Notts County 1 Brentford 2

Brentford continued their impressive charge up League One, moving joint top with a 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

Clayton Donaldson got the all important winner in the closing stages, just as the game looked to be heading towards a draw.

County were gifted a chance within the opening minute when Shaleum Logan miss-kicked and allowed Andre Boucaud a chance, but Simon Moore made a good block.

Moore made another good save when he turned a Neil Bishop effort behind for a corner.

After the Bees hastily cleared from their penalty box Clayton Donaldson broke down the right and his shot from just inside the box was deflected for a corner.

The Magpies took the lead when Jamal Campbell-Ryce's cross from the right was turned into his own net by Tony Craig.

Donaldson had a chance to equalise shortly after when he was played through on the edge of the box, but his low shot was blocked by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Brentford drew level after Marcel Trotta broke through the middle and his intelligent pass found Adam Forshaw on the right, whose composed finish saw him slip the ball past Bialkowski into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box.

Jonathan Douglas had the Bees' first chance of the second half when his fiercely struck free kick from nearly 30 yards was tipped over by Bialkowski.

County came close when Francois Zoko headed goal-wards from six yards out, but Moore got down to make a comfortable save.

Harry Forrester nearly gave the Bees the lead when he took a corner on the left and after exchanging passes with Forshaw fired just wide of the left hand post.

Alan Sheehan then saw his fierce shot tipped over for a corner.

Some neat foot work from Forrester saw him dribble into County's box and his shot deflected into the side netting.

Brentford grabbed a dramatic winner with just two minutes later when a short corner from the right was partially cleared, allowing Forshaw to put the ball back into the box, and as the defence struggled to clear, Donaldson nodded home from close range.


Brentford: Moore, Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw, Forrester, Douglas, Kiernan (sub Adeyemi h/t); Trotta (sub Hayes 90), Donaldson

Subs (not used): Lee, Saunders, Hodson, Reeves, Legge

Attendance: 5307 (595 Bees)

Man of the Match: Jonathan Douglas

Goals: Forshaw 37, Donaldson 88

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