Jan 19 2013 By Paul Warburton
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Brentford 1-2 Tranmere Rovers
MORE than 200 fans shovelled Brentford to defeat – and probably wished they hadn’t bothered.
Referee Darren Deadman decided the match was very much alive after his 8am match inspection, and then let the snow patrol get to work.
And although Bees did plenty of spadework, they dug hole themselves a hole after falling behind twice sees to lose ground on the leaders.
A frantic six minutes finale of added-on time failed to produce a second leveller, although on the balance of play, the digging fans and their team deserved it.
An early Clayton Donaldson side-foot volley from 10 yards went straight into the grateful hands of Owen fon Williams, followed by a vital block that denied David Amoo at the other end straight after – and there was only three minutes on the clock.
Marcello Trotta took aim from distance to bring a half block from the keeper, who was relieved to see the ball drop over his head but wide.
Then the man with one of the longest names in football opened up his long legs only for Simon Moore to deny Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro as he cut in from the wing having left Shaleum Logan for dead.
Donaldson was again denied by the keeper’s parry after he connected with Adam Forshaw’s clever cut back.
But after the hectic opening, disaster struck for Bees four minutes from the break.
A bouncing ball in the centre circle eluded Jake Bidwell’s head, but not Akpa Akpro, whose nod into the path of Amoo saw his run get no further than the outstretched leg of Harlee Dean inside the box.
Andy Robinson sent Moore the wrong way from the resulting penalty.
All was joy again after 50 minutes when another dead ball brought the equaliser, and it was the Brentford culprits who made amends.
Bidwell’s’s curling free kick from the wing was met at the near post by a stooping Dean (pic) to head into the corner and Bees back into the match.
A glancing header from Trotta then flew wide of the target, but it was route one to the back of the net for Adam McGurk on 66 minutes.
A long raking cross should have been cut out, but instead the midfielder was allowed to cut in from the right and steer the ball past Moore with his left foot for 1-2.
A 15-man melee saw Douglas and Williams add to the seven yellow cards for their part after Trotta had swung a leg as the ball was gathered by the keeper.
Boss Uwe Rosler made a double substitution, but it was Trotta weaving his way into the box who saw his low drive blocked by the yellow wall.
And sub Sam Saunders thought he had rescued a point when his curling free-kick from 20 yards was clawed away by Williams diving to his right.
But there was a touch of the dustcart after Tuesday’s Lord Mayor show that makes next Tuesday against Orient even more vital than any glamour visit from Chelsea.
Brentford: 4-4-2: Moore; Logan (Hodson 46), Craig, Dean, Bidwell; Forshaw, Douglas, Diagouraga (Hayes 76), Forrester (Saunders 76) ; Donaldson, Trotta; subs not used: Lee, Barron, Reeves, Kiernan