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Next match key to promotion - Rosler

7 April 2013

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler believes Wednesday's trip to Crewe will be key to his side's promotion chances following their 1-1 draw at Coventry.

Clayton Donaldson could have won it for Brentford, but sliced wide in the last minute having earlier teed up Harry Forrester for the equaliser after Carl Baker had given the hosts a first-half lead from the penalty spot.

The result saw Brentford slip five points behind second-placed Bournemouth. But asked if they can still win automatic promotion, Rosler said: "Yes we can but we have to win at Crewe. The performance was very good. It was another very good away game and I am very happy.

"We addressed the game differently to when we were at MK Dons. At MK Dons we played very high up and pressed them in their own half, but you can't do that in every game. The plan here was to let them come at us and use the pace of Clayton Donaldson. That nearly paid off with the massive chance he had.

"We started very well in the first 20 minutes in terms of performance, playing in their half and creating chances and then the game evened out, they got a little bit more control. We totally controlled the second half. They had two shots at goal from outside the box. We had a massive chance to win it late on, but overall I am happy with the performance."

Bees defender Harlee Dean was keeping Coventry out on his own with two goal-line clearances until he gave away a penalty for pushing Richard Wood. Baker converted for his 15th goal of the season, but the Bees were level within a minute of the restart when Forrester steered into the bottom corner from Donaldson's cross.

There were few chances after that until a loose ball fell to Donaldson yards from goal, only for the striker to mis-kick wide.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley said: "There are a number of positives to take from the game. The pitch made life very difficult for us because we work towards a certain way we are going to play, which involves quick passing and breaking the lines from there.

"But it was nearly impossible to get that rhythm because when the ball was coming back after a one-two it was sitting up and bobbling up, which made it difficult to make those passes we are working towards. The last two weeks have not been easy for the players when they have worked as hard as they have and then had the 10 points deducted, it is difficult.

"We had a situation where we were playing against a Brentford side going for automatic promotion with the bit between their teeth, in front of good travelling support, but I felt our players worked really hard to get a result."

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