KING LOUIS DENTS BEES TI­TLE HOPES

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

LOUIS Thomp­son smashed his sec­ond win­ner in suc­ces­sive home games for Swin­don to dent ten-man ti­tle-chas­ing Brent­ford in a spicy en­counter at the County Ground – but you won’t hear Bees boss Mark War­bur­ton com­plain­ing.

It was a mis­er­able re­turn for exSwin­don skip­pers Alan McCormack and Jonathan Dou­glas who both had days to for­get. McCormack bun­dled over Alex Pritchard to con­cede a firsthalf penalty al­though his em­bar­rass­ment was eased when David But­ton pulled off a fine save to deny Michael Smith.

But Dou­glas gifted pos­ses­sion for Thomp­son on half-time with the pacy winger rac­ing through on goal to snatch the win­ner. Adam Forshaw was later dis­missed for a sec­ond yel­low in quick suc­ces­sion, first on Nathan Byrne, then Raphael Rossi Branco, to dou­ble Brent­ford’s mis­ery.

Brent­ford boss War­bur­ton didn’t protest the de­ci­sion but in­sists the Bees bossed the sec­ond half and de­served at least a point as Wolves march ever closer to the League One ti­tle with pro­mo­tion now se­cured.

“It was a rash tackle and he was tempt­ing fate so soon af­ter his book­ing,” he said. “We have to be more aware, yel­low cards early on will cost us and that is what hap­pened.

“In the last half an hour we were very good and had con­trol of the game. We were not clin­i­cal enough. There were loads of pos­i­tives, and no lack of de­sire and we were very strong all over the park.

“I am very pleased, de­spite los­ing. Had we lost and not shown the right ap­pli­ca­tion, it would have been a dif­fer­ent story.”

Dou­glas went clos­est to fir­ing the Bees into a first-half lead. His header from Jake Bidwell’s 25-yard kick rat­tled the cross bar. In de­mand Town keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham again showed his worth, pulling off a won­der save from Ge­orge Sav­ille’s pile driver on the hour.

Brent­ford could see the em­bers of their ti­tle am­bi­tions be­gin­ning to fade, and piled for­ward search­ing for the win. Bidwell went close again from Clay­ton Don­ald­son’s cut back, but his shot from eight yards drifted ag­o­nis­ingly past the post.

And with games run­ning out for pro­mo­tion push­ing Town, boss Mark Cooper is now de­mand­ing a strong fin­ish. He said:“It was a proper game, you could see what was at stake for Brent­ford and you can see why they are near the top. They can over­power teams.

“We have no right to beat these sides, but gave away too much pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half. That put us un­der pres­sure against ten men.

“Brent­ford threw ev­ery­thing at us. They had some op­por­tu­ni­ties but we stood up to it. Our sys­tem tried to catch them on the break and we tried to set a trap for them. It worked with Louis, he is get­ting pro­lific. I’ve said for a month now we want a

strong fin­ish.”

PIC­TURES: Terry Parker

STUM­BLING BLOCK: Louis Thomp­son makes Brent­ford won­der if their crown­ing mo­ment may not come

GATE­KEEPER: Swin­don’s Wes Foder­ing­ham in ac­tion

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