Brentford 2-0 Rochdale- Match Report
Report of match 24th March 2012
Brentford 2-0 Rochdale- Match Report.
Donaldson ends his goal famine
Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson's first goal in three months helped his side to a 2-0 win over relegation strugglers Rochdale.
The Bees forward's glancing header with five minutes to go ensured maximum points for Uwe Rosler's side and ended a spirited resistance from the visitors.
Donaldson was on hand to steer Sam Saunders' superb left-wing cross just inside the far post to end his goal drought and a three-game losing run for the Bees.
Toumani Diagouraga gave the Londoners the lead just after the half hour, stroking home Donaldson's drive which cannoned back off the post.
But Rochdale refused to roll over and almost clawed their way back into the game, their best chance coming after 60 minutes when Stephen Jordan blazed over from close range.
Brentford defender Karleigh Osborne's downward header was cleared off the goalline by Temitope Obadeyi as the hosts went in search of the killer goal and Donaldson saw a late looping header tipped over by Dale goalkeeper David Lucas, who also denied West Brom loanee Saido Berahino's drive from a tight angle.
|Competition: npower League One Date: Saturday, 24th March 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Griffin Park|
|2 - 0||Rochdale
|12||Adam Forshaw (Diagouraga 24)|
|4||Marcus Bean (Legge 59)|
|10||Saido Berahino (Morrison 82)|
|17||Clinton Morrison (Berahino 82)|
|32||Leon Legge (Bean 59)|
|20||Toumani Diagouraga (Forshaw 24)|
|4||Marcus Holness (Widdowson 73)|
|6||Brian Barry-Murphy (McConville 46)|
|7||Jason Kennedy (Obadeyi 66)|
|26||Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro|
|27||Sean McConville (Barry-Murphy 46)|
|19||Temitope Obadeyi (Kennedy 66)|
|3||Joe Widdowson (Holness 73)|
|Brentford cards shown|
|Rochdale cards shown|
|33 mins||Stephen Jordan||Dissent|