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Brentford 3-1 Colchester United

Brentford came from a goal down to beat Colchester and move within two points of a play-off place in League One.

Magnus Okuonghae met Luke Garbutt's corner to put the visitors in front, but they had no answer as the Bees ran riot in 10 second-half minutes.

Marcello Trotta levelled, turning in Clayton Donaldson's cross, before on-loan Chelsea man George Saville curled in Brentford's second.

Another loanee, Cardiff's Kadeem Harris, headed a third on his debut.

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Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

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Post Match: Brentford boss Rosler

"We were determined to never give up and come back into the game. All the praise belongs to the team.

"We were under mental pressure but they played good football.

"I had to make some big calls, but the players have been excellent all week in training. I made certain calls, and we won the game 3-1.

"I believe we can beat anybody in the league and we are looking forward for the next game, especially coming off a great win."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Dunne - "We aided our downfall"

"Exactly what we worked on this week got us into the lead. Exactly what we warned against has aided in our defeat.

"Poor passes in midfield, in the wrong areas, that we said this week you won't get a chance to do that against Brentford.

"First half, our job was to stifle the opposition, break when we can, keep the crowd quiet. Spot on.

"We got the goal, then unfortunately we aided in our downfall."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 5Craig
  • 6DeanBooked at 90mins
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forSaundersat 65'minutes
  • 17Saville
  • 11GriggSubstituted forHarrisat 65'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 7Saunders
  • 10El Alagui
  • 14Logan
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 26Harris
  • 28Nugent

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B Wilson
  • 27Garbutt
  • 6Eastmond
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 39M Taylor
  • 22GilbeySubstituted forBondat 82'minutes
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forMasseyat 62'minutes
  • 17Ibehre
  • 11SearsSubstituted forMonakanaat 82'minutes
  • 15Bean

Substitutes

  • 2Wright
  • 14Bond
  • 16Monakana
  • 21Massey
  • 29Phillips
  • 38Sendles-White
  • 40Szmodics
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
5,705

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 3, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Colchester United 1.

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

Booking

Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, Colchester United 1. Kadeem Harris (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Farid El Alagui (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Bond (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Freddie Sears.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Andrew Bond replaces Alex Gilbey.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Farid El Alagui replaces Marcello Trotta.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Colchester United 1. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Colchester United 1. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Saunders.

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

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

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Craig Eastmond.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kadeem Harris replaces William Grigg.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Adam Forshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Clinton Morrison.

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1210202332
2Peterborough1210111631
3Wolves118211426
4Preston12642622
5Bradford126331121
6Swindon12624920
7MK Dons12543519
8Crawley11542419
9Walsall12543219
10Rotherham12543019
11Brentford12534018
12Port Vale12426-414
13Shrewsbury12264-212
14Colchester12264-612
15Carlisle11335-1012
16Crewe12336-1412
17Coventry12633611
18Oldham11326-211
19Gillingham12237-79
20Sheff Utd12228-108
21Stevenage12228-118
22Tranmere12228-158
23Notts County11218-87
24Bristol City11065-76
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