No goals in Shropshire
Brentford and Shrewsbury Town played out their second 0-0 draw of the season on a horrible afternoon in Shropshire.
The first half was largely even.
Brentford may have had slightly the better of the territory, and more possession, but Shrewsbury had more sights of goal in first 45.
Their best came when a corner was half cleared and Darren Jones diverted an effort inches over from ten yards and Luke Rodgers miss-hit from ten yards later in the first period.
Connor Goldson also fired a shot inches wide from 25 yards in the dying stages of the first half.
The Bees largely took control after the break and had opportunities but could not find the crucial goal and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
The Bees could have been ahead inside the first three minutes – Marcello Trotta reacted quickest to a Clayton Donaldson cross, spun and shot inches wide of the far post.
If that had gone in, the afternoon may have been different but on a heavy pitch that started to cut up inside the first 20 minutes, Brentford struggled to move the ball as well as they normally do in the first half.
Shrewsbury were tenacious in midfield, not allowing Brentford time to pass the ball and looked to get the ball in behind the visitors’ defence.
Stuart Dallas, making his full Football League debut, neatly curled a corner straight in and Harlee Dean shot wide from distance in the early stages.
At the other end, Rob Purdie could not profit from a Rodgers pass and Goldson headed a corner wide.
Rodgers shot wide and Richard Lee saved at the feet of Jon Taylor but neither team could get complete control.
Dean blocked a Marvin Morgan shot and a curling Matt Richards free kick beat everyone and bounced just past the far post.
Trotta almost put Brentford in front at the end of the first half when he picked up a Shaleum Logan pass and worked his way in to the penalty area but his shot was just wide of Chris Weale’s near post.
Rodgers shot over when well-placed early in the second half and then hit a powerful effort straight at lee but Brentford took a measure of control immediately after the break.
They were able to move the ball at pace in wide areas and pushed the home side back.
Toumani Diagouraga hit a shot from a corner that was deflected wide before Weale made a wonderful save to keep out a deflected Trotta effort.
Shrewsbury scrambled away a low corner when Trotta was about to pounce and the striker then miss-hit from 18 yards after exchanging passes with Donaldson before Logan fired narrowly over.
Shrewsbury were restricted to attacking on the break, but were dangerous in doing so.
Cameron Gayle forced Lee in to a low save and Shrewsbury almost went ahead when Goldson overlapped and set up Taylor for a shot that beat Lee but not Dean, who headed the shot off the line.
Rob Kiernan shot over for The Bees and Adam Forshaw had a shot blocked but Brentford felt they should have had a penalty with 20 minutes remaining.
The Bees broke from a corner and Harry Forrester raced away from Gayle before going down – referee Darren Bond, who was desperately trying to keep up with play, decided no offence had been committed and waved away appeals for a penalty.
Tony Craig made an important block from a Tom Bradshaw shot as the ball bounced loose and Jermaine Grandison headed wide as both teams looked to win it.
Forshaw came close with a pair of shots in stoppage time, the second of which dipped only inches over the top.
But there was no way through and it ended 0-0, a result which extended Brentford’s unbeaten npower League One run to 11 matches.
Shrewsbury Town: Weale; Goldson, Grandison, Jones, Gayle; Taylor, Wildig (sub Hall 76 mins), Richards, Purdie; Rodgers (sub Bradshaw 76 mins), Morgan
Subs (not used): Anyon, Jacobson, Woods, Smith, Gwilliams
Brentford: Lee; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Kiernan (sub Hayes 73 mins); Dallas (sub Forshaw 65 mins), Douglas, Diagouraga, Donaldson; Trotta (sub Forrester 65 mins)
Subs (not used): Gounet, Hodson, Reeves, Saunders
Attendance: 5,715 (522 Bees fans)
By Chris Wickham