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Posted Mon 08 Aug 11 at 10:05 AM


Shaleum Logan scored on his début as Uwe Rösler's first competitive outing as Brentford manager ended in a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town on the opening day of the 2011/12 npower League One season.

The right back was involved in the first goal, scored by Gary Alexander from the penalty spot, and hit the second himself as Brentford eased to victory.

It could have been more comprehensive as, apart from short spells in the first half and in the dying stages, Yeovil were hardly in the contest and visiting goalkeeper Jed Steer was the busiest man on the pitch for long periods.

The largest crowd on the opening day of the season at Griffin Park for a number of years were royally entertained by a first-rate Brentford performance.

The Bees started brightly and could have been ahead inside the first two minutes but Myles Weston was narrowly unable to reach a cute Alexander cross.

The first ten minutes was a sign of things to come - it was dominated by the home side and it took a series of increasingly desperate tackles to stop them breaking through.

Jake Reeves, who grew in to his first first start in professional football, shot over from distance but in general Brentford had the advantage in possession and territory but not on the score sheet.

Yeovil nearly caught them with a sucker punch when Gavin Williams turned well on the edge of the penalty area and fired in a low shot that Richard Lee could only palm away, Luke Ayling was following up but his shot was blocked by Craig Woodman.

Lee saved from Jonathan Obika soon after but most of the action was at the other end.

Niall McGinn fired in a cross-cum shot that flew across the face of goal, Weston shot weakly after bursting on to an Alexander nod down and Reeves curled a free kick over.

Reeves fired another set piece in to a defensive wall but the pressure was building and Yeovil's dam burst just before the half hour.

Logan put in a cross from the right that cannoned in to the arm of Nathan Jones and the junior assistant referee on the New Road side of the ground - who moments earlier had given offside against Brentford when the ball was played by a Yeovil man - signalled for a penalty.

After lengthy protests, which included a booking for Paul Wotton, Alexander stepped up to steer the penalty low to Jed Steer's left and in to the net.

Gavin Williams lashed over after a nice turn for the visitors before Jones had a great chance to make amends.

Steve MacLean was the architect, his brilliant turn and pass set Jones darting in to the Brentford box but the left back pulled his shot wide from ten yards.

Alexander headed a Reeves corner over late in the first half and another flag kick almost brought The Bees a second just after the break.

A clever move saw Weston lay McGinn's corner in to the path of Reeves, his drilled ball was flicked by Marcel Eger and appeared to be past Steer before the keeper dived low to keep it out.

Weston and McGinn shot over for Brentford, who were retaining their control on the game - albeit the contest was a little more scrappy in the early stages of the second period, before Sam Saunders curled a free kick in to the defensive wall with his first touch.

McGinn had the ball in the net midway through the second half but the effort was ruled out for offside and Steer tipped over a powerful Clayton Donaldson drive soon after.

Yeovil soon had more cautions than attempts on goal and Steer was keeping them in the game - he produced a wonderful point blank save to prevent Eger heading in a Reeves corner to make it two with twenty minutes remaining.

Gavin Williams seemed to be the man most likely to make something happen for Yeovil - he won a corner after a super run from deep and then delivered a ball that Rory Fallon headed over from close range.

The second goal Brentford deserved came with 15 minutes remaining.

Following a superb flowing move involving Woodman, Jonathan Douglas and Donaldson, Saunders laid the ball in to the path of Logan and he rolled the ball through a crowd of bodies and in off the far post.

Douglas had a shot deflected wide soon after as Brentford threatened to run riot, MacDonald shot across the face of goal and Donaldson was just unable to turn in a Logan cross.

Gavin Williams shot well over for the visitors, before bringing a good save out of Lee in the dying stages and Rory Fallon had a header saved.

Alexander should have made it three late on when, following superb work by Kevin O'Connor, he shot over from ten yards and MacDonald volleyed wide following a smart breakaway.

But while the score line may not show it, the teams were poles apart and Brentford were worthy winners.

Brentford: Lee; Logan, Osborne, Eger, Woodman; Weston (sub Saunders 58 mins), Douglas, Reeves (sub O'Connor 81 mins), McGinn (sub MacDonald 72 mins); Donaldson, Alexander

Subs (not used): Moore, Balkestein

Yeovil Town: Steer; Ayling, N'Gala, Huntington, Ehmer (sub Haynes-Brown 56 mins), Jones; Upson, G. Williams, Wotton; MacLean (sub Fallon 56 mins), Obika (sub A. Williams 62 mins)

Subs (not used): Edgar, Agard

Bookings: MacLean (3 mins), Wotton (29 mins), Upson (66 mins), Ayling (69 mins)

Attendance: 6,278 (512 away fans)

By Chris Wickham

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