Brentford beat promotion rivals Orient

Leyton Orient 0 Brentford 1

Marcello Trotta’s goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to secure a superb away victory for Brentford, who held on after James Tarkowski was sent off early in the second half.

Trotta’s strike from 20 yards meant the Bees moved above their opponents into second place – a huge boost in their quest for automatic promotion.

And they battled brilliantly after defender Tarkowski was shown a second yellow card on 49 minutes.

Leyton Orient, who have led the League One table for much of the season, were on top for large periods of the first half.

Striker David Mooney chipped over from the edge of the area and Dean Cox sent a shot wide from 25 yards as the east London side looked for the opener.

They went behind against the run of play but continued to press after being given a lift by Tarkowski’s dismissal following a challenge on Romain Vincelot.

But Moses Odubajo missed a great chance to equalise from close range, while Shaun Batt’s header was cleared off the line by Alan McCormack.

Brentford remained a threat at the other end and almost double their lead when on-loan winger Blackburn Alan Judge hit the post late on.

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