Big Fletch won everything in the air all afternoon and flicked on for Feeney who shot right at Smith in the Bee's goal, the striker looking dangerous on each attack. O'Connor headed wide from one of Elliott's many good crosses. Carl Fletcher headed another effort wide moments later from Stock's corner, and when Brentford decided to join in the match a few of the home support wondered whether it could be one of those days.
Brentford had the first of two goals disallowed in the 20th minute, one for a foul and later an offside against Hunt, both correctly ruled out. Stock and O'Connor both shot wide from good positions and then O'Connor missed a golden opportunity on the half hour when, unmarked, he blasted over from 8 yards.
In fact Brentford keeper Smith didn't have a shot to save in the first half despite much Bournemouth possession and plenty of good chances. For the record Brentford had their first effort on target on 36 minutes. Supa had a great header blocked on the line by Feeney as the half drew to a close.
To their credit Bournemouth kept the pressure on in an attempt to finish the game off. Purches, Feeney and Big Fletch all had efforts and just after Broadhurst had to be replaced by Maher due to injury, Feeney fired a great shot onto the Brentford crossbar from the edge of the box.
Brentford threatened to spoil the day with a couple of chances and there was a late booking for Captain Carl but the Cherries ran out deserved winners and a timely 3 points.
A solid all-round performance and with us back in 6th position, a defeat would have dropped us back into the bottom half. I feel that winning games like this against teams like Brentford make the difference to the season. Also, as much as having Lewis Buxton back is a bonus and strengthens the squad, in the last 2 games it has caused an imbalance in that SOD has switched to 3-5-2. That imbalance was not present in today's performance. 4-4-2 worked well today with the side looking comfortable.
AFCB: Moss; Cummings, C.Fletcher, Broadhurst (Maher 78), Purches; Elliott (Buxton 84), Stock (Tindall 86), Browning, O'Connor; S.Fletcher, Feeney (4-4-2)
Subs not used: Stewart, Hayter.
Stuart Mitchell, Hampton, Middlesex