Clayton Donaldson struck his 15th goal of the season to help Brentford ease to victory over Bradford City.

Neither goalkeeper had a save to make in a drab first period which saw the Bees dominate for large parts.

The breakthrough came when Donaldson's left-footed strike from just outside the box found the bottom corner.

Donaldson should have made it two but fired over from five-yards before the points were secured through George Saville's effort that found the corner.

Brentford, who have now lost just one of their last 22 games climb to within a point of second-placed Leyton Orient while Bradford who have won just twice since 23 November remain in mid-table.

The Bees started strongly playing some excellent football with Will Grigg at the centre of much of the good work.

Despite enjoying more than their fair share of possession, Brentford failed to make any clear cut chances and instead it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half but Chris Atkinson fired over when well placed.

After the break the hosts upped the tempo and both Grigg and Donaldson put wide when they should have done better.

But Donaldson's excellent strike settled the nerves and gave the Bees a much need lift.

Donaldson somehow ballooned over shortly after before Jonathan Douglas hit the bar but Saville's poke into the bottom corner made the points safe.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 04 Forshaw (Reeves - 63' )
  • 05 Craig
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 17 Saville
  • 08 Douglas
  • 11 Grigg (Trotta - 66' )
  • 09 Donaldson (Dallas - 87' )
  • 18 Judge

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 15 Dallas
  • 19 Fillo
  • 22 Reeves
  • 28 Yennaris
  • 29 Trotta

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby
  • 16 McHugh (Drury - 84' Booked )
  • 18 Jones Booked
  • 23 McArdle
  • 22 Bates
  • 32 Bennett
  • 24 Doyle
  • 21 McLean (Thompson - 84' )
  • 29 Atkinson (Gray - 72' )
  • 28 Reach

Substitutes

  • 06 Drury
  • 10 Gray
  • 11 Thompson
  • 12 Jameson
  • 14 Yeates
  • 27 McBurnie
  • 35 Stockdill
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 8,063

Match Stats

Shots

18 6

On target

5 2

Corners

5 5

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 2, Bradford City 0.

90:00 +5:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Bradford City 0.

90:00 +3:50

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:15 Booking

Booking Adam Drury (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:04

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:04

Foul by Adam Drury (Bradford City).

88:44

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

86:42

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tony Craig.

86:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Clayton Donaldson.

85:41

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

84:55

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

84:23

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

83:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Garry Thompson replaces Aaron McLean.

83:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Adam Drury replaces Carl McHugh.

81:34

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

78:14

Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

76:41

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

75:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 2, Bradford City 0. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

73:30

Attempt saved. Andy Gray (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:00

Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:58

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

72:09

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

71:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Andy Gray replaces Chris Atkinson.

70:31

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

69:45

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

69:45

Foul by Matthew Bates (Bradford City).

68:36

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

67:49

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

67:10

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

67:10

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

66:16

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

65:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Marcello Trotta replaces William Grigg.

64:04

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

64:04

Adam Reach (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.

62:11

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

62:11

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

60:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Bradford City 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

59:45

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

58:47

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

55:53

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

55:53

Aaron McLean (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:23

William Grigg (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:23

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

50:37

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49:36

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

49:36

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

48:24

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

48:24

Foul by Aaron McLean (Bradford City).

47:43

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:24

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

46:04

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +2:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 0, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +1:47

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

45:00 +1:47

Foul by Carl McHugh (Bradford City).

45:00 +1:29

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35:33

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

35:33

Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:50

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

32:18

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

32:18

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:43

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

26:08

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

26:08

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:05

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

25:05

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bradford City).

24:27

William Grigg (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27

Foul by Carl McHugh (Bradford City).

23:49

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

23:03

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

23:03

Foul by Adam Reach (Bradford City).

20:38

Attempt missed. Chris Atkinson (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

16:21

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

16:21

Kyle Bennett (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:31

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

13:31

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:38

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Tony Craig.

7:44

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:07

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Bates.

5:36

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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