No goals at Griffin Park
Brentford picked up their second 0-0 draw in a row, this time against Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park.
The Bees had drawn 0-0 away at Wigan Athletic on Saturday and were forced to settle for the same again on a chilly West London evening.
In a game with plenty of goalmouth action there were few really good chances.
Wednesday hit the post in the first half but David Button was not overworked for his second clean sheet in succession and at the other end Brentford were unable to turn posession in to lots of clear cut openings.
Brentford started in a very positive fashion.
They pressed forward almost from the first whistle, looking to push the visitors back.
Wednesday were forced to clear the ball long at times in the first 30 minutes and spent most of it in their defensive areas.
They were, however, dangerous on the counter-attack and showed signs of incisive attacking play.
Chris Maguire forced David Button in to a low save with a 25-yard shot and another effort from distance by Jérémy Hélan deflected away.
But most of the action in the opening half hour was in Brentford’s attacking areas.
Jota weaved a spell on the left hand side while the rest of Brentford’s midfield were willing runners in to attacking areas.
Jota had a shot blocked and then produced a sublime piece of skill before crossing for Andre Gray to convert but the Brentford forward was adjudged to be in an offside position.
An Alex Pritchard corner almost set up a goal but Harlee Dean’s header was off-target and Jonathan Douglas couldn’t force it in.
Wednesday had two players in a defensive midfield area, limiting the space that Pritchard and Alan Judge could play in.
Brentford were not able to turn dominant possession in to lots of good chances and the visitors gained the initiative as half time approached.
A fierce shot from Tom Lees was blocked before Stevie May forced Button in to a good low save after breaking in behind on the right, Tony Craig and Dean then had to be alert to stop Hélan converting the rebound.
Button denied Hélan again soon after and Dean blocked a May shot.
Wednesday came within a whisker of taking the lead eight minutes before the break when May met a Maguire free kick on the volley but his effort cannoned away off the post.
Craig blocked a Liam Palmer shot and Atdhe Nuhiu miss-kicked when well-placed as Wednesday pressed.
Moses Odubajo shot wide as Brentford broke quickly but the home side were finding life a struggle as the game headed in to the interval.
Judge and Pritchard both fired over in the dying seconds of the half but Brentford would have been grateful to get to the break all square.
Half time allowed Brentford a chance to address what had caused Wednesday to dominate the later stages of the first period.
There were no changes in personnel or system but Brentford were snapping in to tackles and rotating the ball at a faster rate.
They started to gain control of the game and had chances to get their noses in front.
Gray shot over from a tight angle and when Alan McCormack delivered a cross from the right, Glenn Loovens turned it just past his own post.
Douglas met the resulting corner with a powerful header that beat Kieren Westwood but Palmer was there to clear off the line.
Jota shot over at the far post after good work by Odubajo and Gray before Nuhiu headed inches over his own crossbar.
Button got down well to save a May free kick and Kieran Lee blasted over from distance at the other end as the game entered the final 15 minutes deadlocked.
And that was the way it stayed.
Hélan had a shot deflected over for the hosts and Nick Proschwitz almost won it for The Bees late on when he was just unable to turn in a McCormack cross.
Button saved a stoppage time free kick from Royston Drenthe and Pritchard had a shot blocked.
Proschwitz had another chance to win it at the death when he got on to a Jon Toral pass but Westwood saved and the evening ended all square, giving Brentford had their second goalless draw in three days.
Brentford: Button; McCormack, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas; Odubajo, Pritchard, Judge (sub Diagouraga 76 mins), Jota (sub Proschwitz 76 mins); Gray (sub Toral 84 mins)
Subs (not used): Bonham, Yennaris, Betinho, Moore
Bookings: McCormack (67 mins) (fourth of season)
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Mattock; Semedo, Lee (sub Madine 72 mins); Maguire, May (sub Drenthe 84 mins), Hélan; Nuhiu
Subs (not used): Kirkland, Coke, Maghoma, Hope, Dielna
Bookings: Mattock (70 mins), May (84 mins)
Attendance: 10,826 (1,566 away fans)
By Chris Wickham