James Tarkowski scored his first goal for the club to help promotion-chasing Brentford overcome relegation-threatened Tranmere Rovers.

Rovers keeper Owain Fon Williams denied Will Grigg early, with Alan Judge's follow up then cleared off the line.

In response, Stephen Arthurworrey and Ryan Lowe hit the bar for the visitors.

Tarkowski headed against the post before nodding the Bees ahead after the break with Clayton Donaldson also hitting the post before making it 2-0.

Former Crewe, Hibernian and York striker Donaldson met a Judge cross to head home his 16th goal of the season, and was soon after denied a second by Fon Williams.

Brentford remain third in the table, just one point behind second-placed Leyton Orient - who they face on Saturday.

Rovers drop back into the relegation places, behind Stevenage on goal difference.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"I thought for the first 35 minutes we came out of the blocks quickly and could have put the game to bed.

"They hit the bar twice and we gave them chances.

"In the second half we had good energy, desire and tempo and we moved the ball well and wore them down. Once we got the first goal we looked very dangerous.

"For us our focus is now totally on Leyton Orient. We want to go there and show what we can do."

Tranmere Rovers assistant manager John McMahon tells BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I thought we competed and we got in their faces.

"But I thought they were the better side, they have the better players.

"You come to a place like this, you expect them to have more of the ball - but we were disappointed in the end."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 26 Tarkowski Booked
  • 05 Craig
  • 17 Saville (Forshaw - 65' )
  • 22 Reeves
  • 11 Grigg (Trotta - 65' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 18 Judge (Adams - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 15 Dallas
  • 28 Yennaris
  • 29 Trotta
  • 32 Adams

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 14 Cassidy Booked (Stockton - 88' )
  • 18 Jennings
  • 04 Taylor
  • 32 Arthurworrey
  • 08 Wallace Booked
  • 22 Koumas
  • 20 Brown (Robinson - 72' )
  • 09 Lowe
  • 23 Ridehalgh

Substitutes

  • 05 Goodison
  • 10 Robinson
  • 15 Kirby
  • 16 Stockton
  • 17 Power
  • 24 Morris
  • 33 Mooney
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 5,646

Match Stats

Shots

25 6

On target

11 1

Corners

7 4

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

90:00 +1:29

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

90:00 +0:44

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

90:00 +0:44

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:13

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

90:00 +0:13

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

89:23

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

89:23

(Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:00

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

88:52

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

87:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jake Cassidy.

86:40

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

86:40

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

84:51

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

83:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Charlie Adams replaces Alan Judge.

82:29

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

82:06

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Wallace.

81:37

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

81:37

Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).

78:35 Booking

Booking James Tarkowski (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

78:20

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

78:20

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:52

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

75:52

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

73:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

71:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Junior Brown.

67:27

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

65:30

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

64:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Adam Forshaw replaces George Saville.

64:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Marcello Trotta replaces William Grigg.

61:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. James Tarkowski (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross following a set piece situation.

61:12 Booking

Booking Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

61:08

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

61:08

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

58:38

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Owain Williams.

58:21

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

56:59

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

55:14

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

54:28

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

54:28

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

48:27

Attempt missed. Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

47:49

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

47:49

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

47:00

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

46:51

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

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:47

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Steven Jennings.

45:00 +1:35

James Tarkowski (Brentford) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:05

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00 +1:05

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

45:00 +0:02

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

43:48

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:18

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

39:00

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:55

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

38:01 Booking

Booking Alan McCormack (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

37:33

Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:13

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

37:13

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

36:39

Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

36:05

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

35:11

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

34:30

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

34:02

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

31:58

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

27:02

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:02

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

24:50 Booking

Booking James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

24:21

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

24:21

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

22:08

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

21:36

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21:22

Attempt saved. William Grigg (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

20:05

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

19:03

Attempt missed. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

18:29

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:29

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

17:08

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:08

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

12:08

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

12:08

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

10:52

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

9:56

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

8:41

Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

8:06

Attempt blocked. Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:16

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tony Craig.

5:39

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

5:12

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

4:51

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

4:51

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:59

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

3:17

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

3:17

Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

1:05

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

0:36

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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