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Brentford's FA Cup dreams came to an end at Griffin Park on Tuesday night - but not before giving Premier League side Southampton a scare.

In front of a capacity crowd of 11,700 at Griffin Park, the Bees went ahead after just 4 minutes when Eddie Hutchinson hit the target. However the lead was short-lived as Southampton's Peter Crouch, at 6'7" the league's tallest player, fired home an equalizer.

The score remained tied until the 67th minute when Southampton went ahead, although Brentford continued to enjoy the majority of goal chances. However the need to get forward to score left the Bees vulnerable at the back and Peter Crouch popped up again to score in the final seconds of the game.

The defeat means that Southampton will be the team that faces cup holders Manchester United in the next round. However, manager Martin Allen was upbeat, saying "It was a cracking night. All you can ask is that the players give everything they've got. We played with passion and with quality. We competed for every ball, every pass and every challenge but in the end they just had a little bit too much quality".

1 March 2005

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