Bees back to winning ways
Goals late in each half from Tom Adeyemi and Marcello Trotta ensured Brentford bounced back to winning ways against Stevenage.
Having not won in their last four npower League One matches, The Bees needed to win to keep pace with those leading the table.
And a goal at the end of each half ensured they did just that.
Stevenage started brightly without really creating much and Brentford dominated the first half, albeit they only had one goal to show for their efforts.
The game was a little more even after the break but Stevenage were unable to muster a goal attempt of note and Trotta’s late strike killed them off.
The Bees had the ball in the net early on through Adam Forshaw but Paul Hayes was offside when he headed it in to his path.
Hayes had a great chance soon after when an Adeyemi tackle turned in to a good pass but the striker shot wide from 18 yards.
Jonathan Douglas had a free kick blocked and the captain also had an effort diverted away by the Stevenage defence after nice interplay on the edge of the penalty area.
Clayton Donaldson also saw an effort blocked and Tony Craig headed a corner wide as Brentford started to turn possession in to openings.
Clayton Donaldson had a shot blocked and from the resulting corner, Craig’s header was blocked and Douglas’ follow-up went straight in to the arms of Chris Day.
Lee Hodson had a deflected shot saved and Harlee Dean fired over before Hayes missed a great chance to put The Bees in front eight minutes before the break.
Day’s kick was headed back by Hodson and set Hayes in behind the Stevenage defence with only the goalkeeper to beat, he raced away from Miguel Comminges but toe-poked his shot wide of the far post.
Stevenage tried to make Brentford pay for their profligacy but couldn’t muster much.
Sam Hoskins had a shot blocked by Douglas and then hit a shot so wide it went out for a throw-in after he latched on to a ball in behind.
Greg Tansey was able to get a little closer – he fired a short free kick wide and then shot over the bar from 30 yards.
Brentford got the goal they deserved a minute before the break, a corner was half cleared and Adeyemi cut inside before firing an unerring shot in to the top corner from 18 yards.
Brentford continued to hold the upper hand after the break but there were fewer chances.
Adam Forshaw dragged a shot wide and Dean fired over when a corner dropped but the game was attritional after the break.
Stevenage showed a little more ambition after the break but the game reached the three quarter mark without Simon Moore having to make a save.
Luke Freeman fired well wide from distance and Anthony Grant dragged an effort in to the wide netting but the visitors looked unlikely to find an equaliser unless they dramatically altered something.
The introduction of Felipe Morais and Steve Beleck did give them a boost and as the minutes ticked by the game was played more in Brentford territory.
Morais missed the target from a David Gray cross and then fired wide after cutting inside before his cross was met by Beleck and Jake Bidwell was forced to clear deep inside his own six-yard box.
Trotta had a shot saved at the other end but Brentford started to defend deep, either through their own choice or due to Stevenage’s new attacking desire.
The visitors even mustered an effort on target but Darius Charles’ header from a Morais cross was easy for Moore to save.
Brentford almost doubled their lead on the break when Donaldson and Dean set up Harry Forrester but his low shot was saved.
The Bees, did, however, make it save with four minutes left.
The ball was worked down the right and then in to the path of Trotta, he fed Sam Saunders and when the ball came back he curled it past Day and in to the far corner of the net.
Brentford could have added a third late on – Donaldson shot over when a poor clearance fell his way and Day did well to keep out a Trotta volley.
Donaldson fired over in the dying seconds but Brentford had the game won by then and claimed a valuable three points.
Brentford: Moore; Hodson, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw (sub Diagouraga 87 mins), Douglas, Adeyemi, Forrester (sub Saunders 80 mins); Hayes (sub Trotta 63 mins), Donaldson
Subs (not used): Lee, Logan, Kiernan, Barron
Bookings: Dean (38 mins) (fifth of season), Forshaw (67 mins) (fourth of season)
Stevenage: Day; Gray, Chorley, Charles, Comminges; Akins, Tansey, Grant, Freeman (sub Morais 67 mins); Haber (sub Shroot 84 mins), Hoskins (sub Beleck 67 mins)
Subs (not used): Hills, Dunne, Roberts, N’Gala
Attendance: 7,022 (293 away fans)
By Chris Wickham