Bees buzzing af­ter Odoi red rush

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Will Thomp­son

HAV­ING put to bed their ca­pit­u­la­tion in one West Lon­don derby ear­lier in the week, Brent­ford came from be­hind in an­other against ten­man Ful­ham.

“We showed peo­ple to­day what we are about,” said Brent­ford man­ager Dean Smith.

“I know they went down to ten men but we kept the ball very well and when we lost it we went and pressed and won it back.”

Den­nis Odoi saw red in the 53rd minute af­ter tak­ing down Ol­lie Watkins as the Brent­ford winger nipped past him, hav­ing been warned by ref­eree Bobby Madley that he was tread­ing on thin ice only mo­ments be­fore.

Ful­ham man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic was dis­ap­pointed with the dis­missal and Odoi’s lack of dis­ci­pline.

“He should have taken more care in this sit­u­a­tion,” said Jokanovic. “One moment we are try­ing to change the game and make a move­ment for the bench, but I could not change the play­ers af­ter that.

“This sit­u­a­tion was one of the most cru­cial dur­ing the game.”

Ful­ham took the lead in the first half as Ryan Fred­er­icks made a good break down the right and pulled the ball back for Neeskens Ke­bano, who was wait­ing at the back post to poke it home.

Brent­ford re­sponded five min­utes later as Watkins surged pow­er­fully through the mid­dle and laid the ball off to Sergi Canos, who cut in­side from the left and slot­ted the ball un­der David But­ton’s legs to equalise.

Smith said: “The sec­ond half gave them a lit­tle more be­lief in what we were do­ing – go and press them high and they’ll make mis­takes.”

The Bees did ex­actly that and took the lead as Ro­maine Sawyers smashed home a re­bounded shot off the post from Bar­bet af­ter waves of pres­sure from the home side.

Jokanovic ad­mit­ted his side did not be­gin the sec­ond half in the way he would have liked.

“We started sloppy,” he said. “The sec­ond yel­low card made it re­ally com­pli­cated for us as well.”

Asked if he was sur­prised at how Brent­ford changed the tempo of the game af­ter half­time, Jokanovic said: “No, not sur­prised at all. We know Brent­ford and Brent­ford know us.”

Tom Cair­ney hit the bar against the run of play just af­ter Brent­ford took the lead, which could have changed the dy­namic of the game com­pletely.

Jokanovic said: “We tried to show some kind of di­rec­tion, we pushed, we hit the bar, but we didn’t show enough en­ergy to change our sit­u­a­tion.”

Brent­ford man­aged to see out the game and Watkins se­cured the win af­ter 85 min­utes, much to the de­light of the home fans af­ter see­ing their team con­cede twice in the last two min­utes of Mon­day’s match against QPR.

Watkins, the out­stand­ing player on the day, reaped the re­wards of his hard work by tapping in a neat cross from Sawyers to seal the vic­tory.

Have lost more points from win­ning po­si­tions in the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son than any other team, Smith said: “It was good just to show we can hold on to a two-goal lead.

“We’ve got a great be­lief in what we do. There’s a great to­geth­er­ness at the whole football club.”

The home side leapfrogged their neigh­bours up to 11th in the Cham­pi­onship with the win and now sit only six points from the play-off po­si­tions.

PICTURES: UK Sports Pics

BLOND AM­BI­TION: Sergi Canos, sec­ond left, gets a hug af­ter scor­ing Brent­ford’s equaliser only eight min­utes af­ter Ful­ham had taken the lead

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