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Wright's red took sring out of Bees celebration - 04/10/2003

Chesterfield 1 Brentford 2: On-loan striker, Tommy Wright, was Brentford’s match-winner with a volleyed effort from eight yards, but his jubilation was quickly followed by exasperation when he was ordered off the field for celebrating.

The dismissal put a dampener on a solid away win for the Bees that has seen them claim 10 points from their last four games.

Manager, Wally Downes, was astounded with the red card for Wright, following his second goal for the club.

He said: “It’s just a silly rule. I can understand it if you jump into the terraces, but he was five foot away from them!

“Tommy has been booked for inciting the crowd. But that’s what the fans come to games for, to be incited and excited.

“I won’t blame the referee, because he’s officiated to the best of his ability - but it’s a silly rule.” Brentford weathered an early Chesterfield onslaught and could have been one down when pre-season Bees target, Jamie Cade, forced keeper, Paul Smith, to block with his knees.

But it was the visitors who took the lead when Stephen Hunt struck an unstoppable 25-yarder on 62 minutes.

Chesterfield hit back with a penalty, conceded by Ibu Sonko, before Tony Rougier, who was influential throughout, supplied the cross for Wright’s winner eight minutes before full-time.

Brentford: Smith P; Dobson, Sonko, Kitamarike, Somner; Rougier (Smith J, 90), Hutchinson, O'Connor, Hunt; May, Wright. Subs: Evans, Tabb, Julian, Wells.

The Bees were away to Colchester on Tuesday night and entertain Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, Brentford, undeterred that their former manager, Steve Perryman, has turned down the offer to become the club’s director of football, are determined to fill this new role soon.

That means that big name former playing stars, such as Tony Adams and Peter Osgood, could be asked to work with manager Downes, although the club insists that this will not undermine his role.

Brentford director, John McGlashan, said: “We are not trying to bring in a director of football who will subsequently become manager.

“Wally is still a rookie manager, he needs someone with a bit more experience who he can go to with his problems.”


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