Brentford Manager Mark Warburton hails side for the quality of their football in difficult conditions after 2-1 victory over Gillingham
Brentford Manager Mark Warburton said his team played some “really good” football in “difficult conditions” as they beat Gillingham last night.
The Bees picked up their tenth straight home win in all competitions with a 2-1 victory.
Jonathan Douglas put Brentford in front in the first half, turning home a Jake Bidwell cross, and Marcello Trotta made it two from the penalty spot.
Gillingham pulled one back almost immediately after Brentford’s second but couldn’t find a way through.
Persistent rain made an already wet pitch extremely heavy.
It cut up from the start and got worse as the evening wore on.
Mark called for Brentford to put more of their chances away.
But that was his only complaint as Brentford made it 14 wins from 16 unbeaten Sky Bet League One games and climbed back to the top of the table.
“We played some really good stuff on a difficult surface,” said Mark.
“There were difficult conditions weather-wise.
“We need to be more clinical and we will get our just rewards.
“Both goalkeepers had good games tonight.
“We were dominant and we need to put chances away, then the fans can enjoy the last ten minutes.
“Apart from that, I thought the boys were really good tonight.
“It is tough out there and it got harder.
“We had to take care with the ball.
“I want players to be creative in the final third but we have to take care in the first two thirds.
“There were a couple of loose balls in the first half but we tightened up in the second.”
Mark made one change from the team which drew 1-1 with Walsall last week.
He restored Shaleum Logan to right back, shifted Alan McCormack in to midfield and moved Alan Judge to the left side.
Will Grigg, who had played on the left at Walsall, was named as a substitute.
Mark said he wanted to bring more width and Alan Judge provided it.
“Will Grigg did really well at Walsall last week and I didn’t drop him tonight, I felt we needed the width of Alan Judge on the left playing at home,” said the Brentford Manager.
“I don't want to play Will out of position wide.
“He can do a job there.
“Alan Judge is an experience wide player and was very good tonight.
“He was tenacious and looked to attack good areas.
“That was why I played that team today.
“I always say it is a squad game and we can’t rely on 11 or 14.
“We have games coming up and we will have to dig deep in to the squad.”
Brentford’s first goal came when Jonathan Douglas, normally Brentford’s deepest midfield player, made a run forward.
After some interplay on the edge of the box the ball was moved out to Jake Bidwell and he cross for Jonathan Douglas to convert.
It was Jake Bidwell’s second assist in a week; he also set up a goal for Clayton Donaldson at Walsall with a similar cross.
“I didn’t ask Jonathan Douglas to be the deepest midfield player,” said Mark.
“I just want the hole filled.
“If Dougie goes forward one of Alan McCormack or George Saville fills in.
“Jake Bidwell is always the last on the training pitch.
“He is working on putting his crosses in.
“The goal at Walsall and tonight is testament to a fine young player.”
Brentford’s second came from the spot.
Marcello Trotta took a penalty for the first time since the final day of the 2012/13 season.
On that occasion, in the last seconds of the season, he hit the crossbar against Doncaster Rovers when a goal would have seen Brentford promoted.
This time, at the same end, he stroked it home.
Mark paid tribute to the supporters for their cheers when Marcello Trotta stepped up and said the striker was relishing the competition for his place.
“For a 20-year-old boy to show that type of temperament and character, it was outstanding,” said Mark.
“We can talk about the penalty but we can also talk about the fact he had a very good game.
“I am pleased for him and the team are really pleased for him.
“I hope very much the supporters are too.
“The fans recognised that it was a big hurdle to overcome for him.
“I was pleased with the supporters.
“You saw how important the support was tonight.
“If anyone at the Club is comfortable, they shouldn’t be here.
“Will Grigg playing well, Chuba Akpom on the bench, Clayton Donaldson being able to play down the middle, that puts pressure on Marcello to perform.
“I hope it is a good pressure.”
The attendance for the match, broadcast live on Sky Sports, was in excess of 7,700.
Mark praised the Brentford fans for turning out in horrible conditions.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the fans,” he said.
“The easy option tonight was to watch on TV.
“Their voice and support tonight was vital.
“The players feed on that.
“They want to please the fans.
“I hope they enjoyed the game and went home happy.”
Brentford’s next match is at home to Bristol City on Tuesday.
The Bees were without Harlee Dean, Adam Forshaw and Sam Saunders against Gillingham and Mark said Tony Craig may have broken his hand in the win.
Mark said he expected tough conditions on Tuesday, given the weather forecast, but work was already underway.
“We aren’t worried about what anyone else is doing,” said Mark.
“The work has already started for Tuesday.
“The medical team are working now.
“There will be recovery sessions on Saturday and Sunday and we will work again on Monday.
“Then we play on Tuesday.
“The weather forecast is for heavy rain.
“The pitch will be heavy.
“I could have made more substitutions tonight but I felt it was going well.”
Mark Warburton’s full post-match reaction is available here for Bees Player subscribers.