CLARETS RAID BRINGS BEES TO KNEES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

A dif­fer­ent Brent­ford side emerged af­ter the break and Judge pulled one back shortly be­fore the hour, glid­ing past Matt Low­ton be­fore fir­ing home a low strike, but there was to be no come­back.

The clash – and pre­ced­ing events – left a bit­ter taste in the mouth of Brent­ford boss Dean Smith and among a num­ber of frus­tra­tions, Burn­ley’s pur­suit of in-form mid­fielder Judge dom­i­nated his thoughts.

“The tim­ing is not great,” said Smith.“They could have been a bit more sub­tle.It is what it is.Their bid is nowhere near our val­u­a­tion.

“He’s fine. He gets on with his job. I’ve sat with him be­fore and he’s fully aware of the sit­u­a­tion. He knows Brent­ford have given him a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity.”

As for Tarkowski, the for­mer Wal­sall man­ager was not pre­pared to blame a slow start on his ab­sence.

“I told him I thought he was mak­ing a mis­take,” added Smith.“I like the lad but we some­times make de­ci­sions we re­gret and I think he may re­gret this one.

“It’s a dis­ap­point­ing saga but peo­ple have to re­mem­ber we are not run­ning a Jan­uary sale here. Play­ers will only go if the play­ers’ val­u­a­tions are met.

“But I’m not go­ing to make any ex­cuses or blame our first-half per­for­mance on that.

“We were too deep, made the pitch big for them, didn’t win se­cond balls and al­lowed them to hit di­ag­o­nal balls for Sam Vokes and An­dre Gray, which you just can­not do.”

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