Goals from Sam Saunders and Clayton Donaldson saw Brentford move into the play-off zone with victory at Crawley.

Crawley had Mark Connolly sent off after 50 seconds for a foul on Donaldson - who missed the penalty.

Saunders rifled home from 15 yards for 1-0, before Donaldson doubled their lead after seizing on a defensive mix up to tap into an empty net.

Brentford's Adam Forshaw collected a second yellow card for diving before Nicky Adams made it 2-1 from 30 yards.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"What an absolutely fantastic effort. To play 100 minutes - I think it was three minutes of injury time in the first half and seven minutes in the second half - with 10 men, and the be the best team for the last 45 minutes, is an absolutely great effort.

"We had a game-plan at half-time as we needed to stay in the game, because how many times have you seen things evened up. I thought the players stuck to it very well. The only thing missing was a little bit of luck.

"It never rains but it pours [Connolly's dismissal]. We are now getting to the point where we can't even fill the bench."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sadler (Elford-Alliyu - 84' )
  • 04 Connolly Dismissed
  • 12 Walsh
  • 07 Clarke (O'Brien - 46' Booked )
  • 10 Sparrow
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 M Jones (Essam - 4' )
  • 14 Proctor

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 06 Essam
  • 13 Hunt
  • 19 O'Brien
  • 20 Elford-Alliyu
  • 23 Smith

Brentford

  • 21 Moore
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 18 Hodson
  • 32 Moore
  • 04 Forshaw Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Saunders (Barron - 68' )
  • 08 Douglas
  • 12 Adeyemi (Logan - 88' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 17 Wright-Phillips (Diagouraga - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Barron
  • 14 Logan
  • 15 Dallas
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 11 Trotta
  • 23 Hayes

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

5 5

Corners

7 2

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:47

The official flags Clayton Donaldson offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

90:00 +4:18

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Jonathan Douglas gets a block in.

90:00 +3:31

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Harlee Dean.

90:00 +3:13

Clayton Donaldson is caught offside. Connor Essam takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:46

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Save by Simon Moore.

89:53

Connor Essam challenges Clayton Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Barron takes the direct free kick.

88:42

Inswinging corner taken by Scott Barron from the right by-line.

87:17 Substitution

Substitution Tom Adeyemi goes off and Shaleum Logan comes on.

87:05 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

84:31

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Harlee Dean gets a block in.

83:48 Substitution

Substitution Mat Sadler goes off and Lateef Elford-Alliyu comes on.

80:03

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya on Scott Barron, free kick awarded. Tony Craig restarts play with the free kick.

76:12

Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Save made by Simon Moore.

73:59

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Toumani Diagouraga comes on in place of Bradley Wright-Phillips.

73:59

Bradley Wright-Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler.

71:08

Scott Barron takes a shot. Save made by Paul Jones.

70:27

Nicky Adams takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Clayton Donaldson manages to make a clearance.

69:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dannie Bulman on Tom Adeyemi. Lee Hodson takes the free kick.

67:42

Bradley Wright-Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

67:42 Substitution

Substitution Sam Saunders leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Barron.

65:00

Assist on the goal came from Mat Sadler.

65:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Adams - Crawley 1 - 2 Brentford Nicky Adams gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 1-2 Brentford.

64:23

Jamie Proctor is caught offside. Tony Craig restarts play with the free kick.

61:45

Clayton Donaldson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

59:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Saunders by Aiden O'Brien. Sam Saunders takes the free kick.

58:12 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off Adam Forshaw for second bookable offence.

56:41

Corner taken by Sam Saunders from the left by-line, clearance made by Aiden O'Brien.

55:15

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mat Sadler, save made by Simon Moore.

53:44

Shot from inside the six-yard box by Aiden O'Brien goes wide right of the target.

52:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mat Sadler, Nicky Adams takes a shot.

51:31

Tony Craig challenges Matthew Sparrow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mat Sadler produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Clayton Donaldson manages to make a clearance.

49:58

Unfair challenge on Lee Hodson by Nicky Adams results in a free kick. Lee Hodson restarts play with the free kick.

49:06

Clayton Donaldson is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

46:26 Booking

Booking The referee shows Aiden O'Brien a yellow card.

45:04 Substitution

Substitution Aiden O'Brien comes on in place of Billy Clarke.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +4:15 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +3:39 Booking

Booking Harlee Dean receives a yellow card.

45:00 +2:15

Jonathan Douglas takes a shot.

45:00 +1:31

Unfair challenge on Sam Saunders by Matthew Sparrow results in a free kick. Sam Saunders takes the free kick.

44:16

Mat Sadler concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Forshaw. Direct free kick taken by Lee Hodson.

43:06

Mat Sadler fouled by Bradley Wright-Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

42:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Clayton Donaldson. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

37:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Craig on Billy Clarke. Free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

35:25

Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line, clearance by Harlee Dean.

32:52

Shot by Clayton Donaldson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

31:10

Harlee Dean provided the assist for the goal.

31:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Clayton Donaldson - Crawley 0 - 2 Brentford Clayton Donaldson scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Crawley Town 0-2 Brentford.

30:48

The ball is swung over by Harlee Dean,

27:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor by Harlee Dean. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

26:02

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

23:33

Lee Hodson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Nicky Adams takes the free kick.

21:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mat Sadler from the right by-line, Joe Walsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Moore. Simon Moore takes the direct free kick.

19:48

Bradley Wright-Phillips is caught offside. Joe Walsh restarts play with the free kick.

17:51

Tom Adeyemi takes a shot. Dannie Bulman gets a block in.

15:49

Clayton Donaldson provided the assist for the goal.

15:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Saunders - Crawley 0 - 1 Brentford Goal scored by Sam Saunders from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Brentford.

15:03

Bradley Wright-Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

14:08

Adam Forshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

11:50

Harlee Dean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor. Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.

9:22

Handball by Bradley Wright-Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

6:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicky Adams. Direct free kick taken by Simon Moore.

5:50

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mat Sadler, Lee Hodson manages to make a clearance.

4:11

Adam Forshaw challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the direct free kick.

4:11 Booking

Booking The referee shows Adam Forshaw a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

3:16

Foul by Sam Saunders on Mustapha Dumbuya, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

3:16 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Connor Essam coming on for Mike Jones.

1:02 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Mark Connolly.

0:41 Penalty

Placed penalty missed by Clayton Donaldson.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

0:41

Mark Connolly challenges Clayton Donaldson unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

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