17:14 17th January 2015
REPORT: ALBION 0 BRENTFORD 1
Brighton & Hove Albion’s three-game winning streak was brought to end by Brentford, who left the Amex with a 1-0 victory.
The Seagulls came into the game on the back of victories at Fulham, Charlton and, indeed, the Bees in the FA Cup and Chris Hughton named the same side which won at The Valley last Saturday.
High on confidence, Albion started in the ascendancy; Craig Mackail-Smith released Inigo Calderon with an excellent cross-field ball, however Bees keeper David Button was alert to deny the defender’s low effort.
Button denied Albion again, this time from the boot of Solly March, whose first-time curling effort was heading for the top corner.
In the 26th minute March was in the action once more, however Button got a hand to his pull-back which stopped the ball reaching Mackail-Smith in the six-yard box.
Three minutes later the Bees took the lead against the run of play when Andre Gray’s effort took a wicked deflection off Joe Bennett and looped over the reach of David Stockdale.
Brentford should have doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Jake Bidwell picked out the arriving Gray, however the unmarked forward headed wide.
Gray then had another chance to double his account when he fired narrowly wide from just outside the box.
The second half started similarly to the first, with Button making an excellent save to deny Mackail-Smith from point-blank range.
Albion continued to press for an equaliser but their quest was halted by the dismissal of Lewis Dunk who was shown a second yellow on the hour mark for a push on Ramallo Jota.
Jota then flashed an effort just wide of the post in the 63rd minute before Stockdale denied Alex Pritchard after a weaving solo run.
In the 73rd minute Stockdale made a superb save to claw Jonathan Douglas’s effort away before Button excellently denied substitute Adrian Colunga at the other end.
Despite being down to ten men, and nine for a spell following an injury to Mackail-Smith, Albion looked more likely to score than their opponents.
With four minutes remaining, Moses Odubajo poked the ball away from the feet of the on-rushing Danny Holla in the six-yard box.
Jon Toral could have put the game beyond any doubt but, after rounding Stockdale and facing an open goal, the substitute couldn’t sort his feet out and the chance was cleared.
Right at the death a long throw from sub Greg Halford fell to Holla in the area but the midfielder’s shot was agonisingly blocked.1901 LOTTERY£1000
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