Brentford earned a point away at Bolton Wanderers on Monday night. John Swift’s second goal this season was cancelled out by Neil Danns in the second half.
The Bees made one change to the side that beat Nottingham Forest last weekend; Jack O’Connell coming in to replace the suspended Harlee Dean at the back.
David Button was forced into an early save as James Tarkowski’s pass back to him lacked momentum. Max Clayton gave chase into the box but the goalkeeper managed to get there first and clear it away.
The first chance for the visitors, dressed in black shirts with white shorts and socks, came from a corner. O’Connell found space at the far post but he could only divert his header wide.
In the tenth minute, Brentford took the lead. Alan Judge exchanged passes with Swift in the middle, before bursting forward towards the penalty area. The Irishman pulled the ball back to the edge of the box, where Swift collected it before curling a shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
The Whites quickly tried to make amends and Shola Ameobi saw a long shot tipped over the bar by Button. The resulting corner was fed immediately to Jose Manuel Casado who whipped in a shot from a narrow angle, forcing Button into another smart save at his near post.
At the other end, Alan McCormack bustled his way down the right wing and struck a ball across the face of goal. Bolton ‘keeper Ben Amos was across to parry the ball away from danger.
With nearly 20 minutes gone, Clayton flicked a long ball over the back line to Liam Feeney but his tame effort was saved by Button.
The hosts were getting possession in the final third of the pitch but couldn’t find a way through their resilient opponents. Tarkowski got across bravely to shut down the advancing Mark Davies - booked moments earlier for a late challenge on Toumani Diagouraga - and then O’Connell was on hand to nod away Feeney’s low header at goal.
Jake Bidwell saw a driven cross from the left blocked by David Wheater, which was then pounced upon by Amos before Lasse Vibe could get close to the rebound.
A Casado shot was deflected wide by Tarkowski after half an hour of football. Darren Pratley got on the end of the following corner but it was caught and held by Button.
Vibe then had two chances to increase the advantage but the Danish forward couldn’t take either of them. First he spun off his marker and let fly with a shot that ended up finding Row Z instead of the target. His second was a one-on-one, after a through ball from Bidwell, but Amos did well to knock the shot away with his left leg.
Just before half time, Swift had a point-blank volley saved by Amos after Judge had crossed the ball from left to right. The goalkeeper got his hands up quickly to palm the effort narrowly over the bar.
The second period opened slowly, as both sides swapped possession freely. The best moment in the first 10 minutes after the restart was a shot that Josh Vela smashed over the crossbar from distance.
55 minutes down and Bidwell nearly opened his Brentford account. A curled ball across the face of goal found the captain at the far post, he nodded it away from Amos only to see it drop agonisingly wide of the post.
Judge had a chance to score from a free-kick 25 yards out from goal, but Amos was able to get across and catch it without any real trouble.
Wanderers equalised after 65 minutes, Danns punishing Brentford for allowing him too much room on the edge pf the box. He rocketed a shot into the net via the right post after Ryan Woods had headed a free-kick his way from around the penalty spot.
Moments later Button pulled off a fine stop from close range to deny Ameobi putting Bolton ahead. Tarkowski was then alert to head Casado’s curling effort off the line with his goalkeeper stranded.
The home side carried all the momentum as Brentford defended desperately to keep the score level. Bidwell was the next member of the back four to head a deep cross away from goal with two attackers lurking.
Sergi Canós joined the action soon after, injecting some pace down the right wing, and his first action was to find Judge ahead of him on the flank. Judge’s swerving cross was punched away by Amos with Vibe close to connecting with it.
With minutes left, McCormack set the ball back to Vibe on the edge of the box. The Dane picked his spot and shot only for Amos to get his left hand up to parry it wide.
In the final few moments of regular time, Brentford won a corner when Konstantin Kerschbaumer saw a shot deflected wide after a cross from fellow substitute Sam Saunders. Canós flicked it on at the near post but it fizzed wide.
Bolton Wanderers: Amos; Vela, Dervite, Wheater, Casado; Danns, Davies (sub Dobbie , Pratley; Feeney, Clayton (sub Madine 40 mins), Ameobi
Subs (not used): Rachubka, Prince, Spearing, Twardzik, Holding
Booked: Davies (24 mins), Feeney (62 mins), Vela (64 mins)
Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, O'Connell, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Woods (sub Canós 68 mins), Judge (sub Saunders 81 mins), Swift (sub Kerschbaumer 74 mins); Vibe
Subs (not used): Bonham, Hofmann, Gogia, Barbet
Booked: Swift (45 mins), Tarkowski (90 mins) (fourth of season)
Attendance: 12,731 (396 away fans)