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Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Brentford

Brentford manager Mark Warburton

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Billy Waters (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Alan Judge.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Bradden Inman.

  12. Post update

    George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford30206454282666
2Wolves30197451203164
3Leyton Orient31187662323061
4Preston301511441291256
5Rotherham30159653391454
6Peterborough30154115041949
7Walsall31121183629747
8Swindon31136124941845
9Port Vale30134134345-243
10MK Dons30126124643342
11Gillingham31115154253-1138
12Coventry2913885751637
13Bradford3071494138335
14Colchester2881193536-135
15Oldham3197153544-934
16Carlisle3096153451-1733
17Bristol City32614124752-532
18Tranmere3188153554-1932
19Crawley2571082934-531
20Crewe3187163460-2631
21Notts County3293204052-1230
22Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
23Shrewsbury31610152841-1328
24Stevenage2874172847-1925
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