Moore to come from rookie striker Chris

Instant hero: Chris Moore (background) celebrates after his late strike earned Brentford a draw at Brighton last Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Simon Dack

Instant hero: Chris Moore (background) celebrates after his late strike earned Brentford a draw at Brighton last Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Simon Dack

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Despite earning Brentford a last-gasp draw at Brighton on Saturday with his second goal in two matches, Chris Moore has again been told by his manager Leroy Rosenior he has a lot to learn.

After seeing his side snatch a 2-2 draw with the newly relegated Seagulls, Rosenior reaffirmed his desire to sign an experienced striker to replace the injured Lloyd Owusu.

He said: "I was delighted with the win, especially after the first half hour when we were abysmal.

"Chris has a lot to learn and he knows that, but what you can't teach him is how to score goals. That's a knack."

Despite just one change from the team that opened the season with back-to-back victories - Adam Griffiths making his full debut in place of the injured Darius Charles - the Bees failed to show any of the verve from their opening two wins.

The home side went ahead through Dean Hammond's penalty after 10 minutes after Thomas Pinault had tripped Tony Stokes.

Four minutes later, Brighton made it 2-0 when Gary Hart turned in Joel Lynch's low cross.

Brentford offered little until captain Kevin O'Connor curled home a wonderful free-kick in the 38th minute following a foul on Jo Kuffour. Rosenior's half-time words did the trick as the Bees exerted more pressure after break without creating any clear-cut chances.

Finally, deep into injury time, a long through ball from Griffiths bounced into Brighton's box and Moore steered a left-foot shot past keeper Wayne Henderson.

The 26-year-old former Dagenham & Redbridge striker - signed with money from Coca Cola's Win a Player initiative - ironically put his dream start to life as a league footballer partly down to his steering clear of the sponsor's product.

He said: "Yeah, I've had the Coca Cola kid' shouted at me a couple of times.

"But I'm not allowed to drink it now. I'm on a diet and our fitness coach has told me what to eat before games. I feel a lot sharper and can go the full 90 minutes."

Brentford: Nelson; O'Connor, Frampton, Heywood, Griffiths; Tomlin (Willock, 64mins), Pinault (Brooker, 73mins), Skulason, Tillen (Rhodes, 83mins); Kuffour, Moore. Subs not used: Masters, Osborne. Attendance: 6,745.

The Bees host Huddersfield Town at Griffin Park on Saturday probably without centre-back Andy Frampton, who twisted his ankle in training this week.

Rosenior is trialling Alex Tapp, a 24-year-old midfielder released by MK Dons after 50 league appearances in six years.

Michael Essian's Ghana beat Togo 2-0 in a friendly at Griffin Park on Tuesday.

Read our feature on the Chelsea star in Friday's Brentford, Chiswick & Isleworth Times.

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