Andy Scott's knack of getting a good return on his loan signings continues to look in good working order after Tuesday night's impressive dismantling of Aldershot.

Jordan Rhodes, drafted in from Ipswich to cover for a suspended Nathan Elder, looked good enough in combination with Charlie MacDonald to force the Bees boss into admitting Elder might not easily regain his place.

Rhodes was so intent on seizing a fresh chance of league football - he has also played on loan at Rochdale - that he did not even bother to consult with Ipswich team-mate Dean Bowditch about life at Brentford when his fellow striker returned to Portman Road from his own loan spell at Griffin Park.

The 18-year-old gave evidence of that with his pace which almost brought an early return in the 3-0 win over the Shots, but he remained sharp to the last and showed strength and technique to wriggle past defender Anthony Charles before drilling in smartly in the 90th minute.

Rhodes' ecstatic celebrations summed up his determination to make the most of his stay - which Scott will surely try to extend beyond an initial one month.

The new boy's sheer presence shaped a new approach going forward, with ball played to feet more often rather than launched blindly down the channels or towards the head of Elder - who is banned for two further games following his red card against Notts County.

"I'm delighted to be wearing a Brentford shirt," Rhodes told the Gazette after his home debut.

"If it works out, I'd love to stay longer than a month but I don't want to look too far to the future, because you set yourself up for disappointment.

"There was absolutely no feedback whatsoever from Dean. He came back and I didn't really see much of him to say 'how did it go?' but when Brentford called for me, I didn't even have to think about it, I got straight in the car.

"I remember playing here in pre-season and thought what a great club it is. It's a great chance for me."

Rhodes continued: "The atmosphere was unbelievable - one of the biggest and loudest atmospheres I've played in and it was a big night for me.

"I was delighted with the goal at the end. I had a few really good chances earlier in the game which I should have done better with, but to get the goal at the end was something else.

"The link-up with Charlie was good. I don't know why, but it's come quite naturally. I know his play and I know what he's going to do."

MacDonald said of Rhodes: "He's a very very clever player for someone so young. He talks to you as well, which is unusual for an 18-year-old.

"He's probably one of the best I've played with so far this season in terms of the way we link together, with little 'roundthe-corner' passes. I've not had that this year. I like that style of play - rather than just having balls to chase into the channels."

The Bees were glad to erase the memory of Saturday's lame 2-0 defeat at Macclesfield, when Rhodes made his debut.

MacDonald had an eventful night. He forced an error from Scott Davies from a left wing cross which allowed Marcus Bean to nip in for the opener and then earned two penalties, the first of which he had saved by keeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, the second of which he tucked away.

He won the first penalty after being pushed by defender Chris Blackburn chasing a clever chip from Bean - who incidentally had one of his best games of the season.

For the second four minutes later, he dispossessed the dithering Aldershot keeper on the edge of the box and played the ball back for Bean, whose goalbound shot was handled clear by Charles.

In between, MacDonald also clipped the crossbar with a leftfooter from outside the area.

"I scuffed the first one and it was a bad penalty," MacDonald said. "But as soon as the second one came up, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to take it. I'm a striker and I'll always back myself to score."

Rhodes observed: "You have to keep going after a miss and Charlie was a perfect example of that. After missing his first penalty, he had great strength of character to step right back up again and put the ball in the back of the net." Match Summary BEES (2) 3 ALDERSHOT (0) 0 Line-up: Hamer; Halls (Osborne 82), Bennett, Phillips, Dickson; Newton (Williams 85), O'Connor, Wood; Rhodes, MacDonald. Subs not used: Brown, Poole, Hunt. Attendance: 5,111 GOALS: Bean (28), MacDonald pen (44), Rhodes (90).

MoM: Charlie MacDonald 

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New Meadow Saturday 3pm League Two

Manager: Paul Simpson Position last season: 18th Form Guide: The Shrews have been very good on home soil, winning 10 of 13 games at the New Meadow following last weekend's 1-0 victory over Darlington. The highlight was a 7-0 pasting of Gillingham in September. Only Port Vale (1-2) and Wycombe (0-1) have won there and only Barnet have forced a draw. They have hit Wycombe for seven and Dagenham for five in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy,but the goals have dried up since the start of the season with only six in 12 games after the midweek 0-0 draw at Barnet.

Players to look out for: Grant Holt has hit 20 goals in all competitions so far. The former Forest striker hit five at Wycombe in October.

Most recent meetings: Brentford 1-1 Shrewsbury Tn (25 Oct 2008; Brentford 1-1 Shrewsbury Tn (9 Feb 2008); Shrewsbury Tn 0-1 Brentford (5 Jan 2008) - League Two Head-to-head record: ST Wins: 15 BEES Wins: 16 Draws: 13

Match Facts: Karleigh Osborne netted the winner when the Bees travelled to the New meadow last season. The sides exchanged goals in October, when Charlie MacDonald's 73rd minute goal was cancelled out by sub Chris Humphrey. The Bees have won on three of their past four visits.

Forecast: Looks a tough one for the Bees, but momentum from the Aldershot win should earn a draw.

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Christie Park Tuesday 7.45pm League Two

Manager: Sammy McIlroy Position last season: 11th Form Guide: The Shrimps are holding their own again in only their second season in the Football League. Their home form has been particularly stable, with four wins, five draws and just three defeats - to Rotherham, Dagenham and Gillingham.

Players to look out for: Rene Howe, on loan from Peterborough, has had a productive spell with the Shrimps. His goal in the win at Chesterfield last weekend was his 10th this season. [25a0] Most recent meetings: Brentford 3-1 Morecambe (21 Oct 2008); Morecambe 3-1 Brentford (15 Mar 2008); Brentford 0-1 Morecambe (4 Dec 2007) - League Two.

Head-to-head record: MFC Wins: 2 BEES Wins: 2 Draws: 0

Match Facts: This will be only the fifth meeting between the clubs. The Bees beat Morecambe 1-0 at home in the 2001 FA Cup - Paul Gibbs netting a late winner. Last year the Shrimps did the double in the first league meetings between the sides, but the Bees gained revenge in October when Charlie MacDonald, Glenn Poole and Nathan Elder gave them a 3-1 win after Stuart Drummond had given the visitors an early lead at Griffin park.

Forecast: The Bees will have a spring in their step if they avoid defeat on Saturday - a win looks a good bet.

Gazette forecast success rate: 19 out of 28 (68 per cent)