The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

For Wed­nes­day, it marks the end of a five-game win­less run that had threat­ened to de­rail their play-off push. For For­est, how­ever, it was a bru­tal il­lus­tra­tion of their lim­i­ta­tions.

“Fair play to Wed­nes­day,” said Freed­man, whose side have now lost five of the last six to lie just nine points above the drop zone.

“They played bet­ter than us.They were more clin­i­cal. They were quicker to the ball. You’ve seen what a £15m in­vest­ment can do. It’s turned them from a mid-ta­ble side into one in the top six. It’s was clear as day. They were a strong side and they caught us at a weak mo­ment. That’s why we came out se­cond best.” DEAN SMITH has shrugged off crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing a se­ries of be­low­par per­for­mances from Brent­ford.

The Bees boss was sub­jected to an­gry com­ments from sup­port­ers fol­low­ing de­feats to Charl­ton and Rother­ham in re­cent weeks.

He said: “I get crit­i­cism from my chil­dren so that's enough for me – I don’t need to be look­ing at so­cial me­dia.

“Peo­ple will have an opin­ion on what I do be­cause it’s in the pub­lic eye.”

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