WARBURTON ON QUALITY STREET
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.”
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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