Leyton Orient 1
A brilliant London derby at Griffin Park this afternoon was overshadowed by an injury to Brentford keeper Richard Lee.
The Bees took a sixth-minute lead through a stunning strike from Marcus Bean, only in the side due to a reshuffle following Craig Woodman's injury, from the edge of the area, which gave Orient keeper Jamie Jones no chance.
It should have been 2-0 on 15 minutes when Gary Alexander, playing against one of his former clubs, hassled Adam Barrett into giving away possession on the edge of the area, but from the loose ball, both Lewis Grabban and Myles Weston had shots blocked.
A sublime flick from Alexander then put in Grabban, but his shot was again deflected wide, but Alexander was not be denied a goal against his former employers, netting from inside the six yard box following as brilliant run and cross by Weston on 26 minutes.
Leon Legge could have put the game out of sight minutes later, but his bullet header from a corner was just wide, while Grabban could have done likewise four minutes before the break after beating the offside trap, but failing to beat Jones.
However, Orient could have pulled one back two minutes when Dean Cox was allowed to sneak through, but was denied by a superb save by Richard Lee, who injured himself in the process – and had to be replaced by Simon Moore.
However, just minutes into the second half, Orient pulled one back when terrible defending from a corner allowed veteran striker Scott McGleish to swivel in the area and score.
And it should have been all level soon after when Dean Cox's ball into the box was left by everyone, almost allowing Jimmy Smith to sneak in and score at the back post.
Next, it was Cox's turn to test Moore, but Brentford had their first chance of the half on 64 minutes when Adam Reed played a sublime one-two with Alexander but saw his shot saved by Jones at point-blank range.
Then, on 72 minutes, Jeffrey Schlupp, in only his second game, nearly made the most dramatic substitute appearance ever. Just seconds after coming on, he muscled his way on to the end on an Alexander flick, but somehow managed to hit the bar with the goal at his mercy.
Down at the other end, Moore eased the agony of losing Lee by making a superb flying fingertip save to push a goal-bound Barrett header around the post.
With 11 minutes left, there was a welcome return, as a sub for Weston, for Sam Wood, who has been sidelined for months with a broken arm.
There was some late pressure from the visitors, but Brentford held on.
BEES: Lee (Moore), Neilson, Osborne, Legge, Woodman, Weston (Wood), Diagouaraga, Bean, Reed, Alexander, Grabban (Schlupp). Subs not used: Spillane, Bignall, Wright, Byrne.