Bournemouth 1-0 Brentford: Positives but no points on the south coast for the Bees

Bar man: Brentford striker Andre Gray struck the bar in the first half at Bournemouth

Bar man: Brentford striker Andre Gray struck the bar in the first half at Bournemouth

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Despite a performance full of energy and commitment, Brentford came up just short in their second game on their return to the Championship, suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium on Saturday.

Facing a buoyant Cherries side which won 4-0 away from home last week, the Bees gave as good as they got and deserved a point from a tight contest.

Within five minutes the visitors carved out their first chance when an intelligent free kick routine saw Jake Bidwell and Alex Pritchard combine to find Andre Gray on the right side of the six yard box and his shot re-bounded off the crossbar.

The Cherries responded when they won a corner on the right and Yann Kermorgant's low shot from the edge of the box was superbly turned round his left hand post by David Button.

A creative ball from Bidwell on the left set up Gray, whose shot from inside the box was inches wide.

On the half hour mark Matt Ritchie's shot from wide on the right of the Bees' box took a deflection for a corner.

Ritchie enjoyed another chance for the home side when his fierce shot from outside the box was parried by Button and scrambled clear.

On the stroke of half time Alan Judge won a free kick 25 yards out, but Pritchard's shot sailed over the bar.

Early in the second half a purposeful run from Moses Obudajo down the right wing carried him past several defenders before he picked out Judge, whose shot was just wide of the right hand post.

Bournemouth soon responded at the other end and after Button punched clear Bidwell headed Callum Wilson's follow up effort off the line.

After Button put his side under pressure with a poor clearance, he made a comfortable save from Wilson's low shot.

As the intensity lifted the Bees then broke down the right and after a cross across the box was picked up by Odubajo, he teed up Jonathan Douglas, who shot over the bar.

Substitute Stuart Dallas soon got into the game and his short pass from wide on the left found Judge, whose shot was turned behind by Lee Camp for a corner.

The home side went ahead when they broke down the right and substitute Ryan Fraser's cross to the back post was knocked past Button by fellow substitute Junior Stanislas.

A superb run by Pritchard from inside his own half resulted in Camp making a save from his low shot and then again gathering the follow up from Judge.

Brentford: Button, McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas, Judge, Pritchard, Odubajo (sub Smith 81), Tebar (sub Dallas 60), Gray (sub Proschwitz 81)

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