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Brentford 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski scored his first goal for the club to help promotion-chasing Brentford overcome relegation-threatened Tranmere Rovers.

Rovers keeper Owain Fon Williams denied Will Grigg early, with Alan Judge's follow up then cleared off the line.

In response, Stephen Arthurworrey and Ryan Lowe hit the bar for the visitors.

Tarkowski headed against the post before nodding the Bees ahead after the break with Clayton Donaldson also hitting the post before making it 2-0.

Former Crewe, Hibernian and York striker Donaldson met a Judge cross to head home his 16th goal of the season, and was soon after denied a second by Fon Williams.

Brentford remain third in the table, just one point behind second-placed Leyton Orient - who they face on Saturday.

Rovers drop back into the relegation places, behind Stevenage on goal difference.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton told BBC London 94.9:

"I thought for the first 35 minutes we came out of the blocks quickly and could have put the game to bed.

"They hit the bar twice and we gave them chances.

"In the second half we had good energy, desire and tempo and we moved the ball well and wore them down. Once we got the first goal we looked very dangerous.

"For us our focus is now totally on Leyton Orient. We want to go there and show what we can do."

Tranmere Rovers assistant manager John McMahon tells BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I thought we competed and we got in their faces.

"But I thought they were the better side, they have the better players.

"You come to a place like this, you expect them to have more of the ball - but we were disappointed in the end."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackBooked at 39mins
  • 24Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 26TarkowskiBooked at 79mins
  • 5Craig
  • 17SavilleSubstituted forForshawat 65'minutes
  • 22Reeves
  • 11GriggSubstituted forTrottaat 65'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forAdamsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 4Forshaw
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Trotta
  • 32Adams

Tranmere

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 14CassidyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forStocktonat 88'minutes
  • 18Jennings
  • 4Taylor
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 8WallaceBooked at 25mins
  • 22Koumas
  • 20BrownSubstituted forRobinsonat 72'minutes
  • 9Lowe
  • 23Ridehalgh

Substitutes

  • 5Goodison
  • 10Robinson
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 24Morris
  • 33Mooney
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
5,646

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

  5. Post update

    Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Jake Cassidy.

  13. Post update

    Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Charlie Adams replaces Alan Judge.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Wallace.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34237464214376
2Leyton Orient36228670333774
3Brentford34227558312773
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham351811666432365
6Peterborough35174145648855
7MK Dons36157145348552
8Walsall361212124039148
9Swindon36138155351247
10Port Vale35144174655-946
11Bradford351014114743444
12Sheff Utd33128133638-244
13Gillingham36135184859-1144
14Coventry35149126463141
15Bristol City36914135459-541
16Crawley3191393539-440
17Colchester34912133944-539
18Oldham36108184053-1338
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Stevenage35106193755-1836
21Tranmere3599174162-2136
22Crewe3699184168-2736
23Shrewsbury35712163447-1333
24Notts County3694234364-2131
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