Dean gets a kick out of hot­shot Mau­pay

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By HEC­TOR NUNNS

BRENT­FORD boss Dean Smith ad­mit­ted he thought about leav­ing match­win­ner Neal Mau­pay out of the side fol­low­ing a stamp­ing ban.

Mau­pay scored in each half to take his sea­son’s tally to seven, on his re­turn from a three-match sus­pen­sion for clash­ing with As­ton Villa’s John McGinn.

His dou­ble fired the Bees up to sec­ond in the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble.

But it was a grim day for Wi­gan – who saw Sam Morsy sent off for a wild chal­lenge on Yoann Bar­bet af­ter 58 min­utes – with only keeper Chris­tian Wal­ton pre­vent­ing a rout.

Brent­ford, though, are look­ing se­ri­ous pro­mo­tion can­di­dates and Smith said: “It was a tough de­ci­sion to bring Neal back in, as we had played well in the win against Not­ting­ham For­est with Olly Watkins as cen­tre-for­ward.

“But I just felt Neal was in a rich vein of form, he had his mis­de­meanour against Villa and has been dis­ci­plined.

“I would have been wrong to leave him out, they were two great poacher’s goals.

“He will be dis­ap­pointed he didn’t get more. Their keeper made some good saves.

“With the red card it was the follow through for me, it seemed to be with the fore­arm. Our play­ers were cer­tainly very an­gry about it.”

Wi­gan boss Paul Cook said: “I have got no com­plaints, Brent­ford are the best we have faced this sea­son.

“For the send­ing-off I haven’t seen it back yet but my feel­ing was he went in to head the ball. I’ll apol­o­gise if I’m wrong.

“But I was dis­ap­pointed with the re­ac­tion of the Brent­ford bench.

“There are no pos­i­tives to take from to­day – only that we won’t have to come back here this sea­son.”

French striker Mau­pay was de­nied twice by Wal­ton be­fore he broke the dead­lock in the 24th minute.

Said Ben­rahma cut the ball back and Mau­pay was on the spot to turn it home.

With Wal­ton stand­ing be­tween Wi­gan and a cricket score Morsy was shown a straight red card and Mau­pay added his sec­ond from close range.

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