Brentford go second

  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 18:28 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 1, including Brentford's victory over Leyton Orient.

Marcello Trotta celebrats scoring for Brentford
Marcello Trotta celebrats scoring for Brentford

Marcello Trotta's first-half goal gave Brentford a 1-0 victory at Brisbane Road as they leapfrogged hosts Leyton Orient in the race for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League 1.

Position Player Score
1 Wolves 77
2 Brentford 76
3 Leyton Or 74
4 Preston 68
5 Rotherham 66
6 Peterboro 58
7 MK Dons 52
8 Walsall 49
9 Swindon 48
10 Sheff Utd 47
11 Port Vale 46
12 Bradford 45
13 Gillingham 45
14 Crawley 43
15 Bristol C 42
16 Coventry 31
17 Colchester 39
18 Oldham 39
19 Tranmere 39
20 Carlisle 38
21 Stevenage 37
22 Crewe 37
23 Shrewsbury 34
24 Notts Co 31

The visitors were reduced to 10 men for the last 40 minutes after James Tarkowski was sent off for a second bookable offence but the Bees produced a resilient rearguard action to emerge deserved winners.

Leaders Wolves are only one point ahead of Brentford after their nine-game winning streak ground to a halt at home to Shrewsbury.

The relegation-threatened Shrewsbury even had chances to pull off a shock win at Molineux with Miles Storey being denied by a smart save from Carl Ikeme while Conor Goldson headed just wide to leave the game goalless.

Fifth-placed Rotherham played out a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Walsall - Nicky Adams and Milan Lalkovic exchanging goals as the Saddlers lost Ben Purkiss to a red card midway through the first half.

Peterborough pulled six points clear of play-off chasing MK Dons with a 2-0 victory in Milton Keynes.

Manager Darren Ferguson had read the Posh the riot act following their home defeat to Bristol City and will have been pleased with their response as Britt Assombalonga scored twice in two minutes to clinch the away win.

In the battle to avoid the drop, Tranmere moved two points clear of the bottom four by edging basement boys Notts County 3-2 at Prenton Park.

Ronan Murray's opener was quickly cancelled out by Jason Koumas and Ryan Lowe fired Tranmere ahead before the half-hour mark. Alan Sheehan equalised after the break, but Steve Jennings found a winner six minutes from time.

Harry Davis scored at the death to rescue struggling Crewe a point from a 1-1 home draw with Oldham - Gary Hawkins was on target for the Latics - and Stevenage slipped to 21st after their goalless draw at Carlisle.

Team Score Team
Carlisle 0 - 0 Stevenage
Tranmere 3 - 2 Notts Co
Wolves 0 - 0 Shrewsbury
MK Dons 0 - 2 Peterboro
Bradford 1 - 1 Gillingham
Rotherham 1 - 1 Walsall
Crawley 1 - 0 Colchester
Bristol C 0 - 0 Swindon
Crewe 1 - 1 Oldham
Leyton Or 0 - 1 Brentford
Sheff Utd 1 - 0 Carlisle

A solitary strike from Mike Jones gave Crawley a 1-0 victory over Colchester at a newly dried-out Broadfield Stadium while mid-table rivals Bradford and Gillingham drew 1-1 in West Yorkshire.

Aaron McLean boosted the Bantams into an early lead but Cody McDonald ensured the spoils were shared.

Elsewhere, Bristol City failed to capitalise after Swindon lost League One player of the year nominee Alex Pritchard to a red card after the break, with neither side able to push on and break the deadlock at Ashton Gate.


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