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Brentford got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Stevenage, played out in front of a decent Tuesday night crowd of 7,022.

The scoreline could have been more comfortable, however, but Paul Hayes, returning to the starting line-up, missed two glorious one-on-one chances in the first half, which one wag on the Ealing Road terrace described as typically “Hayes-esque” misses. It’s still not quite worked out for the former Charlton man in a Brentford shirt, but we’re convinved he’s still got an important part to play during our run in.

The Bees took the lead just before half time with Tom Adeyemi spanking a beauty home from the edge of the box to warm the hearts of Bees fans on a cold, crisp evening. It was a cracking shot,which capped an atheletic midfield performance from the improving young loanee, who buzzed around the pitch interrupting the visitor’s possession time and time again and who recovered well from an early bloody nose.

Stevenage came back into the game a bit after the break as Brentford’s nerves started to show, but sub Marcello Trotta (on for Hayes) eventually doubled the lead with a viscious finish after an Adam Forshaw run. Forshaw was at the heart of most positive Brentford attacking play yesterday, with quick feet matching an equally quick mind – his attacking runs are becoming a trademark feature of our best play , while fellow midfielder, Jonathan Douglas, mops up behind with an experienced head.

Trotta – far more lively than on Saturday – was then denied a second goal by a smart save from former blue-rinsed keeper Chris Day. Simon Moore, meanwhile, did not have a noteable save to make all evening, but came to claim the ball well a number of times. In truth, Stevenage’s shooting was dreadful.

Brentford remain in sixth place in League One on 54 points, with Bournemouth now topping the table on 58 points, but having played one more game than the Bees. A small gap has opened up between 7th placed Yeovil (also on 54 points) and Coventry in 8th spot who are on 47 points.

We’re apparently playing in the FA Cup on Sunday, but our next league game is at home to Walsall on Saturday 23rd Feb.


Bees – Moore, Hodson, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Forrester (Saunders), Adeyemi, Forshaw (Diagouraga), Douglas, Donaldson, Hayes (Trotta)

Unused Bees – Lee, Barron, Kiernan, Logan