Cars­ley’s still not keen on job

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Michael McCann

LEE Cars­ley con­tin­ues to lead Brent­ford up the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, but the stand-in boss is stick­ing to his story that he’s not in­ter­ested in tak­ing the job full-time.

The lat­est in a string of suc­cesses at the helm came at the ex­pense of Not­ting­ham For­est, de­spite play­ing the fi­nal 20 min­utes with ten men.

Af­ter the im­pres­sive Sergi Canos put the Bees ahead shortly af­ter the hour mark, Har­lee Dean saw red for a swing­ing el­bow and Henri Lans­bury re­stored par­ity.

But sub­sti­tute Philipp Hof­mann popped up in in­jury-time to fire Brent­ford back to win­ning ways, only for Cars­ley to re­peat what he said fol­low­ing his first game in charge back in Septem­ber.

“No, I have not thought about putting my hand up for the job,” he said.

“The re­mit when I came was to im­prove our po­si­tion and I think we are do­ing that now.

“I think it is an eas­ier po­si­tion now af­ter this win for a man­ager to come in, that might well be my last game.

“I will be stay­ing on to help with the tran­si­tion be­fore re­turn­ing to my old role, we have play­ers com­ing back from in­jury and are in a strong po­si­tion.

“We played on the coun­ter­at­tack a lit­tle bit more af­ter the send­ing off but I thought it was really im­por­tant that we still car­ried a threat.

“Even with ten men I was really pleased with what we of­fered go­ing for­ward and I felt like we had shown enough to de­serve the re­sult. It’s the mod­ern game, you can­not raise your arms, you can­not give the ref an op­por­tu­nity to have to make a de­ci­sion and Har­lee did that.

“I think the ref­eree han­dled the game really well and the way the fourth of­fi­cial spoke to me dur­ing the game was good.”

Brent­ford goal­keeper David But­ton saved four times from Nel­son Oliveira in the first half, in­clud­ing an in­stinc­tive block to de­flect the ball over.

The Bees’ only no­table chances, mean­while, came when Alan Judge shot just wide from long range and James Tarkowski put a free header over from a cor­ner.

For­est started the sec­ond half brightly too, but their hosts led through Canos, the on-loan Liver­pool winger scor­ing just three min­utes af­ter com­ing on.

The 18-year-old poked home af­ter good work from Dean, whose far-post header back across goal in­vited the fin­ish from Canos.

Brent­ford were soon down to ten men, how­ever, when Dean was sentoff for a swing­ing el­bow on sub­sti­tute Jonathan Wil­liams, and things im­me­di­ately got worse.

From the re­sult­ing free-kick Lans­bury scored with a low shot into the far cor­ner – and For­est tails were up.

But the Bees re­sponded well to the ad­ver­sity and it was Canos who led a Bees break­away in added time that even­tu­ally saw Hof­mann ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touch to a goal­mouth scram­ble.

“I thought for 60 min­utes we were in full con­trol of the game,” said Not­ting­ham For­est boss Dougie Freed­man.

“I can­not be­lieve we are not ahead at half-time – then Brent­ford get a good spell for ten min­utes and take ad­van­tage of it to score.

“I thought the send­ing off in a strange way got them more compact and gave them that fight­ing spirit and for the last 20 min­utes we cre­ated our own prob­lems.

“That is no dis­re­spect to Brent­ford be­cause they hung in there and kept go­ing but I am dis­ap­pointed.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

CEL­E­BRA­TION TIME: Brent­ford cel­e­brate Philipp Hoff­mann’s late goal and Sergi Canos (inset) scores the Bees’ first goal

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