Brentford 2-1 Hartlepool

Brentford battled for a first home win in six weeks in a hard-fought contest with managerless Hartlepool.

Gary Alexander nearly broke the deadlock for the Bees before half time but his point-blank header was saved.

Pools keeper Scott Flinders was at fault when Niall McGinn's lob slipped through his hands with 10 minutes left.

Sam Collins' deflected shot equalised within minutes but soon after Toumani Diagouraga was brought down and Alexander scored from the penalty spot.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

Rosler credits 'lady luck' for win

"It was a proper hard working performance.

"Second half the team showed a big improvement. The tempo we had and pressure we put on them was good.

"Lady luck was a bit on our side today but we worked very hard for those margins."

Hartlepool caretaker boss Micky Barron tells BBC Tees:

Sweeney upset by penalty award - Barron

"Tony [Sweeney] is upset, he's adamant it wasn't a foul, he says he got the ball.

"The players are saying there were that many people around, it was difficult to tell, I couldn't tell you which player had gone over.

"When you see people genuinely upset like that you can tell he has won the ball and he's really disappointed the penalty has been given."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Brentford

  • 01 Lee
  • 14 Logan
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 25 Dean
  • 32 Legge
  • 07 Saunders (Bean - 86' )
  • 08 Douglas
  • 18 McGinn
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 09 Donaldson Booked
  • 29 Alexander

Substitutes

  • 05 Eger
  • 04 Bean
  • 11 Weston
  • 10 Grella
  • 27 Oyeleke

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley Booked
  • 04 Liddle Booked (Luscombe - 87' )
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Solano - 82' )
  • 07 Brown (Boyd - 61' )
  • 08 Poole

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 16 Haslam
  • 14 Luscombe
  • 24 Solano
  • 10 Boyd
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 6,352

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

5 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

93:57 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:04

Shaleum Logan challenges Nathan Luscombe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:31

Short corner worked by Evan Horwood.

89:30

Niall McGinn takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

87:00

Corner taken by Niall McGinn played to the near post.

85:53 Booking

Booking Clayton Donaldson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Luscombe on for Gary Liddle.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Sam Saunders leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Bean.

85:31 Booking

Booking The referee shows Peter Hartley a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

84:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Alexander - Brentford 2 - 1 Hartlepool Gary Alexander finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Brentford 2-1 Hartlepool.

84:34 Penalty

Penalty taken by Gary Alexander is saved by Scott Flinders. Brentford 1-1 Hartlepool.

82:54

Antony Sweeney challenges Toumani Diagouraga unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

82:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Collins - Brentford 1 - 1 Hartlepool Sam Collins grabs a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brentford 1-1 Hartlepool.

81:16

Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

81:16 Substitution

Substitution Nolberto Solano comes on in place of Paul Murray.

79:55

The assist for the goal came from Clayton Donaldson.

79:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall McGinn - Brentford 1 - 0 Hartlepool Niall McGinn grabs a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Brentford 1-0 Hartlepool.

76:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Austin on Gary Alexander. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sam Saunders from right channel, save by Scott Flinders.

75:45

Unfair challenge on Paul Murray by Jonathan Douglas results in a free kick. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

75:10

Clayton Donaldson is caught offside. Sam Collins takes the indirect free kick.

74:37

Foul by Sam Saunders on Antony Sweeney, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

72:05

James Poole concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Douglas. Sam Saunders has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Leon Legge.

70:19

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga on Peter Hartley, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

69:14

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, Close range header by Adam Boyd goes over the bar.

68:20

Corner taken right-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, save by Richard Lee.

66:42

Evan Horwood takes the inswinging corner, Harlee Dean manages to make a clearance.

63:29

Effort from outside the penalty box by Andy Monkhouse goes wide right of the goal.

62:37

Jake Bidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Monkhouse. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Austin.

60:13 Substitution

Substitution Adam Boyd replaces James Brown.

60:13

Andy Monkhouse fouled by Jake Bidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

58:56

Effort from inside the area by Gary Alexander misses to the right of the goal.

57:46

Harlee Dean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Hartley. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

57:17

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Saunders from the left by-line, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

54:09

The referee blows for offside. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

53:22

Toumani Diagouraga takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

52:22

Shot from just outside the box by James Poole misses to the right of the target.

47:03

Effort on goal by Gary Alexander from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

46:23

Sam Saunders takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

45:43

Paul Murray challenges Gary Alexander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Saunders takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:37 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:59

Sam Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on James Brown. James Poole takes the free kick.

41:27

Unfair challenge on Evan Horwood by Niall McGinn results in a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

40:32

Neil Austin challenges Sam Saunders unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Lee restarts play with the free kick.

38:31

Unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Evan Horwood results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Lee.

37:42

The offside flag is raised against Andy Monkhouse. Richard Lee takes the indirect free kick.

36:29

Jonathan Douglas concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Hartley. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

36:09

James Poole takes a shot. Shaleum Logan gets a block in.

31:32

Sam Saunders decides to take a short corner.

31:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Hartley on Gary Alexander. Clayton Donaldson takes the free kick.

28:09

Gary Alexander takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

27:29

Peter Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Clayton Donaldson. Sam Saunders delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

23:58

Clayton Donaldson challenges Peter Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

21:40

The offside flag is raised against Andy Monkhouse. Richard Lee takes the free kick.

21:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Douglas on Andy Monkhouse. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Liddle.

20:13

Effort from outside the penalty box by Sam Saunders goes wide right of the goal.

15:35

James Brown takes a shot. Richard Lee makes a save.

13:01

Sam Saunders restarts play with the free kick.

13:01 Booking

Booking The referee shows Gary Liddle a yellow card.

12:42

Foul by Gary Liddle on Clayton Donaldson, free kick awarded.

12:04

Gary Alexander concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Hartley. Neil Austin takes the indirect free kick.

9:35

The referee gives a free kick against Sam Saunders for handball. James Brown restarts play with the free kick.

8:02

Toumani Diagouraga takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

6:42

The offside flag is raised against Andy Monkhouse. Leon Legge takes the free kick.

4:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Saunders by Paul Murray. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Bidwell.

3:33

Toumani Diagouraga produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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