ROSLER’S RE­LIEF AS TRAP ELUDED

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ge­orge Whe­lan To comment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

BRENT­FORD boss Uwe Rosler in­sisted it was a point gained rather than two points lost af­ter his troops had to set­tle for a share of the spoils on the road against Port Vale at Vale Park.

Hotly-tipped for pro­mo­tion this sea­son af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out last year, Rosler took the Bees to Burslem an­tic­i­pat­ing a po­ten­tial ba­nana skin on the open­ing day.

But Shaleum Lo­gan’s mo­ment of magic lit up the first half to put the vis­i­tors in front be­fore Doug Loft nabbed an equaliser for the Valiants.

The Bees dom­i­nated as the game wore on but in the end a draw was the right re­sult ac­cord­ing to Rosler, who quickly breathed a huge sigh of re­lief.

“It’s a pos­si­ble ba­nana skin com­ing here, a mas­sive and very sticky pitch here and I felt we con­trolled the game very much and a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion has cost us the three points,” he said.

“Over­all I’m not dis­ap­pointed, they are dif­fi­cult to beat and a lot of teams will have dif­fi­culty com­ing here.

“Ge­orge Sav­ille had a quiet first half but he just got bet­ter and bet­ter and bet­ter in the sec­ond half.

“It was a very sticky pitch, I thought the two up front were fan­tas­tic, run­ning their socks off for the team.

“We didn’t test the keeper enough in the sec­ond half , Clay­ton Don­ald­son and Adam Forshaw both missed very good chances.

“I wish Conor McAleny could have got on the ball more too, but over­all I’m happy with the point.”

The first mo­ment of qual­ity came from Lo­gan in the 26th minute, the Manch­ester City youth prod­uct cut­ting in­side Loft and fir­ing in a su­perb left-footed ef­fort from all of 25 yards.

Vale’s re­sponse was fairly im­me­di­ate though as Loft kept his cool to fire home at the sec­ond at­tempt and level the scores.

Af­ter the break it was Brent­ford who dom­i­nated and Will Grigg and Clay­ton Don­ald­son both came close to win­ning it to leave Micky Adams smil­ing as his side held out for the draw.

“I’m pleased with what I’ve seen in terms of the ap­pli­ca­tion of the side, on a hot sticky day, but I’ve got ev­ery­thing I wanted out of game, other than the three points,” he said.

“I thought Brent­ford showed their qual­ity, par­tic­uarly in the sec­ond-half.

“But we hung in there and we dug deep and we have man­aged to get a point against one of the favourites for the league, so we are absolutely de­lighted with that.

“To go in a half-time at 1-1 I’m de­lighted with that. There’s area of our game that we will have to work on such as throw ins.

“But at times our de­fend­ing was ex­cel­lent, at times woe­ful but on a hot day like I’ve men­tioned, we put our bod­ies on the line.

“Brent­ford are a good side and I think we have coped and adapted well against them.The play­ers are good enough to com­pete at

this level.”

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HEAD OVER HEELS: Brent­ford's Shaleum Lo­gan en­joys his goal HAVE THAT: Doug Loft scores the equaliser for Port Vale

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