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by Tom Moore, Brentford correspondent at Griffin Park
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
League One: Brentford 2 Oldham 0
Brentford manager Uwe Rosler achieved a league double over his friend and former Manchester City team-mate Paul Dickov thanks to goals from Marcus Bean and Niall McGinn.
The Bees only needed 64 seconds to open the scoring as Bean volleyed home from Clayton Donaldson’s long throw on the left hand side.
The home side should have been out of sight at half time but were unable to grab a second as Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis made a couple of excellent saves.
The west Londoners doubled their lead after 67 minutes, after withstanding a spell of Latics pressure, when Celtic loanee McGinn controlled superbly and fired the ball past the Latics stopper.
Brentford took the lead inside the first minute as Donaldson’s long throw from the left-hand side was volleyed in by Bean as Oldham gave him too much time and space to fire home his second goal of the season.
The home side could, or possibly should, have doubled the lead in a five minute spell.
The first chance came after 17 minutes Toumani Diagouraga dispossessed Dean Furman and Clinton Morrison had a shot went wide.
From the resulting corner Donaldson was denied by a splendid save by Oldham goalkeeper Bouzanis, diving well to his right to palm the ball onto the post.
The in-form striker then wasted a good opportunity moments later as his shot went high and wide from 12 yards.
Morrison continued to cause the Latics’ defence problems and forced a good save from Bouzanis.
Midfielder Sam Saunders then had a free kick as the match moved into the final 10 minutes of the first half from long rang and his effort dipped onto the top of the bar.
Brentford’s domination continued and Donaldson had his long-range effort whistle past the post with five minutes remaining until half time.
Oldham had a rare chance and former Bee Robbie Simpson headed over the bar from close range as the Latics went into the interval behind.
Saunders nearly doubled the Bees’ lead just two minutes into the second half but his shot was stopped by Bouzanis.
However, moments later Chris Taylor was stretchered off after a collision with Morrison.
The four minute break as the forward was stretchered off appeared to revitalise the visitors and they enjoyed a good spell of pressure but Brentford held firm.
The home side survived the pressure and McGinn, who was brought on for Morrison, doubled the lead after 67 minutes when he controlled Diagouraga’s header and fired his shot across Bouzanis and into the corner of the net.
The Latics had an excellent chance to pull a goal back inside the last five minutes as Jean Yves M’Voto had his header cleared off the line by Shaleum Logan.
The former Manchester City defender then could have put the cap on the result in stoppage time but he blazed the ball over the bar but the Bees claimed the victory, which leaves them five points off the League One play-offs.
Brentford: Lee, Logan, Osborne, Dean, Bidwell, Bean (Thompson 57), Douglas, Diagouraga, Saunders (Forrester 90), Morrison (McGinn 62), Donaldson.
Substitutes Not Used: Moore, Legge.
Oldham: Bouzanis, Mvoto, Brown, Lee, Diallo, Morais (M’changama 87), Furman, Robbie Simpson, Taylor (Tounkara 50), Adeyemi, Kuqi (Bunn 73).
Substitutes Not Used: Gerrard, Tarkowski.
Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham).