The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stephen Thirkill

BUR­TON boss Nigel Clough slammed his side’s un­char­ac­ter­is­tic de­fend­ing af­ter the Brew­ers chucked away three vi­tal points.

Al­bion led Brent­ford 3-1 go­ing into the break thanks to a su­perb firsthalf dis­play which saw a Marvin Sordell dou­ble and a Cauley Woodrow goal can­cel out Sergi Canos’ early opener.

But the Lon­don­ers smashed in four goals in a dom­i­nant sec­ond half to end Bur­ton’s six-game un­beaten run and leave them just a point above the drop zone.

Clough said: “It was not like us at all to de­fend like that and it has cost us two im­por­tant points.

“We needed to be stronger and to be ready for them com­ing out strong like they did af­ter the break.

“We have to man­age the game bet­ter than that and learn from it. We have been on a good run lately and we will con­tinue to fight very hard for ev­ery point un­til we are safe.

“We had chances to make the game safe but it wasn’t to be. It is very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We are a team that al­ways fights hard and we have many cup finals ahead now. We will con­tinue to be­lieve in what we are do­ing and fight­ing to stay up.”

Mean­while, Bees boss Dean Smith praised his side’s fight­back and their be­lief.

“We did not give up and we got our re­wards,” Smith said.

“We were very poor in the first half and we spoke about it and said it was not good enough and not some­thing that I will ac­cept from th­ese play­ers.

“I de­manded a re­sponse and that is what I got. I am re­ally pleased for the lads and the fans.

“We had some real qual­ity in the sec­ond half and to come back in the way we did is fan­tas­tic.

“We showed what we can do in the sec­ond half and I hope we can build on that in the next game.”

The Bees stung Al­bion when Canos volleyed home fol­low­ing a swift counter-at­tack on ten min­utes.

The goal left the Bur­ton fol­low­ers fum­ing at ref­eree Andy Madley af­ter he waved play on dur­ing the build-up with Kyle McFadzean in­jured on the floor.

But the Brew­ers showed they are made of strong stuff and lev­elled when Sordell headed home from a cor­ner on 21 min­utes. And Sordell got his sec­ond of the game just two min­utes later with a car­bon copy of his first as the Lon­don­ers again failed to deal with a cor­ner.

Woodrow slot­ted home beau­ti­fully from a 25-yard free-kick on 43 min­utes as Bur­ton took a firm grip on the match.

But Brent­ford mounted a stun­ning sec­ond-half come­back with Lasse Vibe fir­ing home on 51 min­utes to get the party started.

And the Bees were level when Canos took ad­van­tage of a de­fen­sive blun­der to round Jon McLaugh­lin and score for a tight an­gle.

Brent­ford came ag­o­nis­ingly close to hit­ting the front when Flo­rian Joze­f­zoon had a goal-bound shot cleared by John Bray­ford mo­ments af­ter com­ing on.

Woodrow missed a great chance to re­store Bur­ton’s lead on 75 min­utes as he could only fire wide with the goal gap­ing.

And Bur­ton were made to pay when Vibe turned home Joze­f­zoon’s cross to put Brent­ford ahead on 85 min­utes.

It was game over a minute later when Jota slot­ted home from close range to net a fifth and leave the Brew­ers flat.

PIC­TURES: Richard Holmes/ProS­ports

BUZZING: Brent­ford for­ward Sergi Canos celebrates and, in­set, Jota en­joys the Bees’ fifth

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