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Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Brentford

Alan Judge capped a majestic display with two stunning long-range strikes as League One leaders Brentford cruised to victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Judge blasted the visitors ahead from 20 yards and Marcello Trotta, George Saville and Judge had chances to double the lead in a one-sided first half.

Midfielder Judge did make it 2-0 from 25 yards and an astounding 35-yard shot from Adam Forshaw put the Bees 3-0 up.

An outclassed Crewe replied through a Chuks Aneke penalty.

But although Clayton Donaldson's handball in the area was punished by Aneke's cool spot-kick, there was never any serious danger of preventing the Bees from extending their unbeaten league run to 19 matches.

Wolves' victory over Notts County means Brentford are still only two points clear at the top of the table.

But Preston's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient on an emotional day at Deepdale following the death of Sir Tom Finney, means the Bees are now five points ahead of the O's, who stay third.

Alex were much improved after the turnaround and played their part in a thrilling second period, but they should have been out of the game by then.

After Judge had found the top corner with a wonderful early first-time hit, the Bees threatened to demolish the hosts.

A couple of inviting Jake Bidwell crosses could easily have led to goals while Saville missed a good chance, shooting well wide from 15 yards out after good work by Judge and Bidwell.

Trotta also shot just wide, Donaldson blazed a shot over and Judge forced a fine save from goalkeeper Ben Garratt.

Crewe's only strike on goal saw Mathias Pogba's shot easily saved by away keeper David Button.

Judge's second wonderful strike and an even better long-range effort from Forshaw ensured Brentford's first-half profligacy did not matter.

And despite Aneke's penalty and one or two close calls for the away side as the game became increasingly open, Brentford still had the better and more regular chances.

Trotta shot wastefully at goal when Judge was well placed, Donaldson twice spurned close-range opportunities and Tony Craig headed two yards wide from from an inviting Judge cross.

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Post-match: Brentford boss Warburton

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"I thought the first half was outstanding, the tempo and quality, but we should have been out of sight in the first half, we need to be more clinical but it's the only negative, but some of the play today was very good.

"They have to get their rewards, last year they didn't and this year I don't want it to happen to them, as they are working tirelessly and I want them to finish games off.

"It's good to have the squad working and in general we are in good shape, we entertain Wolves next, but we do what we do well and we fear no-one."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 2Tootle
  • 16Guthrie
  • 42Grant
  • 5Ellis
  • 4Davis
  • 8OsmanBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMooreat 77'minutes
  • 22Evans
  • 9Pogba
  • 14InmanSubstituted forWatersat 87'minutes
  • 26Aneke

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 3Mellor
  • 6Dugdale
  • 11Moore
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Oliver
  • 29Waters

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackBooked at 45mins
  • 24Bidwell
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forReevesat 83'minutes
  • 5Craig
  • 6Dean
  • 17Saville
  • 8Douglas
  • 9Donaldson
  • 18JudgeBooked at 76minsSubstituted forDallasat 90'minutes
  • 29TrottaSubstituted forGriggat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 11Grigg
  • 15Dallas
  • 22Reeves
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 28Yennaris
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
4,812

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3.
Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Garratt.
Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Billy Waters (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Alan Judge.
Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Bradden Inman.
George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.
Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mark Ellis.
Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Abdul Osman.

Booking

Alan Judge (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).
Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Marcello Trotta.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty conceded by Harlee Dean (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Crewe Alexandra. Chukwuemeka Aneke draws a foul in the penalty area.
Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.
Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.
Attempt blocked. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 3. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Marcello Trotta.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).
Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by George Saville (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 2. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.
Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).
Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 1.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford3020642666
2Wolves3019743164
3Leyton Orient3118763061
4Preston30151141256
5Rotherham3015961454
6Peterborough3015411949
7Walsall3112118747
8Swindon3113612845
9Port Vale3013413-243
10MK Dons3012612342
11Gillingham3111515-1138
12Coventry291388637
13Bradford307149335
14Colchester288119-135
15Oldham319715-934
16Carlisle309615-1733
17Bristol City3261412-532
18Tranmere318815-1932
19Crawley257108-531
20Crewe318716-2631
21Notts County329320-1230
22Sheff Utd287813-1029
23Shrewsbury3161015-1328
24Stevenage287417-1925
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