Warburton still not giving up
MARK Warburton insists his Brentford side can still take their play-off hunt to the final game despite a disappointing draw at home to Bolton.
The day started well for the Bees with Ipswich and Wolves drawing, giving them a chance to close the gap on Mick McCarthy’s men.
However, the Bolton result leaves things as they were with Brentford still three points behind Ipswich with only two games left.
Now Warburton wants to see his side make it as close as possible, saying: “We’re looking close to a total of 78 points now and that’s what we have to do now.
“We’ve got to make sure it goes down to the final kick of the final game and we’ve got to focus on those last two games.”
Conversely, Bolton headed into the game in a less positive fashion with two senior players suspended by the club. Neil Danns and Barry Bannan were punished for a breach of discipline at the club’s hotel.
Neil Lennon said: “I’m not a massive disciplinarian but we do set standards at the club and if you fall below those standards you’re going to get punished.
“We don’t ban players from going out and socialising but their behaviour was unacceptable so they were disciplined within club rules.
“I’m very disappointed with their behaviour, they’re good lads but they fell short of what’s expected of them.” Brentford had most of the ball in the opening stages but for all their possession they were not able to create a real chance.
The Bees eventually made their superiority count when Alex Pritchard curled the ball home from inside the box after some great work by Andre Gray and an assist from Alan Judge. But it only took Bolton five minutes to get level when Emile Heskey won the ball before rolling it through to Adam Le Fondre who cooly slotted it in.
The play-off chasing side regained their lead after 42 minutes when Jonathan Douglas headed in from a Judge cross soon after the equaliser.
Douglas’ goal came when Bolton were down to ten men following an injury to Dean Moxey, something which annoyed Lennon.
He said: “Mark Davies wasn’t ready to go on when he should have been when there was a break in play.
“I don't know what it is with the modern player, they’ve got so much to put on whether it’s hair gel or their under armour and we were left down to ten men so I wasn’t very happy with him. But, he certainly made up for it in the second half with his performance and his goal so I’m certainly very happy to have him back.”
Brentford looked on course for a win but all their good work was undone after 70 minutes when a weak back pass from James Tarkowski allowed Davies to tackle David Button and level.
Warburton said: “We weren't at our best, I think we lacked a little bit of quality in the final part, we got the goal conceded a sloppy equaliser but went in at half-time ahead.
“We were controlling the game but it was a very loose pass and we paid the price for that.”
However his opposite number had a different view on the game.
“I am really pleased and I felt we could have won the game, we certainly had the better chances in the first half,” Lennond added.
RAISE A HAND: Mark Davies celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal for Bolton
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