Brentford maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow win over Walsall at a soaked Griffin Park.

Clayton Donaldson glanced home Shaleum Logan's right-wing cross just before the break in a game marred by a suspected broken leg to the Bees' on-loan Everton striker Conor McAleney.

Walsall keeper Richard O'Donnell kept his side in it with a string of saves.

The visitors' best chances fell to Craig Westcarr and Milan Lalkovic but both fired straight at the goalkeeper.

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Brentford manager Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"There's not many teams coming here playing like Walsall. They played some very good stuff without really making our keeper work.

"We had many chances to kill the game off and we didn't do that. In the end it was all about the defending, and in the last 10 minutes defending the lead and doing the right things to get the three points.

"All credit to my players. I know that we can play better but they really dug in, and I said, that I would be more delighted over those three points after the game against Sheffield United."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 03 Barron
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 14 Logan
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 12 McCormack
  • 17 Saville
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 19 Fillo (Reeves - 75' )
  • 25 McAleny (El Alagui - 10' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Bonham
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 18 Venta
  • 07 Saunders
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves
  • 10 El Alagui (Saunders - 69' )

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Downing
  • 14 Benning Booked
  • 15 J Chambers
  • 07 A Chambers (Featherstone - 75' )
  • 08 Mantom
  • 11 Hemmings (Sawyers - 65' )
  • 16 Baxendale (McQuilkin - 82' )
  • 09 Lalkovic
  • 10 Westcarr

Substitutes

  • 22 Roberts
  • 05 Holden
  • 02 Purkiss
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 26 McQuilkin
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 24 Hewitt
Ref: Haywood
Att: 5,781

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

4 2

Corners

1 8

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:51 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:48

Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Tony Craig gets a block in.

90:00 +3:32

James McQuilkin takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +2:17

Clearance by Scott Barron.

90:00 +2:10

Corner taken by James McQuilkin.

90:00 +2:00

Corner taken by Romaine Sawyers from the left by-line.

88:09

David Button restarts play with the free kick.

88:03

Romaine Sawyers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Barron.

87:43

Corner taken by Milan Lalkovic from the right by-line.

87:21

Shot by Craig Westcarr. A parry by David Button prevents the goal.

87:06

The ball is swung over by Milan Lalkovic.

85:35

Shot by Adam Forshaw. Richard O'Donnell parries the effort to safety.

83:16

Shaleum Logan takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

81:08 Substitution

Substitution James Baxendale leaves the field to be replaced by James McQuilkin.

79:14

James Baxendale restarts play with the free kick.

79:08

Shaleum Logan is caught offside.

78:22

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell catches the ball.

78:05

The ball is swung over by Adam Forshaw.

77:48

Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

77:41

Foul by Jake Reeves on Andy Butler, free kick awarded.

75:41

Harlee Dean takes the free kick.

75:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan McCormack by Romaine Sawyers.

74:32 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Featherstone on for Adam Chambers.

74:02 Substitution

Substitution Jake Reeves comes on in place of Martin Fillo.

72:35

Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

72:27

Unfair challenge on James Baxendale by Alan McCormack results in a free kick.

71:43

Clearance made by Andy Butler.

71:35

Shaleum Logan sends in a cross.

70:41

A cross is delivered by James Baxendale.

70:33

Paul Downing takes the free kick.

70:23

Unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Martin Fillo results in a free kick.

69:42

Clearance by Harlee Dean.

69:36

The ball is crossed by James Chambers.

68:25 Substitution

Substitution (Brentford) makes a substitution, with Sam Saunders coming on for Farid El Alagui.

66:39

Free kick taken by Paul Downing.

66:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Clayton Donaldson.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Romaine Sawyers comes on in place of Ashley Hemmings.

64:26

James Chambers takes the free kick.

64:01 Booking

Booking

64:01

Booking for Harlee Dean for unsporting behaviour.

63:56

Harlee Dean challenges Milan Lalkovic unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62:58

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell parries the effort to safety.

62:44

The ball is crossed by Martin Fillo.

61:58

David Button restarts play with the free kick.

61:35

Foul by Malvind Benning on Martin Fillo, free kick awarded.

60:35

Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

60:31

The offside flag is raised against Martin Fillo.

57:59

A cross is delivered by James Baxendale.

57:54

Corner taken by James Baxendale from the left by-line.

57:10

Clearance made by Clayton Donaldson.

57:06

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Baxendale.

56:06

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

55:56

Corner taken by Adam Forshaw.

54:06

Shot by James Chambers went wide of the right-hand upright.

52:10

Shot by Milan Lalkovic. Blocked by Harlee Dean.

50:26

Ashley Hemmings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaleum Logan.

46:21

Andy Butler takes the free kick.

46:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Farid El Alagui on Andy Butler.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +5:11 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:53

Milan Lalkovic takes a shot. David Button safely holds on.

45:00 +1:03

Free kick taken by David Button.

45:00 +0:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan McCormack by Ashley Hemmings.

44:49

Header at goal by Clayton Donaldson goes right of the post.

44:40

Shaleum Logan sends in a cross.

43:41

Free kick taken by Paul Downing.

43:25

Clayton Donaldson is adjudged to have handled the ball.

41:38

The assist for the goal came from Shaleum Logan.

41:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Clayton Donaldson - Brentford 1 - 0 Walsall Clayton Donaldson grabs a goal with a headed effort. Brentford 1-0 Walsall.

41:27

Shaleum Logan crosses the ball.

39:55

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings from the right by-line.

39:40

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.

39:20

Centre by Malvind Benning.

39:03

Free kick taken by George Saville.

38:55

James Chambers challenges George Saville unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:22

Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

38:07

Clayton Donaldson is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

36:55

Shot by Sam Mantom went wide right of the net.

36:46

Harlee Dean manages to make a clearance.

36:41

Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.

36:06

Clearance made by Andy Butler.

35:54

Centre by Adam Forshaw.

32:57

Header by Clayton Donaldson goes to the left of the goal.

32:43

Centre by Adam Forshaw.

31:25

Harlee Dean takes the free kick.

31:12

The official flags Milan Lalkovic offside.

27:25

Adam Forshaw takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

25:36

Craig Westcarr takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

24:32

Andy Butler takes the free kick.

24:19

Foul by Martin Fillo on Andy Butler, free kick awarded.

22:53

Clearance by Andy Butler.

22:46

Free kick crossed by Shaleum Logan.

22:11

Malvind Benning booked for unsporting behaviour.

22:11 Booking

Booking

22:01

Foul by Malvind Benning on Shaleum Logan, free kick awarded.

18:49

George Saville takes a shot and cleared the bar.

18:28

Shaleum Logan sends in a cross.

15:47

The ball is delivered by Shaleum Logan.

14:57

A cross is delivered by Scott Barron.

12:43

Free kick taken by Malvind Benning.

12:29

George Saville fouled by Adam Chambers, the ref awards a free kick.

12:16

Andy Butler manages to make a clearance. Farid El Alagui produces a cross.

10:00 Substitution

Substitution Farid El Alagui on for Conor McAleny.

3:52

Tony Craig takes the free kick.

3:45

Milan Lalkovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

1:32

Paul Downing restarts play with the free kick.

1:09

George Saville challenges Adam Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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