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Posted Thu 18 Mar 10 at 12:46 PM

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 3 BRENTFORD 0

Two goals from set pieces and a late penalty handed Brentford a defeat on the south coast.

Brighton and Hove Albion recorded only their fourth home win of the campaign thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and substitutes Adam Virgo and Nicky Forster.

The Bees had started the brighter but their performance dipped after conceding the first goal and only in flashes did they look like heading back to London with anything.

And substitute Alan Bennett was sent off in stoppage time to compound their evening.

Brentford started well but the opening 20 minutes produced few chances at either end.

Myles Weston was The Bees' main outlet, and one of his crosses lead to a heading opportunity for Ben Strevens but Peter Brezovan gathered.

At the other end, Alan Navarro had a long range effort blocked and Marcos Painter blazed well over.

Brentford had the better of the first half hour, without really creating a clear cut opening.

Toumani Diagouraga missed the target with an ambitious overhead effort and Sam Wood had a header half blocked and cleared.

The best chance of the first half hour fell to the hosts on a rare early foray forward when Murray headed an Elliott Bennett cross narrowly wide.

The game swung Brighton's way just past the half hour - The Bees looked set to take the lead when Strevens flicked a Ryan Dickson throw to Charlie MacDonald, the striker turned away from Adam El-Abd and appeared to be fouled but referee Danny McDermaid waved the appeals away.

And moments later Brighton were ahead when Bennett swung over a free kick and Murray nipped in ahead of Wojciech Szczesny to head home.

That only served to boost the home side and Murray almost doubled the lead with a low shot that dribbled wide before Inigo Calderon blasted over.

Brentford came out after the break and immediately went on the front foot but again there were few openings.

Bennett headed over for the home side and Painter shot wide while at the other end Wood should have done better when a half cleared free kick dropped to him 14 yards out but he stabbed a shot over.

Brezovan smothered at the feet of MacDonald as Brentford applied the pressure and Lionel Ainsworth forced the goalkeeper into a low save from a breakaway.

As The Bees threw men forward gaps appeared at the back - Forster set up a golden chance for Painter but he shot straight at Szczesny from close range and the Polish goalkeeper made a fine save from a low Tommy Elphick shot soon after.

Forster missed the best opening of the lot when he was put clear by a long ball but wastefully curled a shot over the bar.

And that almost came back to haunt them when Gary Dicker misdirected a header from a Kevin O'Connor free kick and Brezovan had to make a fine save high to his left to keep his team in front.

The game entered stoppage time in the balance and like Saturday against Milton Keynes Dons there were two late goals - unfortunately on this occasion both went against The Bees.

Adam Virgo scored with his first touch - heading in a Dicker free kick awarded for a foul by Bees' defender Bennett on Murray for which he was booked.

And in the fourth minutes of stoppage time the ball was smacked against the Irishman's hand from point blank range and assistant referee John Farries signalled for a penalty.

Mr McDermaid issued a second yellow card and dismissed Bennett before Forster stepped up to smash the penalty low to Szczesny's right to top off a bad evening for The Bees.

Brighton and Hove Albion: Brezovan; Calderon, El-Abd, Elphick, Painter; Bennett, Navarro (sub Virgo 89 mins), Crofts, Dicker, LuaLua (sub Holroyd 20 mins (sub Forster 83 mins)); Murray

Subs (not used): Walker, Hart, Carole, Hoyte

Bookings: El-Abd (69 mins), Murray (79 mins)

Brentford: Szczesny; Foster, Phillips (sub Bennett h/t), Legge, Dickson; Wood (sub Ainsworth 62 mins), O'Connor, Diagouraga, Weston; MacDonald, Strevens (sub Cort 78 mins)

Subs (not used): Price, Hunt, Bean, Saunders

Bookings: O'Connor (88 mins) (fourth of season), Bennett (90 mins)

Sent Off: Bennett (90 mins) (second bookable offence)

Attendance: 5,539 (371 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

Two goals from set pieces and a late penalty handed Brentford a defeat on the south coast.

