Brentford won at Leyton Orient to go second in League One and boost their hopes of automatic promotion.

Marcello Trotta scored the only goal in first-half stoppage time with a powerful low drive from 20 yards.

James Tarkowski was sent off for two yellow cards but the visitors survived for 41 minutes with 10 men.

Brentford are a point behind League One leaders Wolves, who drew 0-0 with Shrewsbury, while Orient drop to third, two points behind the Bees.

The hosts enjoyed long spells of pressure in the first half, with striker David Mooney chipping over from the edge of the box and Dean Cox fizzing a shot wide from 25 yards.

Hot to Trotta

Marcello Trotta has scored in 12 games for Brentford this season. The Bees have won 11 of them, and drew the other at Shrewsbury.

Before Trotta's opener, his 12th goal of the season, O's goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic had smothered Clayton Donaldson's attempt.

Brentford's task was made more difficult four minutes into the second half when centre-back Tarkowski, one of three players booked in a feisty first period, saw red after lunging in on Romain Vincelot.

But Orient, who have played two games more than their London rivals, struggled to make the advantage of the extra man count.

Moses Odubajo spurned the home side's best opportunity, firing straight at David Button from eight yards, while Shaun Batt's header was cleared off the line by Alan McCormack.

And they were lucky to escape further damage at the other end when Donaldson's goal-bound header ricocheted behind off his own player and on-loan winger Alan Judge struck a post late on.

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"The effort and determination was of a high standard and that culminated in a strong first-half performance.

"We were unfortunate to go in at half-time 1-0 down. We should have closed it down better.

"We've come from behind before and I fully expected to put them under pressure. How we've not scored today, I don't know.

"It's a good group, I believe in them and we'll fight for as many points as we can."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"There was a lot at stake and both teams realised that. It was a big derby and second versus third.

"I'm delighted with the way the boys reacted to it. We tried to avoid being drawn into a melee and the key for us was focusing on what we do well.

"The players have learned from last year's disappointment and hopefully we're in good shape to keep pushing forward."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Leyton Orient

  • 30 Jakupovic
  • 02 Omozusi Booked
  • 03 Sawyer Booked (Batt - 70' )
  • 04 Vincelot
  • 05 Cuthbert
  • 15 Clarke
  • 11 Odubajo
  • 08 James (Bartley - 88' )
  • 10 Mooney
  • 09 Lisbie (Dagnall - 75' )
  • 07 Cox

Substitutes

  • 12 Larkins
  • 14 Batt
  • 19 Lasimant
  • 21 Bartley
  • 23 Dagnall
  • 25 Simpson
  • 29 Ness

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 26 Tarkowski Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 05 Craig
  • 04 Forshaw Booked
  • 18 Judge Booked
  • 09 Donaldson Booked
  • 29 Trotta (Dean - 51' )
  • 17 Saville

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 06 Dean
  • 11 Grigg
  • 15 Dallas
  • 22 Reeves
  • 28 Yennaris
  • 32 Adams
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 8,335

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

4 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

10 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leyton Orient 0, Brentford 1.

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 0, Brentford 1.

90:00 +4:55

Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:55

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

90:00 +3:46

Alan Judge (Brentford) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

89:46

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

89:46

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

87:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Marvyn Bartley replaces Lloyd James.

87:24

Attempt blocked. Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86:59

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tony Craig.

85:25 Booking

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

85:14

Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:14

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

83:03

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

82:04

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

81:14

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

81:14

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:45

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

78:19

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high.

77:38

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

76:08

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

75:42

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:42

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

74:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Chris Dagnall replaces Kevin Lisbie.

72:31

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

72:31

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:53

Attempt saved. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces Gary Sawyer.

68:36 Booking

Booking Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

66:41

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

65:51

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

65:51

Foul by Gary Sawyer (Leyton Orient).

63:40

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

63:40

Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:18

Hand ball by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

61:22

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

61:22

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

59:48

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

58:42

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

57:39

Attempt missed. Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

56:09

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

56:09

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:53

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

54:53

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:29

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

54:29

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

54:04

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

53:49

Attempt blocked. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:45 Booking

Booking Adam Forshaw (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

52:36

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

52:36

Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Harlee Dean replaces Marcello Trotta.

49:12 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to James Tarkowski (Brentford).

49:01

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

49:01

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:43

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

47:43

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:26

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

46:26

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

45:42

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Leyton Orient 0, Brentford 1.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leyton Orient 0, Brentford 1.

45:00 +3:09

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

45:00 +3:09

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leyton Orient 0, Brentford 1. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

43:29

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:29

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

42:18

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

40:16 Booking

Booking Gary Sawyer (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

39:48 Booking

Booking Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

39:05

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

39:05

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

36:29

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

36:29

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:05

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

35:05

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:05

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

34:05

Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:05

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

33:05

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

32:25

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

31:18

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

31:18

Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:56

Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:18

Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:53

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tony Craig.

23:10

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

23:10

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:56

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

22:05

Attempt blocked. Gary Sawyer (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:51

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

20:51

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:04 Booking

Booking James Tarkowski (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

18:00

Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:55

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

17:16

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

13:56

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

13:15

Attempt saved. Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:58

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

12:42

Attempt blocked. Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

11:34

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

11:34

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:26

Attempt missed. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

9:12

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Romain Vincelot.

5:51

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

5:51

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:15

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

0:28

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:28

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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