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Brentford 5-0 Crewe Alexandra

Clayton Donaldson

Clayton Donaldson scored twice against his former club as Brentford thumped League One strugglers Crewe Alexandra.

Marcello Trotta headed the opener from 18 yards out just before the break.

Adam Forshaw then danced through straight after the restart, finishing neatly before Chelsea loanee George Saville curled in a classy third.

Donaldson beat the offside trap to tap in number four from close range, the ex-Crewe striker then firing the fifth after a slick, six-man passing move,

Brad Inman had the visitors' only real glimpse of goal but sliced his effort wide when set up by Byron Moore.

Victory keeps the Bees in fourth, while Crewe remain third from bottom.

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Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"They played with a false number nine, which was unusual in our league. We dominated the first half then we figured out their plan and improved quickly in an impressive way in the second half.

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler

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Post-match: Brentford boss Rosler

"Marcello is in great shape and works hard off the ball and we are very happy to have him and all my players.

"We had good communication with Northern Ireland regarding Will Grigg, but he didn't play last night in Turkey and he came back today and let out his frustration in a good performance and his drive was very good.

"Our next games against Wolves and Peterborough are tough but we can beat them."

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It's not an easy place to come. But we're not using that as an excuse. Any defeat hurts, whether it's 1-0 or 5-0.

"We went to Preston when they were flying and won there so we know they can do it. It's a question of having the belief.

"We had stifled them for 44 minutes and were doing fine, having restricted them to a couple of half chances and the game plan looked to be working.

"But their first goal came at a bad time for us. I don't know how it's gone in from that distance, although it was a very good header. And then we conceded seconds into the second half."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 17SavilleBooked at 77mins
  • 6Dean
  • 5Craig
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forReevesat 75'minutes
  • 8Douglas
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 71'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 26HarrisSubstituted forGriggat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10El Alagui
  • 11Grigg
  • 14Logan
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 21O'Brien
  • 22Reeves
  • 28Nugent

Crewe

  • 13Martin
  • 16Guthrie
  • 3Mellor
  • 42GrantBooked at 60mins
  • 6Dugdale
  • 4Davis
  • 26AnekeSubstituted forOliverat 70'minutes
  • 22EvansBooked at 10minsSubstituted forNolanat 71'minutes
  • 7Clayton
  • 14InmanSubstituted forOsmanat 81'minutes
  • 11MooreBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ellis
  • 8Osman
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Oliver
  • 21Garratt
  • 24Molyneux
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
6,616

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).
Attempt saved. Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).
Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Jake Reeves (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Abdul Osman replaces Bradden Inman.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Booking

George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).
Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.

Booking

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Farid El Alagui.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Farid El Alagui replaces Marcello Trotta.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Liam Nolan replaces George Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Chukwuemeka Aneke.
George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).
Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).
Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).
Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 4, Crewe Alexandra 0. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt saved. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.
Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Kadeem Harris because of an injury.
Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).
Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcello Trotta.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brentford 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brentford 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross.
Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves1612312039
2Leyton Orient1612222338
3Peterborough1510231332
4Brentford16934830
5Preston16862830
6Swindon168261026
7Rotherham16664224
8Bradford156541023
9Port Vale16727-123
10MK Dons15645422
11Walsall15645222
12Coventry159331220
13Crawley16556-420
14Gillingham16538-518
15Colchester16385-617
16Carlisle16457-1217
17Shrewsbury16376-316
18Oldham15438-415
19Bristol City16286-414
20Stevenage164210-1114
21Tranmere16358-1414
22Crewe16349-2413
23Sheff Utd163310-1112
24Notts County163112-1310
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