Brentford edged closer to promotion from League One after Jonathan Douglas' goal sealed victory over Crawley.

Clayton Donaldson had two early chances for the Bees but missed the target twice, while Alan Judge's header was saved by Crawley keeper Paul Jones.

Jones was at fault for the goal though, spilling Douglas' header into the net.

Stuart Dallas twice went close to making it 2-0 as Brentford saw out victory to open up a nine-point advantage over Rotherham in third.

And with five games left to play, Brentford know two wins and a draw will seal promotion to the Championship, with the Bees also three points behind leaders Wolves.

The west London side's tally of 87 points is the highest recorded in their 125-year history.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"These are the hard games and we knew they were going to be a tough opponent. They slowed the game down and we had to respond to it and not get impatient.

"There was good fortune and we had to fight for it.

"From our point of view it is one game at a time.

"Our long-term target is to fill our new stadium. To do that we need to set new records and it is another step forward towards our goal."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"We came here with a plan and it had 0-0 written all over it in my view, which would have been a good result for us.

"They are a hard team to play against and they are almost certainly going to be automatically promoted. We made a monumental error which has cost us.

"Obviously the mistake by Jonesy (Paul Jones) has cost us from a fairly easy header and it was game over.

"It was a very disappointing way to lose a match."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 05 Craig
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 04 Forshaw (Diagouraga - 89' )
  • 17 Saville (Reeves - 68' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 15 Dallas
  • 18 Judge (Trotta - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 02 O'Connor
  • 06 Dean
  • 11 Grigg
  • 16 Bonham
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 22 Reeves
  • 29 Trotta

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 29 Connolly
  • 03 Sadler
  • 15 Bulman (Torres - 69' )
  • 12 Walsh
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 11 Simpson
  • 28 Dicker
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 07 Clarke (Proctor - 59' )
  • 21 Jones

Substitutes

  • 04 Connolly
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Fallon
  • 14 Proctor
  • 19 Monakana
  • 25 Maddison
  • 26 Edwards
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 7,718

Match Stats

Shots

19 3

On target

6 2

Corners

6 2

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +3:02

Hand ball by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

90:00 +0:20

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:09

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Connolly.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga replaces Adam Forshaw.

87:36

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

87:25

Attempt blocked. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:03

Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

83:00

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

81:11

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:11

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

80:20

Attempt blocked. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:44

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

79:44

Foul by Gary Dicker (Crawley Town).

75:11

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

75:11

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:16

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

72:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Marcello Trotta replaces Alan Judge.

71:31

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

70:23

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:23

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

69:03

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

69:03

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

68:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Dannie Bulman.

67:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces George Saville.

60:23

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:23

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

59:59

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Billy Clarke.

57:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Crawley Town 0. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

56:33

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:23

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

55:23

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:47

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

54:47

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:40

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

49:10

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

47:04

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:04

Foul by Paul Connolly (Crawley Town).

45:30

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

45:30

Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brentford 0, Crawley Town 0.

44:17

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:17

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

43:01

Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:07

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

39:33

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

38:11

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

37:10

Attempt saved. Alan McCormack (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

35:13

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

34:57

Attempt saved. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:35

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

32:05

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

26:04

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:29

Hand ball by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

18:05

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

17:04

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

16:02

Attempt missed. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13:15

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

9:08

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high.

5:27

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

5:27

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:14

Attempt blocked. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

3:38

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

3:38

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

2:58

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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