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Brentford recovered brilliantly from a rocky opening 15 minutes – in which they found themselves a goal down and had missed a penalty – to see off a tricky Coventry City side 3-1 at Griffin Park on Saturday and, in doing so, further underpinned their promotion credentials.

The Sky Blues came to win, which was a refreshing outlook compared to some of the defensive-minded negativity from recent opponents, which made for an open, highly entertaining match. If Coventry were as impressive at the back as they clearly are coming forward, the result of this match could have been closer, but in the end, Brentford showed they are two goals better than most sides they come up against currently and were able to notch a fourth consecutive win.

The turn-around once again came thanks to some impressive free-flowing football, and even without League One Player of the Year, Adam Forshaw, driving the team forward the reds are a highly potent side. Alan Judge’s spot kick was well saved, and would have knocked the confidence of a Bees team from a different era, but the miss seemed to spur the team on rather than shackle their sprit.

Clayton Donaldson capped a powerful run into the box with a clinical, prodded, finish on 17 minutes, then, just three minutes later, Marcello Trotta produced a virtual carbon copy of his clincher at Orient when he found the bottom corner to give the home side the lead.

Coventry had their chances to get back into the game, with David Button making amends from the fumble that lead to the opener with several well timed saves, but after getting our noses in front, the result was in little doubt.

When Alan McCormack raced through on goal and found the perfect finish to put the Bees 3-1 up, it really was a case of how many could be added to the tally, even though Coventry continued to chase the game.

Orient’s mediocre run of results continued when they dropped point at Walsall, as Brentford had done, whilst Wolves produced a fine 2-0 win at Sheffield United who, it is hoped, will now have their minds firmly focused on an FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley rather than the Bees’ visit next Tuesday evening.

The League table after the match was absorbed with a smile, yes there are bound to be a few twists and turns ahead, but the plain fact is that four points clear of third place (with two games in hand over Orient), and one point behind Wolves (with one game in hand) is great place to be positioned.

Tuesday evening is a big, big night – Brentford travel to Rotherham for a very tricky tie on paper, and both our clear automatic promotion rivals are at home – there’ll be some nervy Smartphone gazing at all three grounds throughout the evening for sure.

However, one defeat in over five months proves that the Bees can head to South Yorkshire capable of producing the result we hope for… Be there if you can.

Dave Lane