Trotta boosts 10-man Bees
Marcello Trotta's first-half goal gave Brentford a 1-0 victory at Brisbane Road to leapfrog hosts Leyton Orient in the race for automatic promotion.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men for the last 40 minutes after James Tarkowski was sent-off for a second bookable offence but the Bees produced a resilient rearguard action to emerge deserved winners.
Orient had enjoyed the better of the first period with David Mooney , Dean Cox and Romain Vincelot all going close before the Bees took the lead with their only shot in target in the first-half and that came in added time with Trotta's sublime finish.
Collecting a pass from Adam Forshaw 20 yards from goal, he directed his shot wide of the diving Eldin Jakupovic and into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.
Despite their numerical advantage, Orient failed to cause too many concerns for their opponents although Moses Odubajo was denied by a reactionary save by David Button who saved the winger's shot with his knees.
However, it was the Bees who came closest to finding the net again when Alan Judge thumped a shot against the upright in the dying seconds.