JUDGE ABLE TO RULE AS BEES BUZZ

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

IF ANY­ONE at Brent­ford is feel­ing the pres­sure of clos­ing in on au­to­matic pro­mo­tion, they are cer­tainly not show­ing it.

Two goals from Alan Judge against his for­mer club fol­lowed Adam Forshaw’s penalty to en­sure the Bees earned a fourth straight home win, de­spite Jimmy Spencer’s late con­so­la­tion for Notts County.

Man­ager Mark War­bur­ton is con­fi­dent his side will not choke for the sec­ond year run­ning af­ter they man­aged to throw a Cham­pi­onship place away on the fi­nal day of last sea­son.

He said:“I thought we played re­ally well and I’m lov­ing ev­ery minute of it. I’m not feel­ing the pres­sure.

“We’ve got a good group of play­ers and they have learned from last year. The bal­ance is bet­ter and if you look around the team there are a lot of play­ers that came through that ex­pe­ri­ence. They were young last year and now they are stronger and more fo­cused.

“A lot of teams af­ter that kind of dis­ap­point­ment would have a dis­ap­point­ing start, just look at Wat­ford and Northamp­ton.The boys have coped re­ally well all sea­son.”

It was one-way traf­fic through­out the first half and Brent­ford dom­i­nated in pos­ses­sion, but strug­gled to cre­ate any clear cut chances.

But that all changed af­ter half an hour when Clay­ton Don­ald­son was hauled down in the box by Haydn Hol­lis when clean through on goal.

Hol­lis was shown a straight red card and Forshaw stepped up to send Bar­tosz Bialkowski the wrong way and stroke home from the spot for his eighth goal of the sea­son. From then on the home side re­mained well in con­trol and should have dou­bled their lead on 37 min­utes when Judge fired wide from close range.

How­ever, the on-loan Black­burn man made up for it two min­utes be­fore the break when he latched on to Alan McCormack’s through ball to slot in the sec­ond.

And the Bees did not have to wait long af­ter the in­ter­val to put the re­sult be­yond any doubt as Judge re­bounded home from close range af­ter Toumani Di­agouraga saw two shots saved by Bialkowski.

The vis­i­tors pulled one back late on when Spencer neatly lobbed over Bees keeper David But­ton, but it did lit­tle to lift man­ager Shaun Derry’s mood as his side were dragged back into the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

He said:“It’s a set­back but we would have had to have played ex­cep­tion­ally well to get any­thing out of this game. For me, Brent­ford are the best team in the league.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing but it’s the home games that will de­ter­mine how we fare this sea­son. The red card was the turn­ing point but even be­fore then I wasn’t en­tirely happy with the way we were play­ing. At times we couldn’t get to grips with them. “With the great­est re­spect to Brent­ford I don’t feel that our play­ers should be com­ing to these

places and be­ing over­awed.”

PIC­TURES: Paul Den­nis/TGSPHOTO

KEY MO­MENT: Notts County’s Haydn Hol­lis fouls Clay­ton Don­ald­son of Brent­ford for the penalty, Hol­lis was sent off for the chal­lenge

DOU­BLE: Alan Judge cel­e­brates his two goals

STAR MAN ALAN JUDGE Brentfo

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