UWE CAN’T WAIT FOR FINAL DAY
BRENTFORD boss Uwe Rosler is relishing a final-day showdown with Doncaster to determine who gets promotion to the Championship.
Rovers’ defeat to Notts County and the Bees’ draw at Hartlepool means the teams are separated by two points ahead of their meeting at Griffin Park on Saturday.
The Bees fell behind at relegated Pools, but levelled before half-time. They were unable, however, to raise their game and find a winner in a scrappy second-half.
They now have to beat longterm leaders Rovers to go up.
And boss Rosler declared:“We have worked so hard in the last few months to be in the position where we have it in our own hands and now it all leads to the final day.
“It’s a home game and we have enjoyed a great achievement in getting there – Doncaster have everything to lose and we have everything to gain.
“This wasn’t the greatest game by any means, in the 25 minutes until they scored we were not at the races, then we lost our nerves.
“When we started to attack, we scored and then in the second half we were the better team and had some very good chances, but we know we can all play better, no question about it.
“Credit to Hartlepool, they showed character and didn’t drop their heads after relegation. But we are where we want to be and are full of optimism – we look forward to a full house at Griffin Park.’’
Pools started well and were good value for their 25th minute lead. Luke James got in on the left and knocked the ball across for Jack Baldwin. His shot was blocked and the ball fell for James, who picked his spot and drilled in through the busy penalty area.
The equaliser came before halftime at a time when the Bees were gaining a foothold in the game.
Home keeper Scott Flinders, the club’s player of the year, made a flying save from a Jon Douglas header, but Pools failed to clear.
Marcello Trotta took possession, held off a number of defenders with his back to goal, turned and fired low past Flinders.
But the second half was a non-event. Pools created nothing and the Bees were wary of the cost of defeat. It was only in the closing minutes when Bees’ substitute Tom Adeyemi had a chance to win it, but Peter Hartley blocked his shot.
Home boss John Hughes said:“In the last 15 minutes of the first half it was Brentford who got a hold in the game and second half was backs to the walls.
“We had three young kids out there playing against a team that are going for automatic promotion which will do them the world of good.
“In terms of effort it was different class, it’s a real tricky playing surface, conditions weren’t great for everyone and I wish them all the best in their pursuit of promotion.
“We kept our focus on the game and we need to sit down and won’t make any knee-jerk reactions.”