A much changed Charlton side including 18-year old Carl Jenkinson making his debut at right back started brightly at Griffin Park, reports Paul May. Kyel Reid was the subject of a bad challenge early in the game and Wright was booked.
Jenkinson was very involved in the early exchanges. Doherty had to concede the first corner as the Bees buzzed down the right. There was a clash of heads inside the penalty area and both physios were waved on. McCormack, making his 10th start for the Addicks, was the Charlton player involved.
Reid advanced well on the left and put in a cross, Abbott did a run forwards and tried to turn the ball goalwards, but it went into the side netting. Three Charlton players went for the same ball, allowing the Bees to break. Doherty put a poor ball forward.
Brentford had a good chance which they created well, but Alexander headed over the bar. Dailly was out of position and hauled down Charlie McDonald giving Brentford a free kick in a promising position right of centre about 25 yards out. Elliot pushed out Simpson's free kick for a corner which was headed away by McCormack.
An inflatable pink flamingo brought by an Addick was confiscated by a jobsworth of a steward. The Addickted were in good voice and included a postman in his uniform, recalling the milkman who used to attend The Valley.
Charlton were defending deeply and Jenkinson over hit a clearance to Abbott. Parky was not looking happy at his side's performance. Abbott got a yellow card from referee Hill for deliberate hand ball which seemed harsh.
Reid went for goal himself when Martin was running into a good position and Brentford were able to clear.
Charlton were start to pass the ball more effectively. However, both sides lacked real quality in the final third. A Brentford free kick created a half chance for Alexander when Fry failed to clear.
Dailly put in a good tackle. Brentford did not defend well and Richard Lee in the Brentford goal had to dive on the ball. With a little more luck Martin could have scored.
Charlton won a late corner, but it was ultimately unproductive. Phil Parkinson had words with the referee, clearly unhappy about the Abbott booking.
Half time: Bees 0, Addicks 0
Brentford came out of the traps quickly and Doherty had to clear on the goal line within the first minute of play.
Simpson unleashed a shot from about 30 yards out but it went wide. Brentford were passing the ball better and won a corner. Bean chopped down Reid and received a yellow card.
O'Connor was booked for a late challenge on Reid who was taking a battering.
Brentford won a corner, but it was defended well by McCormack. The very short lino spotted some pushing and shoving and a free kick was awarded to Charlton. Bean was taken off and replaced by Wood on the hour.
Racon fed Martin with a decent ball who should have done better but headed over the bar.
Parky made a double substitution. Anyinsah replaced the subdued Martin and Johnnie Jackson replaced McCormack.
Charlton won a free kick just outside the area after Anyinsah was fouled. Fry's effort was poor. A Brentford free kick bounced off MacDonald's shoulder.
Spillane came on to replace Simpson. Abbott who was looking tired was taken off and Benson came on. An effort by Racon led to a Charlton corner. Dailly put the ball over the bar.
A Brentford free kick ended up with the ball on the top of the crossbar from Osborne. Another fire cracker went off. Three minutes were added on. McDonald had a chance to score, but it went wide. Sam Wood had a chance in the dying seconds, but it went wide.
Jackson was denied by Lee with the first penalty kick. It was powerful but went straight at the keeper. O'Connor scored in the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the Bees. Lee saved well off Racon, punching the ball on to the post. Former Addick McDonald scored to make it 2-0. Lee then saved off Reid quite brilliantly. Spillane's rather soft effort was saved by Elliot. Doherty powered the ball into the back of the net. Alexander scored to sent the Bees through to take on the Grecians.