Bournemouth 1 Brentford 0

Last updated : 29 November 2003 By Footymad Previewer

Bournemouth midfielder Wayne Elliott gave manager Sean O'Driscoll food for thought as he scored the only goal of the game as the Cherries recorded their first win in five league games.

Elliott, who started the game on the bench after being dropped following last week's defeat at Stockport, scored his fourth goal of the season and then admitted afterwards it is down to him to get back into the side on a regular basis.

Elliott said: "We have a good squad down here at the moment and sometimes when we play away from home I don't fit in the system that we play.

"It's down to me to prove that I am worth a place week in week out and it won't harm my cause if I keep scoring. I was pleased to score the only goal today, but I am more pleased for the team to get the three points." Bournemouth had 12 attempts at goal throughout the game and could have been 2-0 up within the first ten minutes.

Marcus Browning saw his header go inches wide on six minutes and, seconds later, striker Steve Fletcher saw his header go wide of the same post from an Elliott right-wing cross.

And, it was almost third time lucky on 18 minutes, as Carl Fletcher met a Brian Stock corner only to see his header go agonisingly wide too.

The visiting side rarely threatened, but were unlucky on 36 minutes when Ibrahim Sonko's powerful header was well kept out by keeper Neil Moss.

And a minute before half-time striker Ben May saw his effort saved by Moss when played through by Tony Rougier.

The second half was no different as the home side laid siege on the Brentford goal with both defender Stephen Purches and striker Warren Feeney testing the Brentford goalkeeper Paul Smith.

But the home side finally made a breakthrough on 63 minutes when Feeney's shot was saved well by Smith only for midfielder Elliott to ram home the rebound at the second attempt.

Feeney hit the bar with ten minutes to go but Bournemouth held out to earn a deserved three points.

Pleased manager O'Driscoll said: "The attitude of my players was first class today. I felt it was a well deserved win.It was nice to get a clean sheet and the players showed real determination to get the three points."