WARBURTON’S MEN A WORK IN PROGRESS
BRENTFORD may be busy getting Griffin Park up to standard for the Premier League, but on the field they perhaps underlined that there’s still some way to go.
To even be eligible for promotion, the Bees must show their home will be up to scratch for the top tier – or arrange a groundshare elsewhere.
They want to stay until the new ground is ready but Mark Warburton’s men lost ground on the automatic places.
True, Brentford were better than when they were ‘Middles broughed’ 4-0 in September, but questions about their prospects for the season remain.
Warburton said: “The gap isn’t getting too big but clearly we have lost a big three points here.
“The penalty was the only difference between the two sides. Harlee (Dean) is a young defender – it happens.
“Middlesbrough have the lowest number of goals conceded in the division but we have closed the gap from last time we played them. The foundations are laid.”