Brighton and Hove Albion recorded only their fourth home win of the campaign thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and substitutes Adam Virgo and Nicky Forster.

The Bees had started the brighter but their performance dipped after conceding the first goal and only in flashes did they look like heading back to London with anything.

And substitute Alan Bennett was sent off in stoppage time to compound their evening.

Brentford started well but the opening 20 minutes produced few chances at either end.

Myles Weston was The Bees' main outlet, and one of his crosses lead to a heading opportunity for Ben Strevens but Peter Brezovan gathered.

At the other end, Alan Navarro had a long range effort blocked and Marcos Painter blazed well over.

Brentford had the better of the first half hour, without really creating a clear cut opening.

Toumani Diagouraga missed the target with an ambitious overhead effort and Sam Wood had a header half blocked and cleared.

The best chance of the first half hour fell to the hosts on a rare early foray forward when Murray headed an Elliott Bennett cross narrowly wide.

The game swung Brighton's way just past the half hour - The Bees looked set to take the lead when Strevens flicked a Ryan Dickson throw to Charlie MacDonald, the striker turned away from Adam El-Abd and appeared to be fouled but referee Danny McDermaid waved the appeals away.

And moments later Brighton were ahead when Bennett swung over a free kick and Murray nipped in ahead of Wojciech Szczesny to head home.

That only served to boost the home side and Murray almost doubled the lead with a low shot that dribbled wide before Inigo Calderon blasted over.

Brentford came out after the break and immediately went on the front foot but again there were few openings.

Bennett headed over for the home side and Painter shot wide while at the other end Wood should have done better when a half cleared free kick dropped to him 14 yards out but he stabbed a shot over.

Brezovan smothered at the feet of MacDonald as Brentford applied the pressure and Lionel Ainsworth forced the goalkeeper into a low save from a breakaway.

As The Bees threw men forward gaps appeared at the back - Forster set up a golden chance for Painter but he shot straight at Szczesny from close range and the Polish goalkeeper made a fine save from a low Tommy Elphick shot soon after.

Forster missed the best opening of the lot when he was put clear by a long ball but wastefully curled a shot over the bar.

And that almost came back to haunt them when Gary Dicker misdirected a header from a Kevin O'Connor free kick and Brezovan had to make a fine save high to his left to keep his team in front.

The game entered stoppage time in the balance and like Saturday against Milton Keynes Dons there were two late goals - unfortunately on this occasion both went against The Bees.

Adam Virgo scored with his first touch - heading in a Dicker free kick awarded for a foul by Bees' defender Bennett on Murray for which he was booked.

And in the fourth minutes of stoppage time the ball was smacked against the Irishman's hand from point blank range and assistant referee John Farries signalled for a penalty.

Mr McDermaid issued a second yellow card and dismissed Bennett before Forster stepped up to smash the penalty low to Szczesny's right to top off a bad evening for The Bees.

Brighton and Hove Albion: Brezovan; Calderon, El-Abd, Elphick, Painter; Bennett, Navarro (sub Virgo 89 mins), Crofts, Dicker, LuaLua (sub Holroyd 20 mins (sub Forster 83 mins)); Murray

Subs (not used): Walker, Hart, Carole, Hoyte

Bookings: El-Abd (69 mins), Murray (79 mins)

Brentford: Szczesny; Foster, Phillips (sub Bennett h/t), Legge, Dickson; Wood (sub Ainsworth 62 mins), O'Connor, Diagouraga, Weston; MacDonald, Strevens (sub Cort 78 mins)

Subs (not used): Price, Hunt, Bean, Saunders

Bookings: O'Connor (88 mins) (fourth of season), Bennett (90 mins)

Sent Off: Bennett (90 mins) (second bookable offence)

Attendance: 5,539 (371 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

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