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Posted Sat 22 Oct 11 at 16:57 PM


Clayton Donaldson struck a fantastic equaliser as Brentford earned a point in a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane against Notts County.

The Bees fell behind in the first half when Jeff Hughes lashed in a penalty but Donaldson equalised 13 seconds in to the second half to give his team a share of the spoils.

A draw was probably the right result at the end of an absorbing contest between two evenly matched teams.

Both had chances to win it but for the third time in 2011 a game between the two ended 1-1.

The home side started well without really creating any clear cut chances.

Neal Bishop had an early volley blocked and Richard Lee saved a weak Ben Burgess header while Donaldson flicked a header wide at the other end.

Craig Woodman made a vital headed clearance from an Alan Sheehan cross at County started to press before Bishop had an effort deflected wide and Jeff Hughes missed the target with an acrobatic volley.

Brentford had struggled to put together moves in the first 20 minutes but an injury to County's Gavin Mahon, which led to his withdrawal midway through the half, saw The Bees grow in to the game.

Toumani Diagouraga forced a save from Stuart Nelson with a cross-cum-shot before Blair Adams had a shot deflected over.

Brentford should have been awarded a penalty when Jonathan Douglas was taken out by Lee Hughes when he looked set to reach a low corner but referee Mark Haywood gave nothing and Karleigh Osborne had to make a vital headed clearance at the other end to prevent County breaking away to score.

Marcus Bean headed wide soon after as Brentford started to take control but the match took an ugly turn, and one that ultimately benefited the hosts, just before the half hour.

Sheehan attempted to take a run up to a dead ball from inside the Brentford technical area and collided with Bees boss Uwe Rösler, standing in his position to watch the game.

Mr Haywood, on the advice of fourth official Paul Hobday, deemed Rösler had committed an offence and sent him to the stands and in the melee that followed, led by Lee Hughes, Diagouraga and Sheehan were booked.

The game got a little fractious after that with neither team able to get any sort of hold on it.

But County's direct style won them a penalty in the later stages of the half.

A long ball bounced in the Brentford penalty area and Osborne fouled Alan Judge after the County midfield man headed it on.

Mr Haywood awarded a penalty and Jeff Hughes fired it in to the top corner to give the hosts the lead.

Douglas had a free kick saved in the dying seconds of the half and Julian Kelly curled an effort over for the hosts, who went in ahead.

But Brentford pegged them back within 13 seconds of the second half starting.

Miguel Llera fed a ball forward and Donaldson cut inside Krystian Pearce and thrillingly curled a shot over Nelson and in off the crossbar from 25 yards.

Marcus Bean should have given Brentford the lead when he headed wide when unmarked eight yards out as they started to push the home side back.

But County responded well and were indebted to Lee for a couple of fine saves.

He held on well to a low Judge shot before he rushed out to save at the feet at Lee Hughes and saved the follow up from Karl Hawley with his knees on the edge of his penalty area.

The game developed into a fantastic end-to-end spectacle with both teams searching for the winning goal.

Adams had a shot saved from a short corner before Niall McGinn missed a great chance when Donaldson bundled his way past Pearce and slipped him in but the Northern Ireland international dragged his shot wide.

Lee Hughes had a golden chance but failed to connect with a Ben Burgess nod down before Sam Sodje missed a trio of chances.

First he sliced wide from 25 yards before he missed his kick from 15 yards and then volleyed over when he tried to capitalise on a Brentford defensive lapse.

Judge fired in to the side netting as the game ticked in to the final minutes and neither team could find a late winner to win a pulsating match.

Notts County: Nelson; Kelly, Edwards, Pearce, Sheehan; Mahon (sub Hawley 25 mins); Bishop, Judge (sub Orenuga 82 mins), J. Hughes; Burgess (sub Sodje 70 mins), L. Hughes

Subs (not used): Spiess, Allen

Bookings: Sheehan (30 mins), Pearce (63 mins)

Brentford: Lee; O'Connor, Osborne, Llera, Woodman; Bean, Douglas, Diagouraga; McGinn (sub Wood 80 mins), Donaldson, Adams (sub Saunders 69 mins)

Subs (not used): Moore, Eger, Grella

Bookings: Diagouraga (30 mins) (second of season), Douglas (50 mins) (fourth of season)

Attendance: 6,735 (587 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

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