Bees silence Pompey chimes
Brentford put in a decent display to win their first away game of the season last night at Portsmouth, roared on by 1000 odd travelling supporters.
The decisive goal came in the 9th minute, Clayton Donaldson heading home an Adam Forshaw set piece. The Bees almost doubled their lead shortly afterwards when a magical Harry Forrester run and shot was denied by the post.
Brentford had a couple of golden chances in the second half too - sub Scott Barron miscuing from close range and Harlee Dean miscalculating a tantalising headed chance.
Portsmouth's best chance fell to striker Izale McLeod but the former Brentford triallist screwed the ball wide of the goal.
Whilst Pompey looked poor, possibly due to rumours linking gaffer Michael Appleton to Blackpool, the Bees were good value for their three points.
Brentford showed a strong spine last night throughout. Donaldson worked his socks off and scared the opposition when in posession, Douglas and Forshaw dominated midfield whilst Harlee Dean had one of his 'take no prisoners' nights. Richard Lee kept another clean sheet too, although he was largely untested.
Sometimes you get defining moments at football matches and there was one last night as the ref showed 5 minutes of injury time. Instead of sitting back and putting on the tin hats - as they have been guilty of recently - the Bees pushed forward into the Portsmouth half and dominated the rest of the game. Heartwarming stuff.
There were great scenes at the final whistle too as every player came across to clap the fans with Uwe Rosler going a bit potty too - pumping his fists and pointing at his heart and then at the fans.
One slight downer from the night was injuries to Kevin O'Connor and Tom Adeyemi who will join Leon Legge and Farid El Alagui on the treatment table.
Bees - Lee, Logan, Bidwell, Dean, Craig, Forshaw, Adeyemi (O'Connor, Barron), Dave, Douglas, Forrester (Saunders), Donaldson
Unused Bees - Moore, Dallas, German, Hayes