Cumbrians check 10-man Bees
Last Updated: August 31, 2013 6:54pm
Tony Craig: Saw red for a professional foul
Brentford remain unbeaten this season despite Tony Craig's dismissal after their goalless draw with struggling Carlisle.
The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock was when Bees' second-half substitute Toumani Diagouraga fired home from close range only to see the effort ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.
Referee David Phillips was the star of the show with a string of inconsistent decisions and yellow cards as the physical Cumbrians kept 11 men behind the ball.
Brentford huffed and puffed to break down a resolute defence, but their cause was not helped when centre-back Craig was sent off on the hour for a professional foul on David Amoo.
Brentford rarely threatened, but came close just before the break when Clayton Donaldson headed Sam Saunders' far post cross just wide.
Carlisle might have staged a smash-and-grab just after the interval when Lee Miller deflected Matty Robson's free-kick goalwards only to be denied by a reflex save from David Button.
Adam Forshaw's dipping drive was parried to safety by Gillespie and Donaldson's snapshot from the edge of the box was blocked as the home side pressed for the winner.
The Bees thought they had the perfect chance almost on full time when Donaldson appeared to be hauled off the ball in the box, but the referee waved away the protests.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 31st Aug
Brentford0 - 0Carlisle
Colchester1 - 2Leyton Or
Gillingham1 - 1Bristol C
Notts Co0 - 1Rotherham
Oldham0 - 1Tranmere
Peterboro0 - 2Crawley
Port Vale1 - 3Wolves
Sheff Utd0 - 1MK Dons
Shrewsbury1 - 1Coventry
Stevenage1 - 1Bradford
Swindon5 - 0Crewe
Walsall0 - 3Preston
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|3||Preston North End||19||37|
|12||Milton Keynes Dons||18||22|