Bench boys res­cue Ben­itez af­ter in­juries strike squad

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were un­lucky not to go into the break on level terms, as Karl Dar­low pro­duced a string of fine saves to deny Vibe three times.

But six min­utes af­ter the restart Brent­ford got the equaliser when Vibe slot­ted home from close range af­ter Dar­low blocked An­dreas Bjel­land’s shot.

Vibe al­most got a sec­ond when he sprinted clear and chipped over the on­rush­ing Dar­low only to see his ef­fort come back off the post, be­fore Mur­phy rose high­est to meet Perez’s cross and put New­cas­tle ahead on 78 min­utes.

Brent­ford piled on the pres­sure and had a late penalty ap­peal turned down, be­fore Jota’s fierce ef­fort was well saved by Dar­low deep into in­jury time.

Scott Ho­gan, re­turn­ing from in­jury and an ap­par­ent trans­fer tar­get for West Ham, re­mained an un­used sub­sti­tute with man­ager Dean Smith ex­plain­ing his ac­tions.

“I made a de­ci­sion on Thurs­day not to start Scott,” he said. “There’s been a lot of spec­u­la­tion and of­fers for Scott and it’s been very dif­fi­cult for him. He was avail­able for se­lec­tion but I de­cid Brent­ford ed not to se­lect him in the longterm in­ter­est of the foot­ball club which have al­ways got to be at the fore­front of my mind

“I didn’t think it was right to start him and as the game went on I also didn’t think it was right to bring him on.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult but proud of the per­for­mance. We were un­for­tu­nate not to win, let alone get a point.

“To play against a team like New­cas­tle with the play­ers and re­sources they have and to be the better team gives a lot of credit to our play­ers.”

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