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The Bees worked hard to overcome Walsall at Griffin Park yesterday in a 1-0 win – but the victory came at a cost. Our thoughts and best wished go out to Conor McAleny and his family after the Evertonian loanee broke his leg early in the match.

Much of the pre-match sparring between fans of the clubs was over the unsettled compensation package for Will Grigg – so it was nice to earn the three points without the young striker who was absent due to a hamstring strain.

Uwe Rosler was forced into an early change when Conor McAleny zipped onto a through ball on the sloppy turf to be met by a crunching but fair tackle – the Everton youngster was stretchered from the pitch and is feared to have a broken leg.

Farid El Alagui replaced young Conor as Brentford reverted to 4-4-2 but lost their impetus for a while until Adam Forshaw, who had been squeezed over to the left, rattled the crossbar with a 30 yard humdinger.

The Saddlers started to come into the game – Lalkovic firing wide – but were struggling to deal with the overlapping Shaleum Logan. It was the plundering right back’s cross that was converted by Clayton Donaldson for the game’s only goal just before half-time, with the same combination almost conjuring up a second goal moments later.

After the interval Farid El Alagui took advantage of a Saddlers mix up to round the irate keeper O’Donnell but his goal bound shot was blocked admirably by Butler who defended stalwartly throughout the game.

With Farid tiring, Brentford changed their shape again with Donaldson left as a lone striker. This actually seemed to increase Brentford’s penetration as it pushed Forshaw back into the centre of the park

It was no surprise when the midfielder almost doubled the score after a typical penetrating run but O’Donnell parried his strike from close range. The visiting keeper was also alert to deny Clayton’s cheeky back heel flick after another well worked Brentford move.

Walsall’s best chance of the match came in the dying minutes but Button denied Westcarr’s close range header with his legs, and The Bees survived the following flurry of corners.

Brentford worked hard for this win with Alan McCormack in no-nonsense form in the centre of the park, ably supported by the keen running and impressive passing range of George Saville – visiting manager Smith acknowledged our work rate after the match.

With Brentford losing Bidwell and McAleny to longer term injuries in consecutive games Uwe admitted that he may need to dip into the transfer market again and that he will have to assess his injuries prior to Tuesday’s match at Derby.


Bees – Button, Logan, Barron, Craig, Dean, Fillo (Reeves), McCormack, Saville, Forshaw, Donaldson, McAleny (El Alagui, Saunders)

Unused Bees – Bonham, Venta, Kev, Dave