War­bur­ton still not giv­ing up

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Ross

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.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

RAISE A HAND: Mark Davies cel­e­brates with team-mates af­ter scor­ing the sec­ond goal for Bolton

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