Don’t Judge Lee’s Bees just yet

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Bruce Archer

LEE Carsley warned his Brent­ford play­ers not to get too far ahead of them­selves de­spite an ex­plo­sive start se­cur­ing the Bees coach his first win as man­ager.

An Alan Judge dou­ble either side of Joe Mat­tock’s 25-yard thun­der-bolt se­cured the Bees their first win in four and moved them up to 19th.

But Carsley ad­mits he won’t en­joy the win for long with Wolves com­ing up on Wed­nes­day night.

Judge’s opener came in­side two min­utes as he looped into the top cor­ner from the edge of the box to give Carsley the dream start.

“We de­served this, we worked hard enough, the shape was good as a team and we got what we de­served,” Carsley said.

“We got off to a fan­tas­tic start, even from the kick-off we spoke about com­ing out and set­ting a tempo, and when you win the ball back from the kick-off you have the feel­ing it might be your day and the mo­men­tum can swing with you.It was just a great fin­ish from Alan Judge.

“On the op­po­site side to that, the start in the sec­ond half was very poor.

“We were just a lit­tle bit slow com­ing out of the block and that’s some­thing we’ll talk about Mon­day.”

Judge’s strike man­aged to calm the nerves in­side Grif­fin Park with the Bees los­ing their first two un­der Carsley and with three de­feats on the bounce.

Right-back Nico Yen­naris drove down the right and his cross was only half-cleared for Judge to meet it on the vol­ley.

But Brent­ford keeper David But­ton was called into ac­tion at the other end min­utes later when he tipped onto the cross bar and out for a cor­ner from Matt Der­byshire’s header.

The hosts set­tled and were neat, sharp and pen­e­tra­tive with their pass­ing.

They should have had a sec­ond when be­lea­guered striker Marco Djuricin could only fire at Lee Camp from in­side the six-yard box af­ter good work down the left from Chelsea loa­nee John Swift.

Rother­ham, who were dealt a blow in the warm-up when Danny Ward picked up a knock and had to be re­placed by Ai­dan White, looked rat­tled un­til Neil Red­fearn got them in at half-time.

The Rother­ham boss, in charge of his first game, ad­mits he’s got a lot on his plate to keep the side up af­ter see­ing them drop to sec­ond bot­tom.

“This is right at the be­gin­ning of a process, this isn’t go­ing to change overnight,” he said.

“But there were a lot of good signs for us. I thought the per­for­mance was OK.

“We’ve got to make our­selves harder to beat, and more clin­i­cal in front of goal. The keep­ers made some good saves, so there were some good signs.

“We’re still in the process of look­ing at things, and see­ing if th­ese play­ers need some help – we might have to look at that.

“By in large I wanted a per­for­mance to­day and to be fair I got one.”

Mat­tock’s strike at the start of the sec­ond half turned the game on its head as he ri­fled in from the left­side to stun the Grif­fin Park crowd into si­lence.

From there the Millers gained a foot-hold and looked to be on top un­til Judge’s header ten min­utes later sealed the points.

Brent­ford then man­aged to see out a jit­tery six min­utes of in­jury time and a late fight back from the vis­i­tors.

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