Brentford 2 Southend 1: Donaldson strike sets up fourth-round tie with Chelsea
22:30 GMT, 15 January 2013
23:14 GMT, 15 January 2013
Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson set-up a dream FA Cup clash against west London neighbours Chelsea after finally overcoming a heroic display from Southend keeper Paul Smith.
The forward's deflected strike 15 minutes from time set up the glamour tie against the current European champions – but only after an extraordinary showcase of shot-stopping from Smith.
Assistant boss Alan Kernaghan, stepping in for flu-stricken manager Uwe Rosler, in the post-match press-conference, said: 'I thought our performance was excellent, if we are critical we didn't score enough of our chances but that was because of the keeper. He made three or four world class saves.
'When the Chelsea game comes around it will be a good occasions, but there's plenty time before then.'
Victory: Donaldson scored the winning goal for Brentford in the 76th minute
Opener: Hayes gave Brentford the lead in the first half
Brentford: Moore, Hodson, Craig, Dean, Bidwell, Diagouraga, Douglas, Forshaw (Saunders 90), Donaldson, Hayes (Trotta 75), Forrester (Barron 79).
Subs not used: Gounet, Logan, Reeves, Pierre.
Goals: Hayes 26, Donaldson 76.
Southend: Paul Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell (Woodyard 48), Phillips, Barker, Hurst (Leonard 68), Timlin, Prosser, Straker (Harris 89), Corr, Tomlin.
Subs not used: Bentley, Martin, Benyon.
Goals: Corr 69.
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).
He added: 'We know it will be difficult, they
are the Champions League holders, but if we go about the game plan we
come up with we will be in with a chance.' The 29 league places between
the two sides was abundantly clear in the first half, as Brentford
threatened to run-riot.
The impressive Harry Forrester showed
why he has been linked with a move to Dutch giants Ajax in the 14th
minute as he rattled the crossbar with a sweetly struck half-volley from
Smith was forced into the first of
his saves a minute later, tipping over Adam Forshaw's cross-come-shot
round the post, before denying Forrester's powerful effort from the edge
of the box.
Smith was at it again, this time
denying Donaldson's flicked effort from Lee Hodson's cross before
Brentford finally broke the deadlock in the 26th minute.
Bees forward Paul Hayes expertly
cushioned a volley past Smith from close range after another dangerous
Hodson cross to give Rosler's side a deserved lead.
But the home side were nearly
punished for their earlier wastefulness in the 34th minute when Anthony
Starker inexplicably fired wide from three yards after keeper Simon
Moore could only parry his initial header on to the woodwork.
That scare was the cue for Smith to
continue his one-man show of defiance, denying Donaldson, Hayes and
Forshaw with excellent stops before the break.
Level: Corr equalised for Southend with 20 minutes to play
Michael Timlin missed a glorious
chance for Southend to notch a shock leveller three minutes into the
second period as Paul Sturrock's side came out with renewed spark.
But the Bees were handed the chance
to book the clash against Frank Lampard and co in the 55th minute when
Mark Phillips tripped Donaldson inn the box.
However, Smith against came to his side's rescue, saving Forrester's well-placed spot kick.
And the 33-year-old keeper's heroics
finally came home to roost when Southend grabbed an unlikely equaliser
in the 68th minute as Barry Corr nodded home Ryan Leonard's cross.
Donaldson and Forrester were against denied by the brilliant Smith as Brentford put their foot down in search of a winner.
But there was nothing Smith could do
nothing about Donaldson's fierce 76th-minute strike that flew past him
at the near post after a wicked deflection off Luke Prosser as Brentford
rubber-stamped their first clash against west London neighbours Chelsea