Brentford 2 Sheffield United 0
Opening up: Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson scores his side's opening goal at Grffin Park on Saturday
First half goals from Clayton Donaldson and Harry Forrester set Brentford on their way to an impressive 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Griffin Park on Saturday.
It was an impressive performance from a young Bees side against one of the favourites for promotion.
Donaldson gave his side the best possible start when a great through ball from debutant Rob Kiernan set up Toumani Diagouraga wide on the left and his first time cross to the near post was steered home by the inform striker.
The Blades were soon challenging and Simon Moore made a superb save to tip a close-range effort from Shaun Miller over the bar.
On loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta then escaped down the left and his inviting cross across the face of goal went untouched.
Moore was alert again when Tony McMahon’s free kick was met by the head of Chris Porter and the Bees' keeper reacted quickest to snuff out the danger.
Forrester brought a good save out of George Long when he picked up the ball and ran across the edge of the box before firing in a shot that was saved by the Blades keeper.
Jake Bidwell then broke down the left and his cross was met by the head of Trotta, but saved by Long.
Forrester doubled his side's lead with a superb goal after half an hour when he picked the ball up and skipped past several defenders before striking a great shot from 25 yards past Long.
Brentford failed to hit the same heights during the second half, but showed a steely resolve as the repelled the Blades during the early stages after the break.
Moore made another good save after a mazy run through the Bees defence from Nick Blackman saw him fire in a low shot which the keeper got down to hold.
Substitute Paul Hayes had a snapshot from the edge of the box, which was well held by Long.
In the closing stages a great through-ball setup Miller inside the box, but a great covering tackle by Bidwell snuffed out the danger.
Brentford: Moore, Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw, Kiernan (sub Hayes 66), Diagouraga, Forrester (sub Saunders 59); Trotta (sub Hodson 81), Donaldson
Subs (not used): Lee, Barron, Dallas, Oyeleke
Man of the Match: Simon Moore
Goals: Donaldson 3, Forrester 29