WARBURTON PROUD OF ‘LITTLE BEES’
THE circumstances of Brentford’s win was questionable, but Bees boss Mark Warburton believes these three points were no less than his side deserved.
Alex Pritchard scored the only goal and Warburton hopes their continued involvement in the promotion chase won’t make people start taking them seriously – even though he thinks they have earned it.
Leeds fans left no uncertainty as to who they blamed for the defeat, with referee Graham Salisbury receiving abuse all game. Things started getting really heated after the 49th minute decision to wave play on after Rodolph Austin went down in the box under Moses Odubajo’s challenge.
A second penalty shout was also denied for James Tarkowski’s challenge on Billy Sharp.
And there were definite suspicions of handball in the build up to Pritchard’s winner.But in truth, Leeds were lucky not to be two or three down by that point, with Brentford wasting all their best chances before Pritchard’s goal.
Warburton said:“People keep saying ‘little old Brentford’, and you can sense in my voice that I think a little more respect should be due to players who have worked that well.
“Neil Redfearn has done a magnificent job at Leeds and I’m full of admiration for that. Leeds is a tough place to come from.
“But ‘little old Brentford’ have come here and played well, and if you think of the one-on-ones in the first half, and that we hit the post, and the shouts we had, we created a lot of chances.
“All I would say is look at the game with the sound down and see how you think we played.
‘Little old Brentford’, that works for us, because I think people will see we’re not ‘little old Brentford’ on the pitch anymore.
“People always just desribe us as ‘hard-working’, but I think we’re better than that.”
The win keeps Brentford just five points off the top, and if they can just improve some of their finishing, the Bees should be genuine contenders.
Andre Gray and Jota both should have done better after bursting through the lines, but keeper Marco Silvestri was equal to both shots.
Pritchard finally finished one for Brentford in the 65th minute, converting at the far post from Toumani Diagouraga’s ball, but there certainly looked to be a handball by substitute Jon Toral immediately prior – and you can imagine what the home crowd made of that.
Toral then went close to finishing the game off in style, hitting the post with a sweetly struck long-range effort.
United battled on, but could only provide a goalmouth scramble, involving Sharp and Mirco Antenucci in response.
Leeds boss Redfearn was adamant that the man in black turned the game.
He said: “We deserved something from that, we definitely deserved something. We’ve played better than that but we were solid enough and we locked horns with a good side in the end.
“I didn’t think Brentford were sparkling but they’ve got a toughness about them.
“But when you’re getting decisions going against you constantly, you’re sort of fighting with one arm behind your back, and that’s the frustration with it. It’s a really really tough job, I do understand that, but there’s certain things with 50-50 decisions where you’ve got to show some parity.
“You can’t go one way all the time. My comments will be constructive.
“It’s important that these lads get the right information back.
“You don’t mind the odd decision going against you because that’s football and you expect that to happen.
“But if it’s the majority of the decisions then it becomes frustrating.”
HAVE SOME OF THAT: Brentford’s Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring his team’s first goal. Inset: Rodolph Austin of Leeds tussles with Moses Odubajo