Clayton Donaldson scored twice against his former club as Brentford thumped League One strugglers Crewe Alexandra.

Marcello Trotta headed the opener from 18 yards out just before the break.

Adam Forshaw then danced through straight after the restart, finishing neatly before Chelsea loanee George Saville curled in a classy third.

Donaldson beat the offside trap to tap in number four from close range, the ex-Crewe striker then firing the fifth after a slick, six-man passing move,

Brad Inman had the visitors' only real glimpse of goal but sliced his effort wide when set up by Byron Moore.

Victory keeps the Bees in fourth, while Crewe remain third from bottom.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"They played with a false number nine, which was unusual in our league. We dominated the first half then we figured out their plan and improved quickly in an impressive way in the second half.

"Marcello is in great shape and works hard off the ball and we are very happy to have him and all my players.

"We had good communication with Northern Ireland regarding Will Grigg, but he didn't play last night in Turkey and he came back today and let out his frustration in a good performance and his drive was very good.

"Our next games against Wolves and Peterborough are tough but we can beat them."

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It's not an easy place to come. But we're not using that as an excuse. Any defeat hurts, whether it's 1-0 or 5-0.

"We went to Preston when they were flying and won there so we know they can do it. It's a question of having the belief.

"We had stifled them for 44 minutes and were doing fine, having restricted them to a couple of half chances and the game plan looked to be working.

"But their first goal came at a bad time for us. I don't know how it's gone in from that distance, although it was a very good header. And then we conceded seconds into the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 17 Saville Booked
  • 06 Dean
  • 05 Craig
  • 04 Forshaw (Reeves - 75' )
  • 08 Douglas
  • 29 Trotta (El Alagui - 71' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 26 Harris (Grigg - 51' )

Substitutes

  • 10 El Alagui
  • 11 Grigg
  • 14 Logan
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 21 O'Brien
  • 22 Reeves
  • 28 Nugent

Crewe Alexandra

  • 13 Martin
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 03 Mellor
  • 42 Grant Booked
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 04 Davis
  • 26 Aneke (Oliver - 70' )
  • 22 Evans Booked (Nolan - 71' )
  • 07 Clayton
  • 14 Inman (Osman - 81' )
  • 11 Moore Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Ellis
  • 08 Osman
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 18 Nolan
  • 19 Oliver
  • 21 Garratt
  • 24 Molyneux
Ref: Michael Bull
Att: 6,616

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

9 1

Corners

1 4

Fouls

17 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +2:00

Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:56

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

90:00 +0:31

Attempt saved. Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:12

Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).

90:00 +0:12

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:26

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

86:26

Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:39

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

83:35

Foul by Jake Reeves (Brentford).

83:35

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Abdul Osman replaces Bradden Inman.

77:45

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

76:19 Booking

Booking George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

76:11

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

76:11

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.

74:37 Booking

Booking Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

74:32

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

74:32

Foul by Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra).

72:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Farid El Alagui.

70:59 Substitution

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

70:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Liam Nolan replaces George Evans.

69:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Chukwuemeka Aneke.

69:00

George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:56

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

68:15

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

68:15

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:43

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

66:43

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:43

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

64:43

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:12

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

64:12

Foul by Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra).

62:55

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

62:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 4, Crewe Alexandra 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

60:41

Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

59:37

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

59:05 Booking

Booking Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

59:00

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:57

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

57:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

52:54

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

52:00

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

51:55

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

51:21

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

51:12

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

50:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Kadeem Harris because of an injury.

49:11

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

49:11

Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:21

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

47:21

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcello Trotta.

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +0:13

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

45:00 +0:13

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

42:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross.

41:37

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

41:37

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

40:48

Attempt missed. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

40:34

Attempt blocked. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

38:00

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:58

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

35:48

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kadeem Harris.

34:26

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

34:06

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

34:06

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

32:31

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

32:31

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:53

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

25:19

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

25:03

Attempt blocked. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:43

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

22:26

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

21:27

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

21:27

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:46

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

15:09

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:09

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

13:23

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

12:22

Hand ball by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

11:36

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Brentford).

11:36

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:15 Booking

Booking George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

9:08

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

9:08

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

5:16

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

5:01

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

4:16

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

4:16

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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