Bees 3 Aldershot 0
An emphatic victory!
Brentford returned to winning ways with a fairly emphatic victory over Aldershot at Griffin Park.
In truth, the visitors came out of the blocks quicker with some fairly direct attacking play, but Brentford withheld the pressure with a couple of timely interceptions from Mark Phillips.
As the half wore on, Brentford's superior quality in posession began to show, particularly when we got the ball down onto the deck. We had already wasted a couple of good chances (a screwed Rhodes shot and a headed opportunity) when a period of sustained pressure was rewarded with a Marcus Bean goal. The strike was originally flagged for outside, but then given by the referee as the ball to Bean was a mishit backpass from Scott Davies.
Shortly afterwards, a clumsy challenge from Chris Blackburn handed Brentford a penalty. After quite a long delay, and some goal-line acrobatics from the Shots keeper Jaimez-Ruiz, Charlie Macdonald saw his penalty saved. The striker reacted well though, and rattled the bar from 25 yards shortly afterwards, before Brentford were quite literally handed another penalty by Anthony Charles. With balls of steel, Macdonald again stood up to take it, this time firing a great penalty into the bottom corner of the net.
The game continued with end to end action - Rhodes missing another good chance and Ben Hamer reacting well to a low shot to his right.
The game died out a bit after half-time, Brentford continued to show quality on the ball but Aldershot continued to battle, and Hamer was forced into another decent save. But Jordan Rhodes wrapped up the points late on with a great individual goal, leaving two defenders for dead before poking the ball past Jaimez-Ruiz and celebrating wildly.
This was a decent win against an Aldershot side who play direct attacking football - and to keep a clean sheet was a particularly good result. In truth The Shots look slightly cumbersome at the back, so Brentford will have to be at the top of their game to secure a similar win at Shrewsbury next weekend.
Bees: Hamer, Halls (Osborne), Dickson, Phillips, Bennett, Newton (Williams), Wood, Bean, O'Connor, Macdonald, Rhodes.
Aldershot Town: Jaimez-Ruiz; Blackburn, Day, Charles, Straker; Hudson, Davies, Harding (sub Newman 77 mins), Donnelly (sub Soares 55 mins); Grant, Elvins (sub Hylton 62 mins)
Thanks to beesotted for the match report
January 28, 2009