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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 15 33
2 Preston North End 13 28
3 Notts County 14 26
4 Peterborough United 15 26
5 Sheffield United 14 26
6 Oldham Athletic 15 25
7 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
8 Rochdale 14 23
9 Swindon Town 13 23
10 Chesterfield 14 19
11 Fleetwood Town 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Leyton Orient 14 15
19 Walsall 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12