The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Harry Nightin­gale

CARE­TAKER boss Lee Carsley ended a half cen­tury of hurt for Brent­ford fans against their lo­cal ri­vals QPR on Fri­day night, but in­sists he is still not the man for the job full-time.

Marco Djuricin’s sec­ond-half strike not only se­cured the Bees their fourth-straight Cham­pi­onship win, but also a first vic­tory over QPR since tri­umph­ing 6-1 back in Au­gust 1965.

But de­spite this im­pres­sive record and his­tory-mak­ing mo­ment, Carsley ad­mits he still has no plans to be­come the per­ma­nent Brent­ford man­ager.

“We were al­most spec­ta­tors within the game our­selves first half, and this is a great hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment. You want that pas­sion,” said Carsley, who was pro­moted from his role as de­vel­op­ment squad man­ager fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen.

“But in the end I thought it was a great night for us.

“The fact QPR are a former Pre­mier League team and we haven’t beaten them for so long.

“But we’re still let­ting crosses and shots go when they should be blocked, and we rode our luck at times in the first half.

“The main thing for me was to get the be­lief back for the lads. They weren’t do­ing them­selves jus­tice at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. All the things they weren’t do­ing – they’re do­ing now.

“As a coach I’d love to say we’ve put on mind-blow­ing ses­sions – but it’s about the play­ers. My coach­ing ca­reer has come early. Man­age­ment is on the hori­zon.

“It’s a big job at Brent­ford – push­ing for the Pre­mier League. It’s not a first­timers job, it’s not a have-a-go and see how you get on. It de­serves a man­ager who has a proven track record and I’m nei­ther of them.”

It could have been an en­tirely dif­fer­ent story as QPR were, twice, a lick of paint away from open­ing the scor­ing in the first half.

On both oc­ca­sions it was Mas­simo Luongo who was de­nied, first af­ter he headed a Matt Phillips cross against the bar be­fore strik­ing the post with a curl­ing ef­fort.

But what­ever Carsley said to his troops at the in­ter­val ap­peared to work as the Bees started the sec­ond­half much brighter.

Djuricin’s fierce shot was palmed away by QPR goal­keeper Robert Green and John Swift fired the re­bound wide.

QPR were still a menace at the other end as David But­ton did well to keep out Phillips’ pow­er­ful header.

But on 56 min­utes the hosts were ahead as 22-year-old Djuricin, on loan from Salzburg, fired home from an Alan Judge cross for his fourth league goal of the sea­son.

QPR’s top scorer Char­lie Austin came on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute af­ter a month out with a ham­string in­jury, but was un­able to make an im­pact as Brent­ford leapfrogged QPR in the ta­ble.

Chris Ram­sey has led QPR to just two wins since Au­gust, but the Rangers boss is re­fus­ing to rule out a pro­mo­tion charge as he be­lieves it is sim­ply a mat­ter of time be­fore his troops be­gin to click.

“You have to take your chances when you get them and we didn’t do that,” he said. “When you go away and play in this league you have to play ugly and some­times we are be­ing too naive.

“We gave the ball away cheaply for their goal, we went for a counter-at­tack and they ended up scor­ing.

“The fans want the brag­ging rights and we feel sorry for them.

“They gave us sup­port and un­for­tu­nately we haven’t been able to give them the three points.

“From my point of view, when you are in this seat you have to abide by what the own­ers want you to do. “When we get more set­tled I’m sure we can put a lit­tle run to­gether and hope­fully be up there.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

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