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Posted Sat 29 Oct 11 at 18:12 PM

Bees 2 Spireites 1

Having brought an end to a run of five defeats with a good, footballing draw at Rochdale in midweek, Chesterfield went into their match at Brentford unchanged. On the bench, Dwayne Mattis replaced Mark Allott.

Grella had a chance in the first minute but poor finishing let him down. Fleming and Grella collided in the second minute as the Brentford man chased a long ball. The Bees won a corner on 4 which Saunders took, and Bennett at the back could only direct the ball wide.

Brentford made claims for a penalty after Downes tackled Donaldson in the box, but the referee judged that the former Chesterfield target had gone down rather too easily.

Chesterfield settled and Talbot attempted a pass to Clarke on 9 that would have left the forward with a great chance, had it got through. Grella fired a Bennett cross over the bar on 11. A Saunders corner on 15 flew across the goalmouth and wide of the far post, and Fleming came to claim another Saunders cross on 17.

A Talbot foul on 23 gave Brentford a free kick close to the edge of the Spireites' penalty box. Saunders opened the scoring directly from the free kick, giving the keeper no chance with a curling effort into the top corner.

Within two minutes, Chesterfield levelled, when LEON CLARKE pounced on a loose ball to crash the thing into the Brentford net. Any confidence that the Bees might have taken from their opener was nullified, and if any team took confidence from the exchange of goals, it seemed to be Chesterfield. Nice build-up play from the visitors led to a corner on 29 that Whitaker took; Holden met it with his head and powered it downwards, but saw his effort cleared off the line for another corner, which came to nothing.

Mendy created a great chance on 40, but Smith couldn't find the target and Westcarr, following in, didn't quite get to the ball before it went out. Donaldson shot wide from 25 yards on 44 after Downes over-committed himself. At the other end a Mendy mis-cue from the same sort of distance flew wide.

Halftime: 1-1. Attendance: 4566 (353 from Chesterfield)

Brentford started the second half like they did the first, and won a corner in the opening minute, but they could only swing the thing over and out. Chesterfield responded and Whitaker dragged a shot wide of the left-hand post from 25 yards. Lee, the Brentford keeper, needed lengthy treatment after a collision with Clarke on 48 and looked dazed, still, as he took a kick to resume play.

Donaldson went down looking for a penalty on 54 but a corner was all he got. Saunders set up Grella for a half-chance that was put a yard or two wide of Fleming's goal. Saunders took another corner that Donaldson went for, and Talbot hooked the ball away from his own goal line.

Grounds defended well to concede a corner on the hour. Saunders whipped it in and Douglas looked to help it goalwards; Saunders came in on a slip from Grounds but Fleming was able to collect. Douglas saw a shot well saved but put the rebound wide on 62.

Craig Clay was brought on for Danny Whitaker after 64 minutes. Brentford were pressing harder and Downes had to use strength and judgement to rob McGinn on 68. McGinn put his side's best chance of the half so far into the side netting on 72. Brentford replaced Grella with Alexander moments after.

Leon Clarke's patience was being tested with a string of borderline decisions for fouls going against him. Smith burst through the middle and shot from the edge of the box but put the ball over, on 75. Smith got in behind Logan on 76 to get on to the end of Westcarr's set-up, but his header went narrowly wide.

Fleming saved from McGinn at the expense of a corner, on 77. Talbot got the final touch to the flag kick to concede another. Westcarr cleared this for a throw. Smith got the byeline after Mendy's hard work and won a Spireite corner, on 78. In a positive move, Bowery came off the bench to replace Johnson before the kick was taken. Clarke volleyed over after Westcarr's cross was too high for Bowery.

At the other end Grounds and Downes joined up to concede a corner and deny Logan. Saunders swung the ball over and the poorly-marked Bennett got his head to the ball to head home and restore Brentford's lead, on 82.

Brentford brought Weston on for McGinn. Donaldson should have made it three but capped a fine run with a wasteful finish on 86. Saunders was replaced by Eger. Holden cut out Logan's ball into the box. From the corner, Donaldson tried an overhead kick, to no effect. Brentford took an injury-time corner short before crossing; it fell to Alexander, who fired it wide.

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