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Griffin Park (ATT 7,718) 8th April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Brentford Brentford vs Crawley Town Crawley

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J Douglas (58)

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Bees edge closer to promotion

Last Updated: 08/04/14 10:57pm

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Jonathan Douglas: Headed home the winner

Jonathan Douglas: Headed home the winner

Brentford tightened their grip on an automatic-promotion spot with a hard fought 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Crawley.

Jonathan Douglas headed the only goal of the game just before the hour, glancing Alan Judge's left-wing cross past the despairing hand of goalkeeper Paul Jones.

And with Rotherham losing at Sheffield United, the Londoners stretched their points advantage to nine over the Millers.

It was one-way traffic as the Bees laid siege to the visitors' goal against a resolute and well disciplined Crawley defence.

Clayton Donaldson could have put the hosts ahead inside three minutes, flashing a low drive across goal.

Judge volleyed inches wide and Alan McCormack stung the keeper's hands with a fizzing low drive as Brentford piled forward trying to break the deadlock.

After Douglas opened the scoring, Stuart Dallas almost made it two with a blistering drive brilliantly saved by the legs of keeper Jones.

Dallas might have eased the Griffin Park crowd's nerves in the dying minutes, which also saw Paul Connolly clash with a home supporter, but his low sidefooted drive from a Jake Bidwell cross was blocked on the line.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12