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Sky Bet League 1

Checkatrade.com Stadium 26th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Collins

Crawley Crawley Town vs Brentford Brentford

Crawley 1

M Connolly (S/O 2)
N Adams (65)

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Brentford 2

S Saunders (16)
C Donaldson (32)
A Forshaw (S/O 59)

Red Devils go down fighting

Last Updated: 26/02/13 10:51pm

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Clayton Donaldson: Netted Bees' second

Clayton Donaldson: Netted Bees' second

Brentford withstood a second-half fightback from Crawley to earn a 2-1 win at Broadfield Stadium, with both sides ending the game with 10 men.

First-half goals from Sam Saunders and Clayton Donaldson set up only Brentford's second win in the last seven league games before Nicky Adams pulled one back for the home side in the 65th minute.

In a dramatic start, the Red Devils had Irish defender Mark Connolly sent off after just 50 seconds for a professional foul on Donaldson.

Connolly pulled down Donaldson denying him a goalscoring opportunity inside the penalty area, but Donaldson then stepped up to blaze the subsequent penalty wide of goalkeeper Paul Jones' right-hand post.

Brentford broke the deadlock after 16 minutes when midfielder Saunders rifled home from 15 yards after being set up by Donaldson.

Donaldson doubled the advantage in the 31st minute by cashing in on a defensive mix-up between Joe Walsh and Connor Essam to walk the ball into an empty net for his 20th goal of the campaign.

Crawley threatened shortly after the break when Mat Sadler's free-kick was headed over the crossbar by Donaldson before substitute Aiden O'Brien shot narrowly wide.

Brentford were reduced to 10 men after 59 minutes when Adam Forshaw collected a second yellow card for diving.

Winger Adams gave Crawley hope with a superb 30-yard strike into the top corner midway through the second half, but Brentford held on.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30