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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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2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
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6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
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12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
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15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40