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Posted Sat 20 Nov 10 at 17:35 PM

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 BRENTFORD 2

Charlie MacDonald scored the winning goal as Brentford recorded a 2-1 win away to Plymouth Argyle.

The striker scored his fifth of the season to give Brentford a deserved win.

They took the lead through Marcus Bean but were pegged back late in the first period.

After dominating the early stages of the second half, MacDonald struck the all-important goal to give The Bees the points.

It took Brentford a few minutes to get going - with no obvious left sided midfield player, Sam Saunders started on that flank before a re-shuffle saw him move to the right with Toumani Diagouraga filling that slot.

Richard Lee saved a low Bradley Wright-Phillips shot and Onismor Bhasera shot wide early on but Plymouth didn't take advantage of Brentford's slow start.

And The Bees grew into it.

MacDonald forced a fine save from Romain Larrieu with a low shot and Curtis Nelson made a superb tackle to deny Gary Alexander when the striker took one touch too many as he attempted to finish off a move involved Kevin O'Connor, Michael Spillane and Saunders.

The goal Brentford had been threatening came just past the midway point of the first half when Reda Johnson gave away a ridiculous free kick on the edge of his penalty area.

His needless nudge on MacDonald gave Craig Woodman a chance to deliver, Larrieu made a superb save from Spillane's header but could do nothing as Bean knocked it into the empty net from a tight angle.

Brentford were already on top and the goal gave them a further boost, but they were unable to create clear cut openings and Plymouth levelled before the break.

Bhasera played a hopeful ball forward, Rory Fallon was able to head it up in the air and had time to volley in as the defence dithered.

Bhasera diverted a shot over and Conor Clifford missed the target from long range as Plymouth took control.

Wright-Phillips shot wide after a nice Yala Bolasie pass and Lee saved from Clifford as the hosts ended the half stronger.

The half time break helped The Bees and they took control of the game after the re-start.

MacDonald headed a Spillane cross wide when well-placed and Diagouraga had a fierce shot blocked.

Alexander also saw a shot blocked when it appeared to be arrowing into the corner as Brentford pushed for a second goal.

Diagouraga had a shot blocked and Spillane blazed wide but Brentford were well on top.

Alexander could have scored when he brought down a Woodman cross but saw the shot blocked and from the resulting corner the goal came.

Saunders delivered it to the far post, Spillane volleyed it back across and MacDonald turned it in from close range.

Wright-Phillips should have equalised within seconds when he headed a Craig Noone corner wide from close range.

The home side pushed forward, and had lots of the ball soon after Brentford's goal.

They threw plenty of balls into Brentford's penalty area without creating a clear cut chance.

Lee saved a looping Wright-Philips header and reacted quickly after he'd dropped a Noone cross.

Noone curled a shot over late in the piece for the hosts, but they were running out of time and ideas.

Robbie Simpson had a shot deflected wide late on for Brentford and Larrieu saved from MacDonald in stoppage time but they didn't need a third goal to record a superb away win.

They did need a great late save from Lee as substitute Rory Patterson went through.

It was enough to preserve the lead and give The Bees the points.

Plymouth Argyle: Larrieu; Zubar, Johnson, Nelson, Bhasera; Noone, Clifford, Arnason, Bolasie (sub Patterson 79 mins); Wright-Phillips, Fallon

Subs (not used): Chenoweth, Duguid, N'Gala, Clark, Mason, Molyneux

Brentford: Lee; Spillane, Legge, Osborne, Woodman; Saunders, O'Connor (sub Balkestein 83 mins), Bean, Diagouraga (sub Hunt 79 mins); MacDonald, Alexander (sub Simpson 79 mins)

Subs (not used): Hamer, McCracken, Hudson, Forster

Attendance: 6,939 (425 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

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