ROSLER’S RELIEF AS TRAP ELUDED
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
HEAD OVER HEELS: Brentford's Shaleum Logan enjoys his goal HAVE THAT: Doug Loft scores the equaliser for Port Vale