Brentford moved up to fifth in League One with a hard-fought victory at Crawley Town.

The Bees took an early lead when Adam Forshaw's penalty sent goalkeeper Paul Jones the wrong way after Kadeem Harris was tripped by Kyle McFadzean.

Crawley pressed hard after the break as Andy Drury missed a couple of good chances and Mike Jones's long-range strike fizzed just wide.

But Brentford stood firm to complete their fourth successive win.

Crawley, meanwhile, have now lost three in a row and sit 13th in the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"Did we deserve to win the game? Probably not, but I thought we did enough to deserve something out of the game.

"Without a piece of poor defending we probably would have come away with a nil-nil, which would not have been ideal.

"I have to say one or two people need to have a look at their mindset, in terms of what we are trying to do. They are a fantastic bunch of players who work extremely hard.

"I said before all my players have flaws. That's why they play for Crawley.

"If they didn't have a flaw they're all good players and then they would go and play for somebody else."

Brentford assistant Alan Kernaghan told BBC London 94.9:

"I wouldn't say it was enjoyable but I think we looked solid.

"I thought we were defensively very good today, cut them down to maybe one or two chances in the second half.

"Maybe at times we could have exploited them a bit more on the counter attack.

"I think for us to keep a steady and settled team has been right and has justified better results."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 11 Simpson
  • 03 Sadler
  • 21 Jones
  • 12 Walsh
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 10 Drury (Sinclair - 68' )
  • 15 Bulman (Hurst - 85' )
  • 14 Proctor (Alexander - 76' )
  • 32 Bennett
  • 16 Adams

Substitutes

  • 02 Hurst
  • 04 Connolly
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Alexander
  • 18 Rooney
  • 20 Sinclair
  • 25 Maddison

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 05 Craig Booked
  • 17 Saville (Diagouraga - 45' Booked )
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 29 Trotta (Grigg - 81' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 26 Harris (Saunders - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Saunders
  • 10 El Alagui
  • 11 Grigg
  • 14 Logan
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 28 Nugent
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 4,177

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

2 1

Corners

4 5

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

90:00 +5:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

90:00 +3:25

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

90:00 +1:19

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +0:37 Booking

Booking Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:28

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:28

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

84:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Dannie Bulman.

82:14

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

81:42

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

80:41

Foul by Sam Saunders (Brentford).

80:41

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Marcello Trotta.

79:36

Hand ball by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

76:45

Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:45

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

76:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Kadeem Harris.

75:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

75:01

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

75:01

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:50 Booking

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

73:39

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:39

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

72:41

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

72:27

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:46

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

68:50

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:57

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

67:47

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Andy Drury.

66:44

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

65:27

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

65:27

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

63:44

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

62:18

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:01 Booking

Booking Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

60:00

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:57

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

58:41

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:33

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

58:00

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:47

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town).

56:34

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

55:06

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

55:06

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:25

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

54:25

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:54

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

50:34

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:57

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Jones.

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga replaces George Saville because of an injury.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

44:04

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:04

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

42:00

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:52

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

38:44

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

37:31

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

37:31

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:00

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

36:54

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

34:06

Attempt saved. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:53

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Clayton Donaldson.

32:25

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

32:25

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:33

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

30:33

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

28:20

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

22:52

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Clayton Donaldson.

22:15

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Kadeem Harris.

13:38

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

11:26

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

11:26

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

8:03

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:19

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:19

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

4:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

3:27

Penalty Brentford. Kadeem Harris draws a foul in the penalty area.

3:27

Penalty conceded by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

0:43

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

0:43

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:09

Kadeem Harris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:09

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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