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18 September 2012

Bees pick up point on south coast

Harry Forrester scored a superb equalising goal to give Brentford a share of the spoils against AFC Bournemouth.

The Bees went ahead early on when Simon Francis headed past his own goalkeeper but Bournemouth hit back.

Matt Tubbs equalised and they went ahead through a Charlie Daniels penalty.

Brentford produced a fine fight back in the final half hour and Forrester curled in a goal to give them a point that was probably fair on the balance of play.

Very early it looked like a game that would produce goals – both teams could have scored inside the first five minutes and neither defence looked particularly comfortable.

Harlee Dean had to make a clearance inside his own six-yard box early on before Lewis Grabban and Eunan O’Kane missed the target from distance.

Brentford could have gone ahead when Clayton Donaldson latched on to a Francis back pass but Shwan Jalal was out quickly to save at is feet and Tommy Elphick prevented Farid El Alagui turning home the loose ball.

The Bees did go ahead when Adam Forshaw curled in a free kick, Jalal came for a ball he was never going to get and the ball flicked off the head of Francis and in to the net.

Brentford grew in confidence after the goal – Tom Adeyemi had a shot blocked and Donaldson should have scored but missed the target when Jonathan Douglas headed a Forshaw free kick back across.

Grabban shot over from distance and Douglas saw an effort saved but Bournemouth equalised almost out of nothing just past the quarter hour.

Francis redeemed himself by crossing from the right and Tubbs pulled off his man before arrowing a header in to the bottom corner from a near post position.

The home side thrived on levelling and could have been out of sight by half time.

Grabban was the man most culpable – missing the target twice from inside the penalty area when well placed – but he did win the penalty through which Bournemouth took the lead.

He was released in the inside left channel and went down under the challenge of Simon Moore.

Referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and Daniels dispatched the penalty low to Moore’s left to give the hosts the advantage.

Marc Pugh shot just wide for the hosts as half time approached while Dean headed wide for Brentford and Forshaw had a shot blocked.

The Bees will have gone in at half time knowing they needed to go up a gear – Bournemouth had control of midfield and runners from deep were posing problems.

The home side continued to have the better of the chances after the break, although Brentford were posing more problems of their own.

Moore had to make a superb save to keep out a Francis header before Dean blocked O’Kane’s follow up effort.

Grabban missed the target with an effort and Tubbs headed in to the side netting before forcing Moore in to a low save.

Adeyemi went close for Brentford with an acrobatic effort that looped inches over and Francis made a vital tackle to deny El Alagui.

Brentford introduced Forrester ten minutes in to the second half and started to gain the upper hand.

With Forrester providing natural width Bournemouth were under pressure and stopped playing their fine passing game.

Donaldson had a shot blocked and then fired the loose ball over before he lashed a Douglas cross over.

Forrester missed the target with a curling effort and then forced Jalal in to a low save but he was just finding his range.

Donaldson won the ball in midfield and fed Forrester, he cut in off the left and curled his first Brentford goal past Jalal and in to the far corner.

Brentford had the momentum and set about winning the game – Dean narrowly headed wide and Donaldson turned an El Alagui cross over the bar.

Bournemouth almost snatched the lead when a long ball caught Brentford out – Tubbs raced in behind with only Moore to beat but the goalkeeper came out on top, Logan cleared and Josh McQuoid missed the target when the ball came back in.

They went even closer in the last five minutes when Moore tipped a curling shot on to the post while Miles Addison headed wide.

Donaldson missed the target with a late header as both teams pushed for the winning goal and Moore kept out a low McQuoid shot.

Forrester missed the target with a shot on the turn in stoppage time and Mr Langton brought things to a close soon after.

AFC Bournemouth: Jalal; Francis, Elphick, Addison, Daniels; Arter (sub Fogden 70 mins), Partington, O’Kane, Pugh; Tubbs, Grabban (sub McQuoid 75 mins)

Subs (not used): Collins, Zubar, Cook, McDermott, Thomas

Brentford: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Adeyemi (sub O’Connor 86 mins), Diagouraga (sub Forrester 56 mins), Douglas; Forshaw; Donaldson, El Alagui (sub Hayes 77 mins)

Subs (not used): Fredericks, Legge, Barron, Saunders

Bookings: Craig (57 mins) (second of season)

Attendance: 5,117 (505 Bees fans)

By Chris Wickham

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