Exeter City 1 Brentford 2.
Monday 7 February 2011.
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 5322 with 420 away fans.
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (JPT) Area Final 2nd leg.
Brentford win 3-2 on aggregate and play Carlisle United in the final at Wembley.
BBC match report –
Brentford booked their place in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley as goals from Sam Saunders and Gary Alexander sunk Exeter.
Saunders gave the Bees the lead when he side-footed into the roof of the net at full stretch from close range after fine work by Myles Weston on the wing.
Weston again turned provider dinking a neat cross for Alexander to head home.
Danny Nardiello curled into the net from inside the box in stoppage time to earn the home side a late consolation.
Their goal gave Exeter faint hope but it was two goals in six first-half minutes that proved decisive.
With a two-goal cushion to defend at the break, the visitors had chances soon after the restart when Saunders tested Exeter keeper Ben Hamer with a fierce drive from 20 yards.
Hamer was called into action again when Weston showed great speed on the left wing to outpace his marker and cut into the box only to see his shot blocked by the Grecians stopper.
Exeter brought on Richard Logan who gave the Brentford defence some uncomfortable moments, while Nardiello also went close with a fine curling strike that just cleared the bar.
Late on a dipping effort from Jamie Cureton was well saved by Richard Lee before Nardiello found the net in the final minute of stoppage time, however, Brentford saw out the remaining seconds to progress.
The Bees will face Carlisle in the final on Sunday, 3 April.
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:
"I'm happy to lose, I'm happy to be gracious in defeat, I'm happy to be philosophical about it, but I'm not going to hide the fact that we didn't compete and play well enough.
"It was a shockingly poor performance in such a big game and we don't deserve to go through because the opposition played better than us.
"For some reason it was a poor performance and there's no point really going back and over-thinking it because it's done - we've lost our chance and we'll have to move on."