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Posted Tue 06 Mar 12 at 21:39 PM


Saido Berahino made it four goals in two games at Griffin Park as his double gave Brentford a 2-0 win over Exeter City.

After hitting two in the 4-0 win over Carlisle United last month, the on loan striker profited from two half cleared set pieces to give The Bees the win.

In the end it was rather comfortable for Brentford, as Exeter had captain David Noble sent off, but it only really became so after Berahino's opener.

Brentford had the first shot, Adam Forshaw seeing an effort blocked, and could have been ahead inside six minutes when Gary Alexander found Berahino and Artur Krysiak got down well to keep out the left foot shot.

They also went close from the resulting corner - Forshaw's delivery was flicked past Krysiak by Alexander and scrambled off the line by the Exeter defence.

But the game died a little after that and although Exeter probably had the better of the next 30 minutes, they only created one really good chance.

That fell to Jamie Cureton when he latched on to a Richard Logan pass but Simon Moore was out quickly to save at his feet.

Cureton had a weak shot saved but Jake Taylor did force Moore in to a save with a curling shot before Noble curled a shot over.

Toumani Diagouraga faded a shot wide for Brentford at the other end following a nice move before Taylor missed the target with a header.

Brentford made a tactical alteration, pulling Alexander out to the right of the three man front line, and it had an immediate impact.

Krysiak got down well to prevent Berahino turning in a low cross from Alexander and The Bees broke through a few moments later.

Jake Bidwell put over a free kick, Jonathan Douglas headed down and Leon Legge's miss-kick fooled the Exeter defence but not Berahino, who slotted home.

The visitors could have levelled before the break when Taylor got in round the back on the left, he fizzed the ball across towards Cureton but Moore was down low and the ball bounced wide off the Exeter striker.

Both teams made alterations at half time, Exeter bringing on Daniel Nardiello for Richard Logan and Brentford moving Niall McGinn back to be the front man in a diamond midfield.

The changes seemed to benefit The Bees more and they could have wrapped the game up before the hour mark.

McGinn played a ball through to Alexander that seemed to run away from the striker as he prepared to shoot and the effort was sliced wide before Krysiak made a superb low save from a Berahino shot.

Leon Legge headed a Forshaw corner wide, Douglas had a volley blocked and a Berahino effort was deflected away by an overworked Exeter defence.

Harlee Dean volleyed over for The Bees and Berahino missed the target with a shot on the turn as the game approached the three quarter mark.

Exeter's sole effort in the first half of the second period was a shot from Scot Bennett that nearly cleared the Brook Road Stand behind Moore's goal.

McGinn could have doubled the lead when he led a breakaway but his shot was blocked with three other men in support waiting for a pass.

Seconds later, as Exeter tried to clear, Noble put his arm in to the face of Dean as they jumped together and referee Darren Deadman immediately brought out a red card.

If that handed Brentford an advantage, they took it moments later.

Exeter failed to clear a corner and when Forshaw put the ball back in, Berahino rose completely unmarked to power a header in to the bottom corner.

That double blow completely killed off Exeter and although their reorganisation gave them a platform, they never looked like finding a way back.

Nardiello shot miles wide and then had an effort blocked for the visitors but Brentford ended in the ascendency.

Adam Thompson's shot was half blocked, with Diagouraga unable to turn the loose ball home and Berahino had a chance to complete his hat-trick but saw an effort hit a defender.

Harry Forrester and Clayton Donaldson failed to trouble Krysiak with efforts as Brentford sought a third but two was enough to make it three straight home wins.

Brentford: Moore; Thompson, Legge, Dean, Bidwell; Diagouraga, Douglas, Forshaw; McGinn (sub Saunders 73 mins), Alexander (sub Donaldson 73 mins), Berahino (sub Forrester 85 mins)

Subs (not used): Lee, Balkestein

Exeter City: Krysiak; Tully, Archibald-Henville, Coles, O'Brien (sub Sercombe 73 mins); Dunne, Bennett, Noble, Taylor; Cureton (sub O'Flynn 90 mins), Logan (sub Nardiello h/t)

Subs (not used): Pidgeley, Bauza

Bookings: Logan (38 mins), O'Brien (40 mins)

Sent Off: Noble (67 mins)

Attendance: 4,124 (347 away fans)

By Chris Wickham

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