CHARLIE MacDonald's impressive two-goal blast sparked Brentford's second victory in four days as Andy Scott's men cemented a top-half spot in League One last night.
The Bees added to Oldham's relegation woes in the rescheduled fixture at Boundary Park, despite falling 1-0 behind to a superb strike from Pawel Abbott.
However, an in-form MacDonald bettered that effort with a goal of supreme quality as he met a Lewis Grabban cross with a volley that left Oldham goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan with no chance.
Though Marcus Bean and Leon Legge both squandered great chances to put Brentford ahead before the break, the visitors made up for those missed opportunities by effectively sealing the points in a dazzling three minute spell midway through the second-half.
Pim Balkestein made it 2-1 with a fine header to notch his first Brentford goal and then MacDonald slotted home from 12 yards after a lucky ricochet bounced kindly for him from Wojciech Szczesny's long clearance.
Abbott turned in a rebound eight minutes from time though after Chris Taylor's effort had struck a post and Brentford had to see out some heavy home pressure before the end with Danny Foster making a crucial clearing header at the back post.
However, Oldham could not make the most of a series of corners and Brentford held on to reach the 50 points mark with victory.