Bees draw in Shropshire
Shrewsbury Town scored a last minute equaliser to deny Brentford three points in Shropshire.
The Bees looked as if they would take the win when Marcello Trotta scored in the second half, following up after his penalty had been saved.
But Shrewsbury equalised as the game ticked past the 90 minute mark to take a point.
Brentford played in to a very strong wind in the first half.
Any ball played in the air was affected and Shrewsbury were able to clear their lines with ease while Brentford had the opposite to deal with.
Long diagonal balls from The Bees were almost out of the equation and the visitors had to be short, low and precise with their passing.
When Brentford had possession in the first half Shrewsbury sat with two defensive banks of four in front of their goal.
They had Bahrudin Atajić in behind striker Tom Eaves and he dropped back in to midfield when the hosts needed in.
However, when Shrewsbury got the ball, they attacked with pace and got men forward.
In the second half, when The Bees had the wind, they were much the better side but they could not do enough to take the points.
Atajić was the main attacking threat for the hosts and he had some good early openings.
The closest he came was a volley from a Paul Parry cross that whistled inches over and that proved to be Shrewsbury’s best chance of a first half they probably edged.
Dave McAllister headed wide early on and Eaves shot in to the side netting following a quick break.
Atajić had a shot blocked by Tony Craig and David Button saved a low shot from Jon Taylor.
Connor Goldson headed wide from a corner and Button saved from McAllister while Atajić missed the target with an ambitious long range shot.
Trotta provided Brentford’s main threat in the first half.
The striker got himself in to positions to influence the game and came close on a couple of occasions to opening the scoring.
He saw a shot deflect wide from 15 yards after he picked up a George Saville pass and then lifted a shot inches over when Clayton Donaldson released him in the inside right channel.
Saville had a shot blocked and Trotta shot wide as half time approached while Craig blocked a McAllister header at the other end.
The closest Brentford came to a first half goal was when Jake Bidwell found Trotta in space on the left side of the penalty area after good interplay on the edge of the penalty area, the striker fired across goal and beat Chris Weale but it flew inches wide of the far post.
Shrewsbury had a couple of chances early in the second half, Eaves met a Parry corner with a powerful header but substitute Adam Forshaw headed off the line.
The Shrewsbury striker then headed the next delivery over the bar.
But Brentford were the better team after the break.
Saville shot wide early on for The Bees and when Forshaw came on, five minutes in to the second half, the visitors moved through the gears.
Forshaw slipped effortlessly back in to the team, having missed a month though injury, gliding along the top of a playing surface that was starting to cut up.
Brentford’s passing was crisper and more effective and, now playing with the wind, they started to take control.
Forshaw fired a free kick wide from distance then saw a deflected shot saved.
Alan Judge shot over when well-placed and Jonathan Douglas headed wide at the far post following a short corner.
The Bees went close again when Donaldson went flying down the right band delivered a cross, Judge couldn’t connect properly with his header and Trotta failed to convert at the far post.
Brentford’s goal came midway through the second half.
Judge exchanged passes with Trotta and burst in to the box, he went down under the challenge of Ryan Woods and referee Mark Heywood pointed to the spot.
Trotta’s penalty was low and hard but Weale saved it diving to his left only to see the striker react quickest and poke it home.
Shrewsbury tried to respond – Eaves fired across the face of goal and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing had a shot blocked.
McAllister had a header saved but Shrewsbury were struggling against the wind and a well-organised Brentford back line.
Brentford nearly got a second when a Weale clearance hit Saville and bounced inches wide.
Saville had a shot blocked, McCormack fired over and Goldson made a vital tackle to deny Akpom.
Just when it seemed as though Brentford would take the points, Shrewsbury struck.
The Bees failed to clear a cross, Craig’s headed cannoned off Eaves and dropped to the striker, he steadied himself and fired an unstoppable effort in to the top corner.
Harlee Dean had a shot blocked in the dying seconds but there was to be no late winner and the spoils were shared.
Shrewsbury Town: Weale; Woods, Mkandawire, Goldson, Jacobson; Taylor, Fyvie, McAllister (sub Summerfield 80 mins), Parry (sub Mills 80 mins); Atajić (sub Mendez-Laing 59 mins); Eaves
Subs (not used): Anyon, Grandison, Winfield, Hall
Bookings: Jacobson (55 mins), Weale (66 mins), Mendez-Laing (90 mins)
Brentford: Button; Yennaris (sub Forshaw 50 mins), Dean, Craig, Bidwell; McCormack, Douglas, Saville; Donaldson, Trotta (sub Akpom 78 mins), Judge (sub Grigg 83 mins)
Subs (not used): Lee, O’Connor, Reeves, Dallas
Bookings: Saville (60 mins) (eighth of season), Trotta (68 mins) (third of season)
Attendance: 4,927 (612 Bees fans)
By Chris Wickham