The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.”

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