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Posted Sat 19 Mar 11 at 17:56 PM


First half goals from Marcus Bean and Gary Alexander gave Brentford a derby win over Leyton Orient. Brentford's first half performance was a joy to behold. They started superbly, scoring two goals in the opening quarter of the match, and did not give Orient a sniff. Alexander was almost unplayable, dominating the Orient defenders, and Myles Weston ran Andrew Whing ragged. But Brentford lost Richard Lee to injury just before half time and Orient pulled one back soon after the break to set up a superb second half. The East London side pushed for a levelled but Brentford held firm to take the points. Karleigh Osborne shot wide from an early corner before The Bees took a sixth minute lead. Kevin O'Connor headed forward and Lewis Grabban's flick was perfect for Bean, breaking from midfield. He barely had to break stride before firing home with his left foot past the despairing Jamie Jones. Alexander shot wide at the near post soon after following good work by O'Connor and Bean and Jones saved a Legge header soon after. Orient's goal lived a charmed life in the first 20 minutes - they cleared an Alexander header from deep inside the six yard box and on the quarter hour a second goal seemed a certainty. Grabban fed the ball through and Alexander fought off Elliot Omozusi to get in a shot that Jones saved, the ball broke back to Grabban but his shot couldn't make it through a crowd of bodies and Whing beat Weston to the loose ball to prevent it going in. Adam Barrett had a header easily saved by Lee but Orient could barely get in Brentford's half, let alone their penalty area. Barrett turned a Weston cross narrowly past his own post and Bean had a looping header saved before Jones kept out a deflected Grabban effort. It seemed to be when rather than if Brentford would score again and it came just past the midway point of the first half. Bean broke down the left and fed Weston, who skinned Whing, his cut back was fired home at the far post by the impressive Alexander. Legge had a header saved and then nodded wide as Brentford threatened to run riot and Jones had to make a fine save to deny Grabban when the striker went through one-on-one after picking up a Bean pass. But Orient came back into it as half time approached - Scott McGleish headed wide when well placed and Matthew Spring fired over in stoppage time. The visitors' best chance came when Alex Revell nodded down and Dean Cox got in behind the defence - he twisted to create an opening but Lee saved superbly to maintain Brentford's two goal lead. Unfortunately in making the save Lee damaged his shoulder and had to be replaced in first half stoppage time by Simon Moore. The new stopper was called into action early in the second half to save a Revell header but nine minutes after the re-start Orient were back in it. Charlie Daniels' corner was headed down by Jimmy Smith and McGleish fired in acrobatically to reduce to arrears. The game was completely different after the break. Orient, on a 14-match unbeaten run, had belief they could get something from the game and were invigorated by the early goal. Moore saved well from Smith and then from Daniels while Barrett headed over. The second period was turning into a mirror image of the first, this time Brentford were penned back and Orient flooded forward. Cox should probably have levelled when a long throw fell to him 12 yards out but he shot straight at Moore. Brentford were better equipped to turn the game round than Orient were in the first half, and started to create chances of their own. Adam Reed shot wide, Legge headed over and it took a brilliant save from Jones to keep Orient in it. Reed broke from midfield and fed Alexander on the right, when the ball was cut back, Reed fired from 12 yards but Jones somehow clawed it away. Brentford went even closer soon after - substitute Jeffrey Schlupp's first touch was to pick up an Alexander nod down and bundle his way past Jones, but he slipped as he went to shoot and hit the crossbar with the goal gaping. Smith could have levelled it up when he reacted quickest to a ball bouncing around the Brentford penalty area but he lifted it over the top with Moore charging out. Moore palmed away an Omozusi cross with Smith lurking as Orient pressed, but the game was flowing from end to end, providing an entertaining spectacle. Moore leapt high to his left to keep out a powerful Barrett header and from the resulting corner Jonathan Téhoué headed over. McGleish headed wide for Orient before a last-ditch tackle from Daniels denied Schlupp a shooting opportunity. Referee David Phillips added four minutes of stoppage time, that eventually became almost six as Reed picked up a knock after the 90 minutes were up, but Orient could not find a way through and Brentford were victorious. Brentford: Lee (sub Moore 45 mins); O'Connor, Legge, Osborne, Neilson; Reed, Bean, Diagouraga, Weston (sub Wood 80 mins); Grabban (sub Schlupp 73 mins), Alexander Subs (not used): Wright, Spillane, Byrne, Bignall Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing (sub Forbes 70 mins), Omozusi, Barrett, Daniels; Spring, Carroll (sub M'Poku 79 mins), Smith; Cox; McGleish, Revell (sub Téhoué 69 mins) Subs (not used): Butcher, Chambers, Jarvis, Kane Attendance: 6,368 (1,501 away fans) By Chris Wickham

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