Brent­ford bite back thanks to Barca star

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Daniel Prescott

BRENT­FORD boss Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen has for­mer Barcelona youth player Sergi Canos to thank for eas­ing some of the pres­sure on his shoul­ders.

Canos, who is on loan from Liver­pool, was in­tro­duced as a sub­sti­tute with the hosts chas­ing an equaliser hav­ing gone be­hind to Daniel John­son’s first-minute opener for Pre­ston.

The 18-year-old Span­ish young­ster came on just af­ter the hour mark and played a huge part in Lasse Vibe’s lev­eller be­fore Marco Djuricin se­cured a much-needed vic­tory.

“Canos came in sec­ond half and added the spirit and speed that we needed,” ad­mit­ted Di­jkhuizen.

“It was a great sec­ond half af­ter a poor start, fall­ing be­hind with just 30 sec­onds played.

“But we know Canos is very dan­ger­ous he is a real winger that has brought a lot of qual­ity into the game.

“His first touch is amaz­ing and he changed the re­sult for us and helped us grab a much-needed win.

“Tech­ni­cally he has had a great ed­u­ca­tion, it’s dif­fi­cult for for­eign play­ers to come on here as subs be­cause of the in­ten­sity of the game here.

“We re­ally needed to win for ev­ery­body in­volved in this club.”

It took just 33 sec­onds for the dead­lock to be bro­ken at Grif­fin Park as in­jury-rav­aged Brent­ford strug­gled to get go­ing.

David But­ton in the Brent­ford goal did well to block Joe Garner’s ef­fort, but he had no chance of deny­ing John­son, who smashed the re­bound into the roof of the net.

But Brent­ford flew out of the traps in the sec­ond half and a clever free-kick rou­tine had half the sta­dium cheer­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately the other half had re­alised Alan Judge’s curl­ing ef­fort had hit the side net­ting rather than grabbed them an equaliser.

It wasn’t too long be­fore the pa­tient Brent­ford fans had a rea­son to celebrate, though, and Vibe was the man cheer­ing with them.

Good work down the wing from Canos, who had been on the pitch a mat­ter of sec­onds, set the Dan­ish at­tacker up for a sim­ple tap in. And it was Canos’ burst­ing run for the equaliser that turned the game on its head with 62 min­utes played.

There was only one win­ner from there on it and it was Djuricin’s cool fin­ish when sent through on goal three min­utes later that se­cured the points.

“We started the first half re­ally well and got off to the per­fect start with the goal,” said Pre­ston boss Si­mon Grayson.

“I felt we were com­fort­able in the first half and had fur­ther chances to find the back of the net.

“In another game that would have been enough.”



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