Brentford came from a goal down to beat Colchester and move within two points of a play-off place in League One.

Magnus Okuonghae met Luke Garbutt's corner to put the visitors in front, but they had no answer as the Bees ran riot in 10 second-half minutes.

Marcello Trotta levelled, turning in Clayton Donaldson's cross, before on-loan Chelsea man George Saville curled in Brentford's second.

Another loanee, Cardiff's Kadeem Harris, headed a third on his debut.

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Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"We were determined to never give up and come back into the game. All the praise belongs to the team.

"We were under mental pressure but they played good football.

"I had to make some big calls, but the players have been excellent all week in training. I made certain calls, and we won the game 3-1.

"I believe we can beat anybody in the league and we are looking forward for the next game, especially coming off a great win."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"Exactly what we worked on this week got us into the lead. Exactly what we warned against has aided in our defeat.

"Poor passes in midfield, in the wrong areas, that we said this week you won't get a chance to do that against Brentford.

"First half, our job was to stifle the opposition, break when we can, keep the crowd quiet. Spot on.

"We got the goal, then unfortunately we aided in our downfall."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 04 Forshaw (Saunders - 65' )
  • 17 Saville
  • 11 Grigg (Harris - 65' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 29 Trotta (El Alagui - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Saunders
  • 10 El Alagui
  • 14 Logan
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 26 Harris
  • 28 Nugent

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 39 Taylor
  • 22 Gilbey (Bond - 82' )
  • 09 Morrison (Massey - 62' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 11 Sears (Monakana - 82' )
  • 15 Bean

Substitutes

  • 02 Wright
  • 14 Bond
  • 16 Monakana
  • 21 Massey
  • 29 Phillips
  • 38 Sendles-White
  • 40 Szmodics
Ref: Brendan Malone
Att: 5,705

Match Stats

Shots

11 4

On target

6 3

Corners

13 4

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 3, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +5:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +5:03

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +5:03

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

90:00 +2:27 Booking

Booking Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:24

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

90:00 +2:24

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:08

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:08

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

86:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 3, Colchester United 1. Kadeem Harris (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

85:08

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

85:08

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:42

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

82:16

Farid El Alagui (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:16

Foul by Andrew Bond (Colchester United).

81:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Freddie Sears.

81:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Andrew Bond replaces Alex Gilbey.

81:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Farid El Alagui replaces Marcello Trotta.

79:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 2, Colchester United 1. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

77:55

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

75:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Colchester United 1. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Saunders.

74:30

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

72:00

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:58

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

71:10

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:10

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

70:35

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

68:54

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

68:23

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

67:27

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

67:27

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:24

Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:24

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Kadeem Harris replaces William Grigg.

64:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Adam Forshaw.

61:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Clinton Morrison.

61:34

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:34

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

60:39

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

58:44

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:49

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:49

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

56:29

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sam Walker.

56:08

Attempt saved. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

54:07

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

54:07

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:26

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sam Walker.

52:58

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matt Taylor.

52:07

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

51:10

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:10

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

50:44

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:44

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

48:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 0, Colchester United 1. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt following a corner.

47:44

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

46:39

Hand ball by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +3:31 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 0, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +3:00

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

45:00 +2:20

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

44:29

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:29

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

43:22

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Clayton Donaldson.

42:48

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

42:48

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:25

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

39:25

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:15

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

37:02

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:15

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:15

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

32:15

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:15

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

31:26

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

31:26

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:29

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:29

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

26:20

Attempt saved. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:22

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

25:00

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:57

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

24:01

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

23:07

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

22:31

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:31

Foul by Matt Taylor (Colchester United).

20:46

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:46

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

17:00

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

17:00

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:52

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

12:13

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

10:17

Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9:18

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jabo Ibehre.

8:57

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

4:10

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:10

Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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