BEES IN NEED OF A HELP­ING HAND

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John May

BRENT­FORD boss Mark War­bur­ton is des­per­ate to leave the Bees with a pro­mo­tion le­gacy but knows he needs a favour or two af­ter his side kept their play-off hopes alive with a com­fort­able win at Read­ing.

Goals from Alan Judge and James Tarkowski sealed the points and en­sure Brent­ford go into their fi­nal game against Wi­gan at Grif­fin Park with a puncher’s chance but they need help from Black­burn – who host Ip­swich – and Read­ing, who travel to Derby, to pro­long War­bur­ton’s reign at least into the play-offs.

Brent­ford have de­cided to part com­pany with War­bur­ton at the end of the sea­son but he said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing to know the next game could be my last in charge but it is what it is.

“It has to be our aim to try and win pro­mo­tion and that would be a great le­gacy to leave such a great club.”

War­bur­ton al­lowed him­self to in­dulge in some mind games to urge Black­burn and Read­ing to up­set the ap­ple cart in what look like mean­ing­less fix­tures for them and pro­vide the shock re­sult his side needs.

The Bees’ boss said: “I’m not hav­ing it that there’s noth­ing for some teams to play for.

“Peo­ple talk about games be­ing mean­ing­less for some teams but we are talk­ing about pro­fes­sion­als and play­ers are fight­ing for con­tracts and their fu­tures, and Black­burn will want a strong fin­ish to their sea­son in front of their own fans.”

Brent­ford were given a fly­ing start to their quest to keep the pres­sure on Ip­swich and Derby when Judge fired them ahead on seven min­utes.

An­dre Gray dis­played the pace and power that made him a men­ace all af­ter­noon by forc­ing his way down the in­side right chan­nel and hold­ing the ball up un­til Judge ar­rived on the scene to play in a low cross which the mid­fielder turned in from six yards.

Read­ing had chances to get back into the game quickly but Garath McCleary blasted over from 14 yards when well-placed and Jamie Mackie slashed a hasty ef­fort wide af­ter be­ing played in by Danny Wil­liams. Brent­ford, driven on by the im­pres­sive Tot­ten­ham loa­nee Alex Pritchard from mid­field al­ways threat­ened to take the game away from a lack­lus­tre Read­ing with Gray burst­ing clean through on goal, only to be de­nied by Adam Fed­erici’s legs.

The Bees sealed the points 20 min­utes into the sec­ond half when a Read­ing de­fender cyn­i­cally hauled back Bees winger Jota.

Obita was booked and dou­bly pun­ished as Judge whipped in a free-kick which de­fender Tarkowski met with a well-placed header.

Brent­ford’s goal dif­fer­ence might have been fur­ther im­proved when Jon To­ral struck the post with a fierce shot ten min­utes from time.

War­bur­ton said: “The play­ers were aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of the sit­u­a­tion and to come here and win like that was a great per­for­mance.

“It’s tight and it’s tough and it might come down to one or two goals.”

Read­ing’s best chance to get­back into the game fell to Hal Rob­son-Kanu, only for Bees keeper David But­ton to pull off a point-blank save and the lines- man’s flag ruled Nathaniel Chalobah off­side as he stuck the loose ball home.

Read­ing boss Steve Clarke moaned: "We look a good team un­til we get to the fi­nal third of the pitch and that’s what’s killing us.

"We also con­ceded two re­ally soft goals. We al­lowed them to cross the ball into our box for the first goal, but they never al­lowed us to do that. And we then al­lowed a team who are quite ca­pa­ble of scor­ing against us in open play a gift from a set piece.

"I think I’m pleased the next two games are away from home presently.”

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