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BRENTFORD: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

10 December 2016

Nigel Clough reverted to the same formation as he did last time on the road against Preston but Jamie Ward replaced Tom Naylor from that starting XI.

GOAL: The home side started the game brightly and forced Burton into some early defensive errors and the Bees finally broke through after 11 minutes when Sawyers played a ball through the middle which split the Albion defence and Hogan was there to sweep it past McLaughlin (1-0).

GOAL: The Brewers grew into the game and found themselves level before the hour mark when Lucas Akins beat the left-back before pulling the ball to the edge of the box where Jamie Ward was waiting to fire home and level the scores (1-1).

Scott Hogan showed just why he was up there with the top goal scorers this season as he got in behind the Albion defence and beat Ben Turner for pace but his chipped shot over Jon McLaughlin seemed to be going in, but the post came to Burton's rescue.

Half time: Brentford 1-1 Burton Albion

Both teams emerged unchanged after the break.

GOAL: Despite havong the better chances in the second half it was Burton that fell behind under ten minutes into the second stage as Scott Hogan got in behind the Albion defence, rounded Jon McLaughlin and tapped into an empty net (2-1).

Brentford continued to apply pressure after their second goal, so Nigel Clough made an attacking change with Will Miller coming on for Jamie Ward just after the hour mark.

Will Miller looked a lively soul after his introduction to the game as he picked up the ball from distance and drove at the Brentford defence before unleashing a shot which was well held by Daniel Bentley in the home goal.

The damage could have been worse for the Brewers if it wasn't for John Brayford clearing a header off the line deep into the five minutes of stoppage time.

FT: Brentford 2-1 Burton Albion

Attendance: 9,035

Ash's man of the match: John Mousinho

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