Brentford ensured they stayed top of the League One table after goals from Marcello Trotta and Will Grigg saw them overcome Port Vale.

The Bees went ahead before the break when on-loan Trotta unleashed a powerful strike from outside the box.

Clayton Donaldson almost doubled their lead, but saw his effort disallowed for a foul on Vale keeper Chris Neal.

Vale struggled find a response and went two down just before full time when Grigg tapped the ball home.

The win was Brentford's eighth in a row and they have not lost a league fixture in 15, their last defeat coming away to Stevenage in October .

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Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"There is no secret, the players are professionals and do what they do well and enjoy what they do and when it comes together we will be in good shape.

"We were sloppy, but we rectified it and the player who have come in have done really well and you need the strength in depth of the squad, you need 14 or 15, not just a strong eleven.

"Alan Judge found his feet, showed his quality and combined well with the forwards, and I was pleased with his debut."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 14 Logan
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 12 McCormack
  • 05 Craig
  • 07 Saunders (Grigg - 72' )
  • 17 Saville
  • 18 Judge (Reeves - 67' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 29 Trotta

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Barron
  • 11 Grigg
  • 15 Dallas
  • 19 Fillo
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 17 Davis
  • 07 Loft
  • 20 Grimmer
  • 21 Griffith
  • 18 Lines Booked
  • 08 Dodds
  • 11 Pope (Williamson - 70' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Myrie-Williams - 21' )
  • 26 Birchall Booked (Hugill - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 12 Johnson
  • 15 Shuker
  • 19 Williamson
  • 22 Lloyd
  • 39 Hugill
  • 41 O'Neil
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 8,327

Match Stats

Shots

25 5

On target

13 0

Corners

12 2

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 2, Port Vale 0.

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Port Vale 0.

90:00 +1:42

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

90:00 +1:42

Adam Yates (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:23

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 2, Port Vale 0. William Grigg (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

85:41

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Neal.

85:31

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:37

Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).

83:37

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:44

Foul by Kevin O'Connor (Brentford).

82:44

Joe Davis (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:25

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Neal.

80:57

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

80:00

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:00

Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

78:25

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

77:11

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

75:51

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Yates.

73:00

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:58

Foul by Jake Reeves (Brentford).

71:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Sam Saunders.

70:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Chris Birchall.

69:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Tom Pope.

68:11

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Anthony Griffith.

67:34

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Alan Judge.

66:31

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

66:31

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Port Vale).

64:16

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

64:16

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Port Vale).

61:49

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

61:03

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Neal.

60:51

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

59:18

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

59:18

(Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:55

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

57:55

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:58

Attempt blocked. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:33

Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:33

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

55:25

Attempt saved. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

53:25

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

48:06

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:06

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

47:36

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Neal.

47:09

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

45:12

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:12

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 1, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 1, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +1:52

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

44:36

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

41:33

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

41:10

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Neal.

40:51

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

39:47

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

39:47

Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:12

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:11 Booking

Booking Chris Lines (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

33:22

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

33:22

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

32:56

Hand ball by George Saville (Brentford).

32:16

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Doug Loft.

32:08

Attempt blocked. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:06

Foul by Chris Birchall (Port Vale).

31:06

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

29:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Port Vale 0. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

28:18

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

27:49

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

27:49

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

27:36

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:27

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:20

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Louis Dodds.

25:23

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

25:23

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:58

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

23:51

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

23:51

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:17

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:17

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

22:41

Attempt blocked. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

21:56

Attempt missed. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

20:49

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:49

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

20:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Gavin Tomlin because of an injury.

20:18

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

17:38

Delay in match Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) because of an injury.

16:36

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

16:36

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

16:18

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

15:18

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:18

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

14:26

Foul by Sam Saunders (Brentford).

14:26

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:38

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

13:14

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

12:41

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Louis Dodds.

11:31

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

10:23

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

10:23

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:39

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Alan Judge.

8:11

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

6:56

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

6:19

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

6:19

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

0:21

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

0:21

Jake Bidwell (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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