WAR­BUR­TON ON QUAL­ITY STREET

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By David Tay­lor

BRENT­FORD boss Mark War­bur­ton be­lieves his side pro­duced some of their best foot­ball so far in the Cham­pi­onship to earn all three points against Brighton.

The Bees had to weather an early storm but went two up after half an hour and, de­spite a promis­ing fight­back from the Seag­ulls, held on for their first home win of the sea­son.

Brighton pro­duced some ex­cel­lent mo­ments them­selves in an end-to-end game, but firsthalf goals from Moses Odubajo and An­dre Ward and a header from Jonathan Dou­glas after the break gave the Bees vic­tory.

“I think from 15 min­utes through to 40 was as good as we’ve been this sea­son, and I thought there was some out­stand­ing qual­ity there,” said War­bur­ton.

“We could have been two down after ten and four up after 40. It was that type of game.

“We didn’t want to get too open, too deep, too spread.

“We con­ceded a bad goal be­fore half-time and again gave them half a yard for a great sec­ond.

“At the end it was tighter than I wanted it to be, but what a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance by the play­ers. I’m de­lighted for them.

“They [Brighton] were very good for the first 15 min­utes.

“They got in the play-offs last year and we know they are a very good foot­balling team with high-qual­ity, tech­ni­cal play­ers.”

Brighton made the brighter start in an ex­cel­lent first half and could have gone ahead within three min­utes.

Sam Bal­dock was gifted the ball on the edge of the box, but he saw his ef­fort re­bound off the inside of the post.

The Bees should have taken the lead them­selves soon after, but Gray was hauled down on the edge of the box by Lewis Dunk when the striker was through on goal.

Dunk was lucky not to be sent off, but the in­ci­dent seemed to spark the home side into life and Odubajo soon put them ahead.

The pacy winger got on the end of a lovely through ball and made no mis­take from a tight an­gle for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.

Brent­ford con­tin­ued to con­trol the game and it wasn’t long be­fore Gray put them two up from close range after good work from Jake Bid­well.

Brighton were of­fered a life­line be­fore half-time, how­ever, when Gor­don Greer was given acres of space eight yards out and he fin­ished well.

Dou­glas re­stored Brent­ford’s two-goal cush­ion soon after the break with a fine header after another great cross from Bid­well.

Danny Holla pulled a goal back on the hour mark with an ex­quis­ite curl­ing ef­fort but Brent­ford held on.

“In the first half we were a lit­tle bit open in our de­fend­ing and made it too easy for Brent­ford to at­tack and score goals,” said Brighton man­ager Sami Hyypia.

“It’s very good that we have another game com­ing up quick- ly, to make things right. We know that when we have the ball we can play foot­ball, but we need to con­cen­trate on not los­ing it as eas­ily as we did here.

“When we get a chance to score, I would like to see the ball in the net and not in the stands.

“After the first two games in the league we signed seven play­ers.

“It takes time for them to get my ideas in their heads and I think, as the sea­son goes on, we can only get bet­ter.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

RED DEVIL: Brent­ford’s An­dre Gray, right, darts in to score their sec­ond

HIGH POINT: Moses Odubajo scores the Bees’ first goal

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