Brentford 2 Port Vale 0
Marcello Trotta’s sublime first-half goal helped leaders Brentford to an eighth straight league win.
The on-loan Italian striker produced a finish reminiscent of his Fulham team-mate Dimitar Berbatov – turning brilliantly on the edge of the box before smashing the ball home.
Substitute Will Grigg added the second late on when he controlled Jake Bidwell’s cross and fired in.
The Bees also had a goal disallowed in the second half when Clayton Donaldson headed in but was adjudged to have fouled the keeper
The win, Brentford’s 1000th at Griffin Park, extended their unbeaten run to 14 league games and maintained new manager Mark Warburton’s 100% record in League One.
New loan signing from Blackburn, Alan Judge, made his debut while Shaleum Logan and Kevin O’Connor earned rare starts.
And Port Vale could have pinched the lead while the Bees adjusted to their changes, with Gavin Tomlin going closest.
But Brentford’s opener was pure class.
Alan McCormack, filling in for Douglas in midfield, worked the ball neatly in to Trotta who controlled, turned and had beaten Chris Neal before the keeper could react.
Trotta enjoyed another confident game and his explosive nature almost grabbed him a second goal when he turned and fired at Neal again just after the break.
Donaldson was unfortunate to be penalised when he jumped alongside Neal and headed into the net.
Grigg controlled Bidwell’s hard-worked cross well and fired low underneath Neal to put the game to bed on 88 minutes.
Brentford (4-3-3):Button; Logan, O’Connor, Craig, Bidwell; Saunders (Grigg 72), McCormack, Saville; Donaldson, Trotta, Judge (Reeves 67)
Subs not used: Lee, Barron, Dallas, Fillo, Diagouraga, Reeves-