BRENTFORD boss Andy Scott will study the footage from yesterday’s match before deciding whether or not to take action against Darren Powell.
The Bees centre-back was sent off at Bournemouth for fighting with his own team-mate, Karleigh Osborne.
The incident, which echoed infamous scraps between Stoke duo Ricardo Fuller and Andy Griffin and Newcastle bad-boys Keiran Dyer and Lee Bowyer in recent years, happened just minutes into the second-half.
With Brentford leading 1-0 through Billy Clarke’s header from a Sam Wood cross-shot, David Hunt cleared off the line following a goalline scramble after Ben Hamer dropped the ball from a corner.
But amongst the melee, Osborne seemed to take exception to some criticism from Powell and the pair had to be separated, while Bournemouth players immediately and disgracefully ran to the officials, trying to get the pair sent off.
In the end, only Powell was given his marching orders, while Osborne was booked.
Ironically, two weeks ago Scott said he had brought the experienced Powell into the side to shepherd the younger Osborne through games.
What followed was a brilliant performance by the 10-man Bees, fighting for all the right reasons to secure a first win in six games.
Mark Phillips, who had been unfortunate to lose his place to Powell, came on to fill the hole in a back four which defended like titans, Osborne going from strength to strength, while Hunt and Marcus Bean were immense in the middle.
Bean and Sam Wood, who both missed Saturday’s draw with Exeter through illness and a groin strain respectively, both covered so much ground and made some vital blocks.
Scott said: "I must admit, if we hadn’t have won I’d have been at the front of a queue of people lining up to punch Darren.
"But we did superbly to hang on, and I will look at the video from the game and speak to them both before deciding what to do.
"I’m not chickening out, but I didn’t see the incident. I had turned around to talk to someone on the bench, and when I looked back to the pitch Marcus Bean was separating Karleigh and Darren.
"Darren is distraught, but him and Karleigh are good as gold now. Both have real passion, but there’s a fine line between having the passion to win games and it spilling over.
"We want leaders on the pitch, but not people costing us games. It’s not great for the club or players, but we were immense after that."
BEES: Hamer, Osborne, Dickson, Powell, Bennett, Bean, Hunt, Wood, Clarke (Williams. M, 81 mins), Williams. S (Smith, 90 mins) , Newton (Phillips, 52 mins). Subs not used: Simon Brown, Poole. ATTENDANCE: 8,168
n Meanwhile, it was a third goal in as many games for Clarke following his strikes against Bradford and Exeter.
The on-loan Ipswich striker bagged a last-minute equaliser against Exeter on Saturday to exorcise the ghost of his earlier missed penalty and earn a 1-1 draw.
He slotted home at the far post with time running out after a superb move involving Osborne and Sam Williams ended with Hunt squaring across the area.
Clarke’s weak penalty earlier in the second-half was saved by visiting keeper Paul Jones after Matt Gill had handled in the box.
Exeter has taken the lead shortly before half-time when on-loan Charlton striker Stuart Fleetwood finished in style after Powell had unsuccessfully tried to play him offside.
But the game was marred by a bad injury to Damian Spencer, which looks like making him the fourth Bees striker in as many weeks to be ruled out for the season.
BEES: Hamer, Osborne, Dickson, Powell, Bennett, Hunt, Smith, Halls (Poole, 66 mins), Clarke, Spencer (Williams. S, 58 mins), Williams. M. Subs not used: Simon Brown, Phillips, Newton. ATTENDANCE: 8,234