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Rosler will make changes after draw

24 February 2013

Frustrated Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has vowed to make changes to his side for Tuesday's trip to Crawley after seeing the Bees stutter to a goalless home draw against Walsall.

Despite dominating the first half Brentford rarely looked like breaking down a resolute Walsall rearguard. The closest they came was when Saddlers defender Andy Taylor almost put into his own net but saw his volley bounce to safety off the upright.

Brentford's Italian striker Marcello Trotta twice created good chances for himself but visiting keeper Aaron McCarey was equal to both. And afterwards Rosler admitted it was two points dropped against the Saddlers, despite their record of winning six of their previous eight outings.

He said: "We needed a lot more energy and to play at a higher tempo. And that is something I will be looking at addressing at the next game. I will be definitely making some changes because we have to show a lot more energy.

"When you look at this game and the game against Bury you could easily say that we should have had four more points. But respect to Walsall who came and made it very difficult for us and looked to play on the counter."

That approach paid dividends when James Baxendale forced Simon Moore into a last-ditch save as Walsall started the second half the brighter of the two teams.

They could have been ahead as early as the fifth minute though when Andy Butler beat Moore in an aerial duel only to see his looping header cleared off the line by Bees skipper Jonathan Douglas.

Saddlers boss Dean Smith said: "This is a great point for us and I think a fair result. We played a lot of the second half in the Brentford half and even hit the post for them.

"The boys have done really well against a very good team because it was always going to be tough coming to a place like this with their home record. It's results like this that make us realise we need fear nowhere."

His striker Fabian Brandy was a constant threat for the visitors, who withstood a late barrage from the increasingly desperate Bees. Smith added: "We've got a very young back four but I wouldn't hesitate to put them in to any kind of situation. Today they showed that they can cope with the high quality players that Brentford threw on."

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