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Brentford 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

James Tarkowski

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:

Mark Warburton

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Post-match: Bees manager Mark Warburton

"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:

John McMahon

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Post-match: Tranmere assistant McMahon

"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."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackBooked at 39mins
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 26TarkowskiBooked at 79mins
  • 5Craig
  • 17SavilleSubstituted forForshawat 65'minutes
  • 22Reeves
  • 11GriggSubstituted forTrottaat 65'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forAdamsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 4Forshaw
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Trotta
  • 32Adams

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 14CassidyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forStocktonat 88'minutes
  • 18Jennings
  • 4Taylor
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 8J WallaceBooked at 25mins
  • 22Koumas
  • 20BrownSubstituted forRobinsonat 72'minutes
  • 9Lowe
  • 23Ridehalgh

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).
Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Jake Reeves (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).
(Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ash Taylor.
Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jake Cassidy.
Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).
Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Charlie Adams replaces Alan Judge.
Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Wallace.
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

James Tarkowski (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).
Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Junior Brown.
Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Adam Forshaw replaces George Saville.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcello Trotta replaces William Grigg.

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.

Booking

Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Owain Williams.
Attempt saved. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).
Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ash Taylor.
Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brentford 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Steven Jennings.
James Tarkowski (Brentford) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.
Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).
Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Booking

Alan McCormack (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.
Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3423744376
2Leyton Orient3622863774
3Brentford3422752773
4Preston36181441668
5Rotherham35181162365
6Peterborough3517414855
7MK Dons3615714552
8Walsall36121212148
9Swindon3613815247
10Port Vale3514417-946
11Bradford35101411444
12Sheff Utd3312813-244
13Gillingham3613518-1144
14Coventry3514912141
15Bristol City3691413-541
16Crawley319139-440
17Colchester3491213-539
18Oldham3610818-1338
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Stevenage3510619-1836
21Tranmere359917-2136
22Crewe369918-2736
23Shrewsbury3571216-1333
24Notts County369423-2131
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