Brentford 2 - 0 Scunthorpe - The fanzone view

Last updated : 07 August 2005 By Smallsy

75 days ago every single Brentford fan was feeling the pain of another play-off exit. Today saw the start of another season. Brentford faced newly promoted Scunthorpe at Griffin Park in front of 5,952 fans. Brentford gave fitness tests to Stuart Nelson, Sam Sodje and Paul Brooker. All of them passed which was great.

Isaiah Rankin had a shot well saved after 30 seconds. Then came an awful amount of fouls for very little I could see from my viewpoint. Although some were not given which many Brentford fans felt could have been a free-kick and a yellow card.

Richard Hinds made Nelson produce a wonderful save to deny Scunthorpe the lead. The game from then on was very stop-start with fouls being given often. Over the course of the game 41 fouls were given. This means that once every 2 minutes or so the game was stopped.

Andy Crosby was then booked by Mr. Olivier for deliberate hand ball. From the resulting free-kick Andy Frampton hit the wall.

In a bizarre incident one of the officials was injured and the game stopped. This incident left several fans looking bemused. What was even stranger was when there was very little stoppage time at all including that incident.

At half time Brentford made a substitution bringing on Club Captain Michael Dobson for Kevin O’Connor.

48 seconds into the start of the second half Olafur Ingi Skulason was booked for a foul which looked harsh.

Cleveland Taylor then had a shot from 18 yards over the bar. Steve Torpey then was one on one with Nelson but Nelson stopped him from 6 yards.

Cliff Byrne was then booked for unsporting behaviour in the 60th minute. Isaiah Rankin then missed a glorious opportunity to open his account for the season.

Martin Allen then made the move of the match by unleashing Dudley Junior (DJ) Campbell onto the field in place of Isaiah Rankin. This move brought new life into Brentford and DJ was harshly judged to have fouled Marcus Williams when it looked as if Williams had held him back.

Then Brentford scored their first goal of the season in the 71st minute through, the player that scored the winner against Hull, Jay Tabb. DJ Campbell capitalised on a mistake in the defence and pulled the ball back to Tabb who made no mistake with his right foot into the bottom left hand corner of the Brook Road goal.

Lloyd Owusu nearly had a return goal when his header was saved from the edge of the area but it was straight at Musselwhite. He then had a golden opportunity 3 minutes later but he mishit his shot from 6 yards out.

Then Brentford got their second goal through DJ Campbell. Ian Baraclough was booked for fouling DJ down the Brentford right wing. Paul Brooker crossed the ball in which was cleared for a corner by Steve Torpey. From the corner Musselwhite punched the ball clear but Ian Baraclough was adjudged to have fouled Lloyd Owusu so a penalty was given. There were chants of ‘Off Off Off’ as he was already on a yellow card. DJ Campbell stepped up and placed the penalty into the bottom left hand corner sending Musselwhite the wrong way.

Then there was a dual substitution with Lloyd Owusu being brought off and Steve Torpey being replaced by Scott Fitzgerald and Andrew Keogh.

Scunthorpe looked to get one back but the Brentford defence held firm. Brentford took a 2-0 win to go joint second on Goals Scored.

Brentford: Nelson, O'Connor (Dobson 45), Sodje, Turner, Frampton, Hutchinson, Skulason, Brooker, Tabb, Owusu (Fitzgerald 82), Rankin (Campbell 65).
Subs Not Used: Bankole, Gayle.

Booked: Skulason.

Goals: Tabb 71, Campbell 81 pen.

Scunthorpe: Musselwhite, Byrne, Crosby, Butler, Williams, Taylor, Hinds, Baraclough, Sparrow, Torpey (Keogh 82), Parton. Subs Not Used: Stanton, Capp, Corden, Horwood.
Booked: Crosby, Byrne, Baraclough.

Att: 5,952

Ref: R Oliver (W Midlands).

Brentford 46% - 54% Scunthorpe


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