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Brentford boss Mark Warburton acknowledges Tom Eaves strike

1 February 2014

Brentford manager Mark Warburton was philosophical after watching his League 1 leaders concede a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at lowly Shrewsbury Town.

Warburton was frustrated his side - now unbeaten in 18 matches, winning 15 of them - failed to claim another victory, but he praised the Shrews for their efforts and also the quality of the goal they scored through by Tom Eaves' 15-yarder.

Warburton said: "That's football, isn't it? You have to compete and I thought we had a good second half. We got the lead we wanted, but credit both teams. They kept battling away and it was an outstanding goal to draw level.

"It's one of those things. We'll learn from it and move on."

Brentford took the lead in the 68th minute when Marcello Trotta converted the rebound after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Referee Mark Heywood had pointed to the spot after Alan Judge went down under a challenge from Ryan Woods.

"I thought it was a penalty, but I'm going to say that," said Warburton. "From my angle it looked a clear penalty. I haven't seen a replay yet.

"Their goal was a wonder strike, it was in the top corner. It is what it is."

Brentford remain two points clear in pole position with Warburton hopeful the Bees can continue in the same vein which has seen them avoid defeat since October.

"The players deserve it and the quality s there," he added. "They're an outstanding set of players with a great support team around them so we're in good shape.

"There's a long, long way to go, points to be earned etcetera and there's some tough fixtures. But right now we're in good shape."

Shrewsbury caretaker manager Mike Jackson, taking charge for the second time following the resignation of Graham Turner, was pleased to end a dispiriting run of six successive home defeats.

The goal from Eaves was the first time the Shrews had scored at the Greenhous Meadow in more than 10 hours of football.

Jackson said: "It wasn't a great day conditions-wise with the wind and the pitch was heavy but we're pleased with the point and I think we deserved that.

"I think it's just the start for us. I think we can play better than that and credit to the lads as they kept going."

Jackson added he was delighted to see Eaves, the striker on loan from Bolton, score his first goal in 10 games.

"It's about time, isn't it?" said Jackson. "Credit to him and he needed that because he's a confidence player.

"He showed glimpses last week at Swindon and I'm made up for him because it wasn't easy playing against them."

Jackson, whose side remain in the relegation zone, now wants this point to be the start of a much-needed revival.

He added: "We've got to go to Sheffield United now next week and use that as some sort of springboard. We've got to improve on that again."

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