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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:

"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:

"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
  • 26K HarrisSubstituted 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

    Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Dannie Bulman.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Saunders (Brentford).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Marcello Trotta.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Kadeem Harris.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient15122136122438
2Wolves1411212781935
3Peterborough15102325121332
4Preston157622316727
5Brentford158342017327
6Bradford1565424141023
7Swindon157262920923
8MK Dons156452420422
9Walsall156451715222
10Rotherham155642122-121
11Coventry1593334221220
12Port Vale156272124-320
13Crawley145451820-219
14Colchester153841520-517
15Shrewsbury153751516-116
16Oldham154381923-415
17Gillingham154381824-615
18Carlisle144371325-1215
19Stevenage154291523-814
20Tranmere153481529-1413
21Crewe153481231-1913
22Sheff Utd153391323-1012
23Bristol City141762127-610
24Notts County1531111729-1210
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