September 8, 2012
El of a strike for Bees
Brentford left it late to secure a 1-0 win against Colchester in a game of wasted chances.
Farid El Alagui finally ended the stalemate with two minutes to go, powering home a close-range header from Harry Forrester's precision cross from the corner flag.
Earlier Brentford had dominated for long spells but lacked a cutting edge in the box with El Alagui, Clayton Donaldson and Norwich loanee Tom Adeyemi all missing clear-cut openings.
Colchester always looked a danger on the break, but Ian Henderson's blistering drive was blocked at point-blank range by keeper Simon Moore.
The striker also slid an effort off target and Tom Eastman nodded wide at the far post when it looked easier to score just before the break.
|Farid El Alagui (88')|
|21 Simon Moore||1 Mark Cousins|
|5 Tony Craig||20 Brian Wilson|
|14 Shaleum Logan||4 Magnus Okuonghae|
|6 Harlee Dean||18 Tom Eastman|
|24 Jake Bidwell||10 Kemal Izzet|
|8 Jonathan Douglas||15 Marcus Bean|
|20 Toumani Diagouraga||22 Anthony Wordsworth|
|7 Sam Saunders||14 Andrew Bond|
|4 Adam Forshaw||24 Ben Coker|
|9 Clayton Donaldson||16 Ian Henderson|
|10 Farid El Alagui||11 Fred Sears|
|1 Richard Lee||Carl Pentney 35|
|3 Scott Barron||Michael Rose 3|
|32 Leon Legge||Matt Heath 6|
|2 Kevin O'Connor||John White 25|
|12 Tom Adeyemi||Jordan Sanderson 32|
|23 Paul Hayes||Clinton Morrison 9|
|19 Harry Forrester||Gavin Massey 21|
|Harry Forrester for Sam Saunders (52)||Clinton Morrison for Anthony Wordsworth (90)|
|Paul Hayes for Clayton Donaldson (63)|
|Tom Adeyemi for Adam Forshaw (70)|
|Sam Saunders (37)|
|· Squads: Brentford | Colchester United|