Crawley Town 0-1 Brentford

Brentford moved up to fifth in League One with a hard-fought victory at Crawley Town.

The Bees took an early lead when Adam Forshaw's penalty sent goalkeeper Paul Jones the wrong way after Kadeem Harris was tripped by Kyle McFadzean.

Crawley pressed hard after the break as Andy Drury missed a couple of good chances and Mike Jones's long-range strike fizzed just wide.

But Brentford stood firm to complete their fourth successive win.

Crawley, meanwhile, have now lost three in a row and sit 13th in the table.

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Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

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Richie Barker: Crawley boss after Brentford defeat

"Did we deserve to win the game? Probably not, but I thought we did enough to deserve something out of the game.

"Without a piece of poor defending we probably would have come away with a nil-nil, which would not have been ideal.

"I have to say one or two people need to have a look at their mindset, in terms of what we are trying to do. They are a fantastic bunch of players who work extremely hard.

"I said before all my players have flaws. That's why they play for Crawley.

"If they didn't have a flaw they're all good players and then they would go and play for somebody else."

Brentford assistant Alan Kernaghan told BBC London 94.9:

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Post-match: Brentford assistant Kernaghan

"I wouldn't say it was enjoyable but I think we looked solid.

"I thought we were defensively very good today, cut them down to maybe one or two chances in the second half.

"Maybe at times we could have exploited them a bit more on the counter attack.

"I think for us to keep a steady and settled team has been right and has justified better results."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1512212438
2Wolves1411211935
3Peterborough1510231332
4Preston15762727
5Brentford15834327
6Bradford156541023
7Swindon15726923
8MK Dons15645422
9Walsall15645222
10Rotherham15564-121
11Coventry159331220
12Port Vale15627-320
13Crawley14545-219
14Colchester15384-517
15Shrewsbury15375-116
16Oldham15438-415
17Gillingham15438-615
18Carlisle14437-1215
19Stevenage15429-814
20Tranmere15348-1413
21Crewe15348-1913
22Sheff Utd15339-1012
23Bristol City14176-610
24Notts County153111-1210
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