Forrester at the double as Bees win
Harry Forrester scored twice, including a stoppage time penalty, as Brentford came from a goal down to beat Coventry City 2-1 at Griffin Park.
The game had hardly got going when Coventry edged ahead – a ball over the top set David McGoldrick in behind Harlee Dean, Tony Craig tried to get back but the speedy striker turned free and finished low.
But Brentford responded, they were deservedly level by half time when Forrester finished a sublime Adam Forshaw pass and could have won the game well before the last gasp drama.
Brentford had fashioned an early opening – Forrester volleying a deep Clayton Donaldson cross wide – but they put together little of note early on.
Although neither did the visitors, a weak Callum Ball shot aside, and the game meandered to the midway point of the first half.
But Brentford found their feet and started to create chances.
Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy went full length to his right to palm away a Jake Bidwell free kick and Brentford kept their visitors penned in their penalty area.
Toumani Diagouraga’s shot deflected over, a Craig header ricochet wide and Paul Hayes bounced an effort over the bar in the space of 60 seconds.
Murphy made a fine stop to keep out a Jonathan Douglas header soon after and Nathan Cameron blocked a Dean volley that looked set for the back of the net.
Simon Moore had to be alert to palm away a Jordan Clarke shot but Brentford were almost exclusively dominant as half time approached.
The Bees took complete control of the midfield – Douglas and Diagouraga were given room and Forshaw and Forrester were able to run at the Coventry defence, often unchallenged.
One such run from Forrester saw him shoot over the bar and when Donaldson forced a mistake from left back Jamie Reckord, Hayes picked up a weak back pass and brought a fine low save out of Murphy from a tight angle.
A looping Dean header hit the top of the crossbar and seconds later Brentford should have been level – an excellent burst from Shaleum Logan created space for Forshaw to cross and find Hayes but the striker headed in to the ground and over from six yards out.
Logan had a shot blocked soon after and four minutes before the break, Brentford levelled.
Forshaw was allowed to run unchallenged across the pitch and had the awareness to pick out Forrester with the through ball, the wide man slotted under Murphy to equalise.
John Fleck shot over for Coventry before the break and the visitors regrouped at half time.
But Brentford soon had the initiative after the break, albeit without creating as many clear cut openings.
It took a good tackle by Clarke to prevent Forrester finishing off a Donaldson flick and Douglas fired a free kick in to a defensive wall.
Douglas lashed over soon after when he picked up a Hayes nod down and Dean missed the target with a left foot volley from a Bidwell cross.
Coventry almost snatched the lead when McGoldrick robbed Douglas and curled in a shot that Moore tried to catch and just about managed to palm over.
And from the resulting corner, McGoldrick headed wide.
Those chances were merely respite for the Coventry defence as Brentford continued to boss it.
Murphy denied Hayes when the striker got a shot off from a Donaldson knock down and Forrester shot over.
A Logan cross found the later arriving Forrester soon after but he headed wide and Hayes missed the target with a header from a Donaldson cross.
A fine move on the right created space for Forshaw to drill the ball across, Forrester again arrived with the goal at his mercy but Carl Baker made a superb challenge to deny him.
From the resulting corner, Dean headed inches wide of the far post.
Both teams looked to win it late on – Moore saved a deflected Fleck shot before the Coventry man let fly from 30 yards with a shot that cannoned in to a post, Craig was alert to prevent McGoldrick scoring from the re-bound.
Richard Wood headed over for the visitors and Donaldson headed wide for Brentford and it looked as if that would be that.
But Donaldson, Forshaw and Logan concocted an opening on the right four minutes in to stoppage time and Jimmy Spencer laid the ball in to the path of Forrester who was brought down by Clarke.
Referee Keith Stroud pointed straight to the spot and Forrester stepped up to drill the penalty low to Murphy’s right and win the game for The Bees.
Brentford: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw, Diagouraga (sub Adeyemi 88 mins), Douglas, Forrester; Hayes (sub Spencer 76 mins), Donaldson
Subs (not used): Lee, Legge, O’Connor, Barron, Dallas
Bookings: Forrester (20 mins) (second of season)
Coventry City: Murphy; Clarke, Cameron, Wood, Reckord (sub Kilbane 60 mins); Fleck, Moussa, Jennings, Hussey (sub Baker h/t); Ball (sub McDonald 78 mins), McGoldrick
Subs (not used): Dunn, McSheffrey, Christie, Edjenguele
Attendance: 5,415 (770 away fans)
By Chris Wickham