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Brentford were knocked out of the JPT last night after a hotly contested penalty – given away by Raphael Calvet despite what looked like a good tackle – was lobbed confidently into the net by Grant McCann

The Bees – criticised for lacking consistency of late – certainly were not guilty of that last night as they carried on where they had left off on Saturday with a lethargic first half display.

Uwe again showed faith in Marcello Trotta by starting him for the second game running ahead of Farid El Alagui who’s goals have kept The Bees alive in cup competitions this season. Trotta, whilst not alone in a run of the mill performance, did little to repay his manager’s support despite the occasional positive moment.

It was little surprise when the fancied hosts took the lead, a blundering save from David Button pushing the ball into the path of Martin Taylor who was rewarded for his chase back towards his own net with an own goal.

Brentford did show some improvement after the break as Saville started to find some rhythm to his play but were two goals behind before they really started to play with any purpose. The improvement in play could, just possibly, also be linked to El Alagui entering the fray up pitch – giving Trotta a strike mate and Brentford a more physical and aerial threat

Brentford pulled a goal back when a quick Trotta throw was crossed by Diagouraga, who put in another decent showing, and substitute Ben Nugent nodded home.

The goal sparked The Bees into a small flurry of activity with the overlapping Bidwell at the heart of much of our good offensive play – although Peterborough had chances to stretch their lead as we commited men to attack.

In truth this wasn’t a horror show against one of League One’s early form teams, but we continue to give away cheap goals and some players are simply not playing to potential.

Going out of the JPT probably isn’t the end of the world if we have genuine desire to get promoted – we just need that alleged desire to manifest itself on the pitch and in the attitude of the players because it’s certainly not visible at the moment.

The Luddite

Bees – Button, Calvet, Taylor (Nugent), Craig, Bidwell, Diagouraga, Douglas, Saville, Fillo (Clarke), Saunders (El Alagui), Trotta

Unused Subs – Reeves, Logan