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Canaries Caged

2 - 1

Griffin Park

18th August 2009

Attendance: 7395


Brentford chalked up another three points last night with a decent victory over Norwich in front of their new manager Paul Lambert.

In truth Norwich had better pressure during the first half. They are a tall and stocky team and used their size advantage to good effect as Brentford's passing game stuttered.

Many feared the worst as skipper Alan Bennett was forced to leave the pitch through injury but in truth the impressive Mark Phillips and substitute Karleigh Osborne were sound throughout.

After the break the structure of the game changed as Brentford played some fluent football which left their opponents chasing shadows.

The first goal came from a much maligned source - a David Hunt long throw - which was capitalised on by Ryan Dickson arriving at pace.

Brentford's advantage was doubled when one of the identikit Norwich lumps handled on the edge of the box and Hunt drilled home the resultant free kick.

Brentford then dominated for a bit as Norwich fell to pieces and made several basic errors (silencing their own impressive 1800 away supporters) before shaking themselves into action with an equaliser from a deflected free kick in stoppage time.

Positives from the game included some strong leadership from Mark Phillips (who Scott admitted to 'giving a rocket' at half time) and (whisper it) an improved performance from Carl Cort who held the ball better and won a number of headers. The attacking play of fullbacks Dickson and Foster was another plus.

Bees - Price, Foster, Dickson, Bennett (Osborne), Phillips, Saunders (Taylor), Hunt, O'Connor, Wood, Weston (Kabba), Cort

Star Player

Sam Saunders - the Bees playmaker was everywhere in the first half, responding well to a quieter performance on Saturday - and the competition from new arrival Cleveland Taylor. Sam looks like a real talent and is frankly a pleasure to watch.

Scott on Bennett's injury

'The urgency [to bring in a centre half] was already there and I`ve spoken to a club today and am hopeful that we may have a centre half or defender in by the weekend. That was already in place and now has some urgency because Alan`s injury looks pretty serious. But Karleigh came in and performed ever so well after settling down.'

Scott on Carl Cort

'Carl Cort takes a battering every game but his attitude and commitment to the cause is exemplary and his professionalism in every game is superb and rubs off on a lot of the lads who have not played at the level that he has. We`re still not seeing the best of Carl Cort because the best is still to come and his partnership with Myles will improve because they are still learning how each other plays. Steve Kabba is also knocking on the door to take his place'

Fattest Player on the Pitch

Grant Holt (Norwich). Cost 400,000 apparently although some of that might have been the transport costs....

Date:Wednesday August 19 2009
Time: 9:05AM

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