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Posted Sat 25 Feb 12 at 17:26 PM


Brentford and Scunthorpe United played out their second 0-0 draw of the season at Glanford Park.

It was not a first half for the purist - both teams were direct and although Brentford tried to play the ball around in midfield, the playing surface and sheer amount of bodies in the area made it difficult.

There were more chances in the second period as Scunthorpe hit the crossbar and Saido Berahino went close for The Bees.

But neither side could find a way through and shared the spoils.

Scunthorpe had the better chances in the first half and will probably feel they should have gone in ahead.

Mark Duffy, who was the hosts' main threat, had two early shots blocked and Jon Parkin was flagged offside as he tried to turn in the loose ball from one of those efforts.

Simon Moore saved a low Josh Walker shot, Sam Togwell dragged an effort wide and Parkin had an effort blocked at source.

The best chance of the first half fell to Parkin when he found space to shoot from 15 yards but he dragged the shot wide.

Brentford had few openings in the first 45 minutes - Sam Saunders bent an effort wide and Harlee Dean forced a loose ball wide when a free kick was half cleared.

Scunthorpe certainly held the upper hand before the break - Parkin had another shot blocked as did Michael O'Connor before the latter missed the target with a volley from 15 yards after a corner was half cleared.

Brentford looked best when they were able to get Berahino and Clayton Donaldson running in to the space behind the Scunthorpe defence, but it didn't happen often in the first half.

One time it did was in the dying stages when Donaldson got in behind David Mirfin and got his toe to a Jonathan Douglas pass - Sam Slocombe in the Scunthorpe goal just managed to keep it out.

The Bees went even closer after the re-start - following nice interplay on the edge of the area, Berahino fired in a shot that Slocombe palmed away and when Marcus Bean fired the re-bound towards goal, Paul Reid blocked it.

Moore saved a Parkin shot as the second half started in a lively fashion before Berahino missed the target with a volley at the other end and Toumani Diagouraga blazed wide.

Parkin missed a golden chance for the home side when Duffy picked up a loose Douglas ball and cut a pass back but the striker lashed wide from 15 yards.

Donaldson shot wide for Brentford and Dean missed the target with a volley after a corner was half cleared.

Parkin came within a whisker of opening the scoring when he headed a Walker cross against the crossbar from six yards.

The striker really should have scored and Brentford almost made him pay when Bean headed an Adam Forshaw corner down but Scunthorpe were able to scramble away.

There were few late chances as although both teams tried to win it, they weren't able to open the opposition up at the other end.

Duffy had a curling effort blocked and Gary Alexander lifted a volley over before Brentford scrambled away a Garry Thompson cross.

Pim Balkestein almost won it at the death with a low shot that Slocombe saved low and when referee Steve Rushton brought proceedings to a close seconds later it ended 180 minutes of play between the teams that had failed to produce a goal.

Scunthorpe United: Slocombe; Ribeiro, Mirfin, Reid, Reckord; Duffy, O'Connor, Walker, Togwell, Barcham (sub Thompson 76 mins); Parkin (sub Robertson 86 mins)

Subs (not used): Byrne, Mozika, Grant

Bookings: Reid (16 mins)

Brentford: Moore; Thompson, Legge, Dean, Bidwell; Bean (sub Balkestein 90 mins), Diagouraga, Douglas; Saunders (sub Forshaw 69 mins); Donaldson (sub Alexander 75 mins), Berahino

Subs (not used): Lee, McGinn

Bookings: Bean (39 mins) (sixth of season), Legge (90 mins) (fourth of season)

Attendance: 3,844 (292 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

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