League One
BrentfordBrentford1CrawleyCrawley Town0

Brentford 1-0 Crawley Town

Jonathan Douglas

Brentford edged closer to promotion from League One after Jonathan Douglas' goal sealed victory over Crawley.

Clayton Donaldson had two early chances for the Bees but missed the target twice, while Alan Judge's header was saved by Crawley keeper Paul Jones.

Jones was at fault for the goal though, spilling Douglas' header into the net.

Stuart Dallas twice went close to making it 2-0 as Brentford saw out victory to open up a nine-point advantage over Rotherham in third.

And with five games left to play, Brentford know two wins and a draw will seal promotion to the Championship, with the Bees also three points behind leaders Wolves.

The west London side's tally of 87 points is the highest recorded in their 125-year history.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"These are the hard games and we knew they were going to be a tough opponent. They slowed the game down and we had to respond to it and not get impatient.

"There was good fortune and we had to fight for it.

"From our point of view it is one game at a time.

"Our long-term target is to fill our new stadium. To do that we need to set new records and it is another step forward towards our goal."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"We came here with a plan and it had 0-0 written all over it in my view, which would have been a good result for us.

"They are a hard team to play against and they are almost certainly going to be automatically promoted. We made a monumental error which has cost us.

"Obviously the mistake by Jonesy (Paul Jones) has cost us from a fairly easy header and it was game over.

"It was a very disappointing way to lose a match."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 5Craig
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forDiagouragaat 89'minutes
  • 17SavilleSubstituted forReevesat 68'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 15Dallas
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forTrottaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2O'Connor
  • 6Dean
  • 11Grigg
  • 16Bonham
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Reeves
  • 29Trotta

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 29Connolly
  • 3Sadler
  • 15BulmanSubstituted forTorresat 69'minutes
  • 12Walsh
  • 5McFadzean
  • 11Simpson
  • 28Dicker
  • 18Tubbs
  • 7ClarkeSubstituted forProctorat 59'minutes
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 4Connolly
  • 8Torres
  • 9Fallon
  • 14Proctor
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
  • 26Edwards
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
7,718

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Crawley Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Crawley Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Connolly.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga replaces Adam Forshaw.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  12. Post update

    Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Dicker (Crawley Town).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Marcello Trotta replaces Alan Judge.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41279574254990
2Brentford41269666363087
3Rotherham412212777492878
4Leyton Orient412211873383577
5Preston412016557391876
6Peterborough41204176354964
7MK Dons41177175855358
8Swindon41169165854457
9Port Vale41176185566-1157
10Walsall411414134542356
11Sheff Utd411511154243-156
12Bradford411116145251149
13Coventry411611147171049
14Gillingham41146215469-1548
15Bristol City411017146364-147
16Oldham411211184657-1147
17Crawley391113154049-946
18Colchester411013184557-1243
19Tranmere401110194970-2143
20Carlisle401110194061-2143
21Crewe411110204976-2743
22Shrewsbury41914183750-1341
23Notts County41124255572-1740
24Stevenage41109224061-2139
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