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Crawley Town 0-1 Brentford

Adam Forshaw

Brentford moved up to fifth in League One with a hard-fought victory at Crawley Town.

The Bees took an early lead when Adam Forshaw's penalty sent goalkeeper Paul Jones the wrong way after Kadeem Harris was tripped by Kyle McFadzean.

Crawley pressed hard after the break as Andy Drury missed a couple of good chances and Mike Jones's long-range strike fizzed just wide.

But Brentford stood firm to complete their fourth successive win.

Crawley, meanwhile, have now lost three in a row and sit 13th in the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

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Richie Barker: Crawley boss after Brentford defeat

"Did we deserve to win the game? Probably not, but I thought we did enough to deserve something out of the game.

"Without a piece of poor defending we probably would have come away with a nil-nil, which would not have been ideal.

"I have to say one or two people need to have a look at their mindset, in terms of what we are trying to do. They are a fantastic bunch of players who work extremely hard.

"I said before all my players have flaws. That's why they play for Crawley.

"If they didn't have a flaw they're all good players and then they would go and play for somebody else."

Brentford assistant Alan Kernaghan told BBC London 94.9:

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Post-match: Brentford assistant Kernaghan

"I wouldn't say it was enjoyable but I think we looked solid.

"I thought we were defensively very good today, cut them down to maybe one or two chances in the second half.

"Maybe at times we could have exploited them a bit more on the counter attack.

"I think for us to keep a steady and settled team has been right and has justified better results."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 11Simpson
  • 3Sadler
  • 21Jones
  • 12Walsh
  • 5McFadzean
  • 10DrurySubstituted forSinclairat 68'minutes
  • 15BulmanSubstituted forHurstat 85'minutes
  • 14ProctorSubstituted forAlexanderat 76'minutes
  • 32Bennett
  • 16Adams

Substitutes

  • 2Hurst
  • 4Connolly
  • 8Torres
  • 9Alexander
  • 18Rooney
  • 20Sinclair
  • 25Maddison

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 6DeanBooked at 74mins
  • 5CraigBooked at 90mins
  • 17SavilleSubstituted forDiagouragaat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forGriggat 81'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 26HarrisSubstituted forSaundersat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 7Saunders
  • 10El Alagui
  • 11Grigg
  • 14Logan
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 28Nugent
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
4,177

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Dannie Bulman.

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Foul by Sam Saunders (Brentford).

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Marcello Trotta.

Hand ball by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Kadeem Harris.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

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

Booking

Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

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

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

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

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Andy Drury.

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

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1512212438
2Wolves1411211935
3Peterborough1510231332
4Preston15762727
5Brentford15834327
6Bradford156541023
7Swindon15726923
8MK Dons15645422
9Walsall15645222
10Rotherham15564-121
11Coventry159331220
12Port Vale15627-320
13Crawley14545-219
14Colchester15384-517
15Shrewsbury15375-116
16Oldham15438-415
17Gillingham15438-615
18Carlisle14437-1215
19Stevenage15429-814
20Tranmere15348-1413
21Crewe15348-1913
22Sheff Utd15339-1012
23Bristol City14176-610
24Notts County153111-1210
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