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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.


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.

"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."



Formation 4-4-2

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


  • 5Ellis
  • 8Osman
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Oliver
  • 21Garratt
  • 24Molyneux
Michael Bull

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCrewe
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 5, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Post update

    Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Foul by William Grigg (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jake Reeves (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Abdul Osman replaces Bradden Inman.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  15. Booking

    George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

  17. Post update

    Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.

  19. Booking

    Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.