But Brentford weathered the storm, and responded.

They looked like they should have had a penalty when Grabban worked his way past Heffernan only to go down under a dubious challenge but referee Andy Hall waved away the appeals.

It was, however, not long until he did point to the spot.

Wood swung over a corner and the ball cannoned down off an Huddersfield arm and Mr Hall gave a penalty - Peter Clarke lead the protests but it may well have been the arm of Heffernan that it struck.

MacDonald didn't ask too many questions and lashed the penalty low to Smithies' right and into the net.

And from then on, there was only one winner.

Cort flicked a header wide from a Grabban cross and MacDonald headed straight at Smithies after great work on the left from Weston while at the other end Robinson and Rhodes missed the target from distance and Szczesny saved from Trotman and then Roberts.

Smithies saved well from Bean but was given no chance by Grabban when Cort put the wide man free, he raced clear and slotted the ball home for Brentford's second.

And 90 seconds later the game was well and truly up, MacDonald picked up Foster's throw, controlled and swivelled, lashing the ball high past Smithies and into the net.

Smithies saved well from a fierce Weston shot as Brentford threatened to run riot but Huddersfield could have pulled one back late on.

Trotman headed against the bar and seconds later Szczesny rushed out to save at the feet of Robinson, the ball bounced loose and the Polish stopper appeared to again get the ball as he challenged Roberts but the wide man went down and a penalty was given.

To the obvious delight of Szczesny, Roberts blazed his penalty miles over the bar.

It summed up Huddersfield's afternoon and meant Brentford had a fully deserved clean sheet to add to their haul of three points and three goals.

Brentford: Szczesny; Foster, Legge, Osborne, Wood; Grabban (sub Saunders 87 mins), Bean, Diagouraga, Weston; MacDonald, Cort

Subs (not used): Price, Blake, Hunt, Strevens

Bookings: Szczesny (90 mins) (third of season)

Huddersfield Town: Smithies; T. Clarke, P. Clarke, Trotman, Heffernan (sub Williams 83 mins); Berrett (sub Eccleston 74 mins), Drinkwater, Collins, Roberts; Rhodes, Robinson

Subs (not used): Eastwood, N. Clarke, Pearce, Chippendale, Hunt

Bookings: Drinkwater (45 mins)

Attendance: 5,209 (901 away fans)

By Chris Wickham

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