Frustrated Brentford held by rivals Notts County

17:04 14 April 2012

Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler

Archant

Brentford 0 Notts County 0

Brentford’s League One play-off hopes are receding after they were held by fellow contenders Notts County on a frustrating afternoon at Griffin Park.

The Bees lacked the cutting edge to break County down and their second successive scoreless draw keeps them three points adrift of sixth place with just three games to play.

The best of the early opportunities fell to County, with Dele Adebola’s header falling into the path of Lloyd Sam, but the winger screwed his finish horribly wide.

Alan Judge also looked lively for the visitors, scampering away on the counter-attack and exchanging passes with Sam before firing just wide with Richard Lee rooted to the spot.

Brentford’s biggest threat came whenever they gained a free-kick within shooting distance, but Sam Saunders was unable to capitalise, with one effort deflected behind and the next thundering into the County wall.

Karleigh Osborne stole in to meet another Saunders delivery with a glancing header that flew wide, while the hard-working Clayton Donaldson fired over from the edge of the box.

Overall, neither side could gain control for any significant length of time, but County came closest to breaking the deadlock eight minutes before the interval when a 25-yarder from Jeff Hughes rattled the crossbar.

The pattern continued in the second half as the Bees pressed gamely but failed to create any clear opportunities, while Alan Sheehan’s swerving drive brought a good save from Lee at his near post.

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler resisted the temptation to shuffle his pack until, with 20 minutes to go, winger Niall McGinn was again pressed into service up front with Donaldson.

McGinn supplied a couple of dangerous crosses, only to find no waiting recipient, and then Donaldson was unable to apply the finishing touch when Marcus Bean headed back Jake Bidwell’s cross.

And Saunders almost snatched victory three minutes from time, whipping another free-kick towards the far post, but former Bees goalkeeper Stuart Nelson flung out an arm to preserve parity.

Brentford: Lee; Logan, Osborne, Dean, Bidwell; Bean (Legge 82), Diagouraga, Douglas; Saunders; Donaldson, Morrison (McGinn 70).

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - July 31

 

Latest Stories

Kim Kalkowski, owner of Cakes 'n' Treats in Camden Town, says she has been unfairly targeted by anti-fascist groups

The owner of a vegan cake shop fears for her business after anti-fascist activists launched a “mistaken” campaign to stop people visiting her store.

Read more
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena (front) leaves Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this year.

A Whittington doctor facing the UK’s first prosecution linked to alleged female genital mutilation has denied any wrongdoing.

Read more
14:39
The vehicle on fire in Prince of Wales Road.

A bus carrying pensioners was left stranded and full of smoke after a camper van in Kentish Town caught fire.

Read more

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Guess the managers quiz

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more
Mark Warburton. (Photo by Rob Munro/Getty Images)

Do you think you know your Brentford? Well now is your chance to put your knowledge to the test.

Read more