WAR­BUR­TON PROUD OF ‘LIT­TLE BEES’

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Steven Chicken

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

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