Alan Judge capped a majestic display with two stunning long-range strikes as League One leaders Brentford cruised to victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Judge blasted the visitors ahead from 20 yards and Marcello Trotta, George Saville and Judge had chances to double the lead in a one-sided first half.

Midfielder Judge did make it 2-0 from 25 yards and an astounding 35-yard shot from Adam Forshaw put the Bees 3-0 up.

An outclassed Crewe replied through a Chuks Aneke penalty.

But although Clayton Donaldson's handball in the area was punished by Aneke's cool spot-kick, there was never any serious danger of preventing the Bees from extending their unbeaten league run to 19 matches.

Dominant Brentford

Brentford have now scored eight goals in two matches against Crewe, having hammered them 5-0 earlier in the season.

Wolves' victory over Notts County means Brentford are still only two points clear at the top of the table.

But Preston's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient on an emotional day at Deepdale following the death of Sir Tom Finney, means the Bees are now five points ahead of the O's, who stay third.

Alex were much improved after the turnaround and played their part in a thrilling second period, but they should have been out of the game by then.

After Judge had found the top corner with a wonderful early first-time hit, the Bees threatened to demolish the hosts.

A couple of inviting Jake Bidwell crosses could easily have led to goals while Saville missed a good chance, shooting well wide from 15 yards out after good work by Judge and Bidwell.

Trotta also shot just wide, Donaldson blazed a shot over and Judge forced a fine save from goalkeeper Ben Garratt.

Crewe's only strike on goal saw Mathias Pogba's shot easily saved by away keeper David Button.

Judge's second wonderful strike and an even better long-range effort from Forshaw ensured Brentford's first-half profligacy did not matter.

And despite Aneke's penalty and one or two close calls for the away side as the game became increasingly open, Brentford still had the better and more regular chances.

Trotta shot wastefully at goal when Judge was well placed, Donaldson twice spurned close-range opportunities and Tony Craig headed two yards wide from from an inviting Judge cross.

VIEW FROM THE CHANGING ROOM

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"I thought the first half was outstanding, the tempo and quality, but we should have been out of sight in the first half, we need to be more clinical but it's the only negative, but some of the play today was very good.

"They have to get their rewards, last year they didn't and this year I don't want it to happen to them, as they are working tirelessly and I want them to finish games off.

"It's good to have the squad working and in general we are in good shape, we entertain Wolves next, but we do what we do well and we fear no-one."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 02 Tootle
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 42 Grant
  • 05 Ellis
  • 04 Davis
  • 08 Osman Booked (Moore - 77' )
  • 22 Evans
  • 09 Pogba
  • 14 Inman (Waters - 87' )
  • 26 Aneke

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 11 Moore
  • 18 Nolan
  • 19 Oliver
  • 29 Waters

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 04 Forshaw (Reeves - 83' )
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean
  • 17 Saville
  • 08 Douglas
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 18 Judge Booked (Dallas - 90' )
  • 29 Trotta (Grigg - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 11 Grigg
  • 15 Dallas
  • 22 Reeves
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 28 Yennaris
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 4,812

Match Stats

Shots

8 16

On target

5 8

Corners

4 6

Fouls

6 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3.

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3.

90:00 +2:28

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +2:16

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

90:00 +2:00

Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +1:00

Billy Waters (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:56

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

89:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Alan Judge.

89:06

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

87:48

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

86:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Bradden Inman.

86:00

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:58

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

84:45

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

83:35

Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

83:10

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

82:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces Adam Forshaw.

81:00

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

80:50

Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

80:03

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

79:50

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:24

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

76:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Abdul Osman.

75:56 Booking

Booking Alan Judge (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

75:52

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

75:52

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:22

Attempt saved. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Marcello Trotta.

69:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Brentford 3. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

69:22

Penalty conceded by Harlee Dean (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

69:22

Penalty Crewe Alexandra. Chukwuemeka Aneke draws a foul in the penalty area.

67:49

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

67:49

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:01

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

67:01

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:42

Attempt saved. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:58

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

62:36

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

62:14

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

62:03

Attempt blocked. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 3. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Marcello Trotta.

59:11

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tony Craig.

58:35

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

58:35

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:36

Attempt missed. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:08

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

55:08

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:49

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:49

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

51:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 2. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

50:26

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

50:00

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:57

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

49:40

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

49:40

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:00

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:58

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

48:00 Booking

Booking Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

47:28

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:28

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 1.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 1.

45:00 +0:53

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

45:00 +0:53

Ben Garratt (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:32 Booking

Booking Alan McCormack (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

44:26

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

44:26

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:01

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

43:28

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:20

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Harry Davis.

40:05

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

33:00

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:00

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

32:00

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

32:00

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:28

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:30

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

22:33

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:33

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

20:54

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

20:54

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:42

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

19:42

Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:09

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

18:09

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:39

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

15:58

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

15:00

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:53

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

8:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Brentford 1. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

4:52

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

4:52

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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