No goals at Griffin Park
Brentford were held to a 0-0 draw at a wet and windy Griffin Park by a well-drilled Shrewsbury Town.
The visitors came to West London with a solid rear-guard and Brentford could not break them down.
It was an even game with The Bees having the better of the territory but Shrewsbury coming closer with the chances they created.
Over the 90 minutes, a draw was probably the right result as both teams had spells where they could have scored without quite doing so.
Neither team were able to take control in the first 20 minutes.
Both The Bees and their visitors had chances in the early stages but neither goalkeeper would have felt unduly worried.
Brentford strike pair Clayton Donaldson and Farid El Alagui saw the door shut on them when half-openings were created and Kevin O’Connor fired narrowly over from distance.
Simon Moore made the first save of the night, tipping a Paul Parry shot over while Luke Summerfield and Mark Wright missed the target with low efforts.
Jonathan Douglas should have opened the scoring just past the quarter hour when a low Adam Forshaw free kick bounced across to him at the far post but the midfield man sliced his effort wide from close range.
The first 25 minutes had not been a great spectacle but the game improved as it approached the half hour mark.
Both teams had golden chances to go ahead as half time approached.
Brentford’s best fell to Donaldson – first he failed to turn in a Forshaw cross from close range then, when the same man put him through, he shot wide of the near post with only Shrewsbury goalkeeper Chris Weale to beat.
Shrewsbury went closer with their effort as Moore made a superb low save to keep out a Terry Gornell header.
Marvin Morgan shot wide from 18 yards and then again after turning well but Brentford probably held the slight upper hand going in to half time, albeit they ended the first 45 without testing Weale.
Tom Adeyemi sliced a shot wide and Donaldson missed the target with a speculative effort before El Alagui shot well wide on the turn.
The second half continued in a similar pattern to the first, Brentford had more possession in attacking areas than the visitors without really troubling Weale.
The goalkeeper kept out a low Donaldson shot before Douglas headed a Shaleum Logan cross wide at the far post and then lashed over.
Moore saved a bouncing Gornell effort and Jermaine Grandison shot wide after a run from deep before Parry sliced an effort when a corner was half cleared.
The introduction of Harry Forrester and a slight change in shape helped The Bees and they began to look more likely to get the crucial goal.
Lee Collins turned a dangerous Forshaw cross just over his own bar and El Alagui was just unable to reach a Forrester cross.
Moore held on to a Matt Richards free kick and Summerfield shot over before the game burst in to life.
Referee Tim Robinson awarded Shrewsbury a penalty when a Morgan shot hit the arm of Tony Craig only to change his mind and point for a corner after discussion with assistant Barry Holderness.
Brentford had the ball in the net seconds later when a Forshaw shot was turned home by Paul Hayes but the striker’s joy was cut short when Mr Robinson ruled the goal out as assistant Matthew Bounassisi had his flag up for offside.
The last 15 minutes was frantic, with both teams feeling the game was there to be won.
Leon Legge made a vital block from a Wright shot and when Brentford couldn’t get it away, Gornell lashed a shot against the crossbar.
Brentford went straight up the other end and Donaldson broke clear but fired in to the side netting as the angle narrowed.
Forrester fired a ball across the face of goal that no-one could touch in and Adeyemi sliced a shot when well placed before Parry curled an effort wide at the other end.
Forrester shot wide for Brentford as time ticked down and Brentford were forced to scramble a free kick away at the death before Mr Robinson brought proceedings to a close.
Brentford: Moore; Logan, Legge, Craig, Bidwell; O’Connor (sub Forrester 56 mins); Adeyemi, Forshaw (sub Fredericks 80 mins), Douglas; Donaldson, El Alagui (sub Hayes 64 mins)
Subs (not used): Lee, Dean, Dallas, Diagouraga
Bookings: El Alagui (29 mins), Douglas (85 mins) (second of season)
Shrewsbury Town: Weale; Grandison, Jones, Collins, Richards; Parry, Summerfield, Wildig, Wright (sub Taylor 82 mins); Morgan, Winnall (sub Gornell 15 mins)
Subs (not used): Anyon, Purdie, Hall, Doble, Hector
Attendance: 4,382 (302 away fans)
By Chris Wickham