Bees pick up another home win
Brentford scored twice from corners as they picked up their third win in a week, this time over Carlisle United.
Having beaten Boreham Wood in the FA Cup with Budweiser last Saturday and won their first away game in npower League One this season at Portsmouth on Tuesday, The Bees were looking to maintain their momentum.
Jonathan Douglas put them ahead when he arrived late to drill home a set piece and Paul Hayes scored the winner from a second half flag kick.
Joe Garner had equalised for the visitors but a half time tactical change from Manager Uwe Rösler gave The Bees the initiative and, ultimately, the points.
Brentford did, however, need to rely on Simon Moore saving a Garner penalty to give them the win.
The game took a while to get going, Carlisle had more of the ball in the early stages but there were few chances of note.
Harry Forrester shot wide after a nice turn while Liam Noble blazed well over, a James Berrett shot was blocked and Moore saved from Kallum Higginbotham.
Brentford could have gone ahead when Douglas met a Forrester corner on the half volley but he lifted the shot over.
Carlisle, however, did not heed the warning and when Forrester delivered from the other side, Douglas arrived late at the far side of the penalty area to drill a low shot through goalkeeper Adam Collin and in to the net.
Carlisle had started well and, as ever, looked to pass through midfield and attack in numbers from deep.
But Brentford had steadily taken control in the opening 20 minutes and continue to hold the upper hand with Toumani Diagouraga shooting over after bursting through midfield.
The Bees, however, handed an equaliser to their visitors.
Harlee Dean gave the ball away and Higginbotham attacked the Brentford penalty area, he squared to Garner and the striker fired unerringly past Moore to level it up.
Brentford tried to respond – Dean missed the target with an effort on the stretch after a free kick was half cleared and when Collin couldn’t gather a cross, the visitors scrambled the ball clear before Diagouraga or Hayes could profit.
The game was even in the minutes before half time, although the visitors were helped by getting every decision from referee Andy Davies.
Brad Potts shot well over for Carlisle and then did likewise on the volley but when he did connect right he forced Moore to palm away and Jon-Paul McGovern’s follow-up was saved.
Garner came close to a second goal with a bouncing shot that flew inches wide but the teams went in at the break all square.
Brentford took the initiative almost immediately after the re-start and the game was played in Carlisle territory.
Adam Forshaw came in to a more central role with The Bees reverting to more of a 4-3-3 system with Donaldson pushed up on the right.
Donaldson terrorised Chris Chantler and Forshaw started to boss things in the centre and a Brentford goal was a matter of time.
Donaldson shot just over and then headed wide before a Forrester shot was saved.
Forshaw saw a shot deflect wide, as did Forrester, before the goal came just past the hour mark.
Forshaw sent over a corner, Donaldson headed down and Hayes converted his third goal in two games at Griffin Park on the turn.
Carlisle found more ambition with a game to chase and it became a fine spectacle.
Garner was their main goal threat – and he had not missed by much with a shot from 40 yards before Hayes’ goal – but the visitors put more men forward to support.
Higginbotham headed narrowly wide and when a corner was half cleared, Peter Murphy pumped it back in and Brentford were at full stretch to deny Garner before Mike Edwards shot inches wide.
But Brentford probably still had the better of it – Forshaw shot just wide and when Dean went on a mazy run from the back, Donaldson’s shot was blocked.
The Bees had appeals for a penalty when a Dean header appeared to hit an arm but Mr Davies waved away appeals and Tony Craig’s follow-up effort was blocked.
Hayes headed narrowly wide for The Bees soon after.
The Brentford fans had been getting steadily angrier with the decisions of Mr Davies and when Craig went up with substitute David Symington, the official could not point to the spot quickly enough.
Garner stepped up but Moore went away to his left to keep out the penalty and maintain Brentford’s lead.
The Brentford goalkeeper denied Garner again soon after while Donaldson shot wide at the other end.
Mark Beck could have levelled late on for Carlisle but headed over and The Bees saw the game out comfortably in the end.
Brentford: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw (sub Saunders 88 mins), Diagouraga, Douglas, Forrester (sub Barron 84 mins); Hayes, Donaldson
Subs (not used): Lee, Pierre, Dallas, Oyeleke, German
Bookings: Dean (32 mins) (third of season), Donaldson (72 mins) (second of season), Douglas (75 mins) (fourth of season)
Carlisle United: Collin; Simek, Murphy, Edwards, Chantler; Potts; McGovern (sub Symington 67 mins), Noble (sub Welsh 81 mins), Berrett, Higginbotham (sub Beck 81 mins); Garner
Subs (not used): Gillespie, Cadamarteri, Todd, McGinty
Attendance: 6,763 (350 away fans)
By Chris Wickham