Huddersfield 0-0 Bees

Last updated : 29 April 2002 By

The Bees must be confident of progressing to Cardiff after a decent performance. They so could have easily rolled over after last Saturdays disappointment, but they showed true grit and went onto dominate the early stages of the match.

Steven Hunt fired wide early on, BBB had a fantastic dipping shot just over and Paul Evans forced an excellent save out of Martyn Margetson's who tipped the ball round the post.

However, the home side managed to force there way back into the match and the Bees were on the back foot pretty much for the remaining minutes of the half. First Andy Booth, the scorer of the all important goal back in the last play off semi finals in 1995, saw a header struck the top of the bar before Ivar Ingimarrson headed the danger away.

Paul Smith had to be alert soon after, and he produced an excellent save after Andy Booth caused more problems in the air. The ball fell to the feet of a Huddersfield player whose shot was palmed wide of the goal.

Booth finally had the ball in the back of the net in the 33rd minute, but this was after catching it and then firing home. How he could appeal the decision, is beyond me!

Brentford dominated the second half and buoyed on by Lloyd Owusu's hard running the volume of the 2500 Bees fans increased. Owusu chased down everything and was excellent. Rowlands, Dobson, Ivar, Smith also put in some excellent performances.

Unfortunately Big Ben wasn't at his best, but I have full confidence he will find the back of the net on Wednesday night. He should have scored when the ball fell to him after an excellent cross by Dobson.

Huddersfield had the ball in the back of the net early in the second half, but Booths header was disallowed for offside. The best chance fell to the Bees though. Owusu held the ball up excellently, layed the ball off to Steven Sidwell who came storming through on goal. Owusu's legs were taken at this stage and I cried for a penalty, but to no avail. Sidwell however was clean through and smashed an effort at goal. Unfortunately it was pretty straight at the keeper.

As the away goal rule does NOT count, the Bees must be extremely confident of progressing now.

Up the Bees!