Brentford 2-0 Rochdale

Clayton Donaldson's first goal in 12 matches helped Brentford end a run of three defeats as they beat Rochdale.

Toumani Diagouraga put the Bees ahead when he followed up to convert after Donaldson's shot had hit the post.

Rochdale's Stephen Jordan shot over from close range, before Brentford's Karleigh Osborne had a header cleared off the line by Temitope Obadeyi.

But Donaldson sealed the victory when he headed in from six yards following a Sam Saunders cross from the left wing.

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Brentford manager Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

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Rosler 'relieved' with Bees win

"I think we're all a little bit relieved after three defeats.

"After Clinton arrived on Friday I think the whole spirit went a little bit up.

"It was a very good team effort today, a hard-working performance and a deserved three points. I'm very happy.

"After the first goal we got better, we pressed them and we kept them away."

Rochdale manager John Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Rochdale 'toothless' - Coleman

"They've won the game without getting out of bed which is disappointing for a team who are fighting for their life.

"We were poor today, there's no disguising the fact we were and I feel for the fans that have travelled.

"You over to applaud them at the end of the game and they don't want to look at you and you can understand why

"We never really hurt them and we were toothless to be honest today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 01 Lee
  • 14 Logan
  • 22 Osborne
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 25 Dean
  • 04 Bean (Legge - 59' )
  • 07 Saunders
  • 08 Douglas
  • 12 Forshaw (Diagouraga - 24' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 10 Berahino (Morrison - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Moore
  • 32 Legge
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 17 Morrison
  • 19 Forrester

Rochdale

  • 23 Lucas
  • 04 Holness (Widdowson - 73' )
  • 05 Amankwaah
  • 12 Long
  • 22 Jordan Booked
  • 06 Barry-Murphy (McConville - 46' )
  • 07 Kennedy (Obadeyi - 66' )
  • 08 Jones
  • 16 Tutte
  • 09 Symes
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 21 Edwards
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 11 Adams
  • 27 McConville
  • 19 Obadeyi
Ref: Malone
Att: 4,919

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

7 0

Corners

10 3

Fouls

6 11

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90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson by Andrew Tutte. Free kick taken by Harlee Dean.

90:00 +1:31

Sam Saunders decides to take a short corner.

89:54

Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones to the near post, Clinton Morrison makes a clearance.

89:16

Andrew Tutte takes a short corner.

87:33

Effort on goal by Andrew Tutte from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

86:05

Clayton Donaldson is ruled offside. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

84:34

Assist by Sam Saunders.

84:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Clayton Donaldson - Brentford 2 - 0 Rochdale Clayton Donaldson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Brentford 2-0 Rochdale.

84:07

Sam Saunders takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Amankwaah makes a clearance.

83:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson by Kevin Long. Free kick taken by Sam Saunders.

82:50

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro challenges Leon Legge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Lee.

81:04 Substitution

Substitution Clinton Morrison comes on in place of Saido Berahino.

79:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Amankwaah on Clayton Donaldson. Jake Bidwell takes the free kick.

78:19

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Saunders from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Joe Widdowson comes on in place of Marcus Holness.

69:05

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders from the left by-line to the near post, Marcus Holness makes a clearance.

68:22

Outswinging corner taken by Sam Saunders, Karleigh Osborne takes a shot. Marcus Holness gets a block in.

68:01

Sam Saunders takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Marcus Holness manages to make a clearance.

67:43

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. David Lucas makes a save.

67:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Jordan on Shaleum Logan. Karleigh Osborne takes the direct free kick.

65:32 Substitution

Substitution Temitope Obadeyi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jason Kennedy.

64:09

Sam Saunders fouled by Jason Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sam Saunders, save by David Lucas.

62:57

Corner taken by Sam Saunders played to the near post, Sean McConville manages to make a clearance.

62:09

Jason Kennedy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Douglas. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sam Saunders.

61:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Saido Berahino. Kevin Amankwaah restarts play with the free kick.

61:01

Sean McConville is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Richard Lee.

60:29

Inswinging corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Clayton Donaldson.

58:57 Substitution

Substitution Leon Legge replaces Marcus Bean.

57:31

Shot by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

55:12

Sam Saunders takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

54:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Saido Berahino by Marcus Holness. Sam Saunders takes the free kick.

53:39

Sean McConville produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

51:16

Effort from outside the area by Andrew Tutte goes wide right of the goal.

50:41

The referee blows for offside against Saido Berahino. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

49:48

The referee blows for offside against Clayton Donaldson. Direct free kick taken by David Lucas.

47:20

Sam Saunders handles the ball and concedes a free kick. David Lucas takes the free kick.

46:08

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Jordan makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Sean McConville is brought on as a substitute for Brian Barry-Murphy.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:47

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David Lucas.

40:51

Kevin Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaleum Logan. Sam Saunders takes the free kick. Harlee Dean produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

35:28

Marcus Bean takes a shot. Save by David Lucas. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Tutte by Toumani Diagouraga. Free kick taken by Stephen Jordan.

33:01

Unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Shaleum Logan results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jason Kennedy from left channel.

32:25 Booking

Booking Booking for Stephen Jordan for dissent.

31:27

Assist by Clayton Donaldson.

31:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Toumani Diagouraga - Brentford 1 - 0 Rochdale Toumani Diagouraga gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brentford 1-0 Rochdale.

28:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Saido Berahino on Kevin Long. Free kick taken by David Lucas.

26:52

The referee penalises Shaleum Logan for handball. Free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

25:08

Strike by Saido Berahino from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

23:08 Substitution

Substitution Toumani Diagouraga joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Forshaw.

17:52

Sam Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Barry-Murphy. Direct free kick taken by David Lucas.

16:07

Marcus Bean fouled by Stephen Jordan, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Bidwell crosses the ball in from the free kick, Stephen Jordan manages to make a clearance.

14:30

Long distance shot from Gary Jones misses to the left of the target.

12:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Bean on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Brian Barry-Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

10:40

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Saunders to the near post, Marcus Holness makes a clearance.

8:54

Adam Forshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Barry-Murphy. Free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

6:52

Sam Saunders takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

2:03

Sam Saunders takes a shot. Blocked by David Lucas.

1:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karleigh Osborne by Kevin Long. Sam Saunders takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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