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Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis lauds brilliant Brentford

15 February 2014

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis was left talking up Brentford's title credentials after his side were on the wrong end of a 3-1 battering from the Sky Bet League 1 leaders.

A spectacular Alan Judge brace, as well as an even better strike from Adam Forshaw, propelled the visitors into a 3-0 lead before Chuk Aneke struck a late consolation for Crewe from the penalty spot.

Davis was full of admiration for Mark Warburton's side.

"We know we've come up against one of the best teams, certainly in this league," Davis said.

"Hopefully for them they get promoted. They deserve to with that group of players.

"They've got good players who can all play and are all comfortable in possession.

"Their movement is terrific - so you've got to keep concentration and at times we didn't.

"They're a good side. The have got better players than we have and are a better team than we are.

"We just thought we might be able to contain them.

"I thought that without playing well first half, we stifled them a little bit, stayed in the game and got done by a great goal, right in the top corner.

"We played a lot better second half, had a little go and got done by another 'worldie'.

"The third one was another one right in the top corner.

"I thought we defended well and attacked well in possession second half."

It took Brentford just nine minutes to open the scoring, with Judge netting his second goal for the club as he rifled home from the corner of the box after controlling Jon Guthrie's poor clearance.

It took Crewe until the 33rd minute to have their first shot of the game, with Mathias Pogba testing the David Button with a deflected shot that was comfortably saved.

But that was as close as they came in the first half, and they were lucky to go in only one goal behind as Brentford peppered Ben Garratt's goal before the break.

It was Judge who was the aggressor again, as he firstly saw one effort drop wide after taking a wicked deflection before Garratt made a superb save with his legs from the Irish winger.

In between, former Alex striker Clayton Donaldson came close, blasting over from inside the six-yard box following a goalmouth scramble.

After the break, Crewe looked to the up the tempo, with Aneke testing Button with a low, bobbling drive from 20 yards.

But in the 52nd minute Judge scored a stunning second to send the Brentford fans wild, unleashing a powerful effort that whipped into the top corner from 25 yards.

The Bees then went one better 10 minutes later, with Forshaw scoring the goal of the game, arrowing a 35-yard effort into the top corner to make it 3-0.

Crewe reduced the defecit shortly afterwards when Aneke converted a 70th-minute penalty, which was awarded for handball.

It ws no more than a consolation though and Brentford should have won by more, only for Garratt to save expertly from Forshaw and Donaldson.

Bees boss Warburton said: "I was having a go at them, we need to score some more simple goals!

"It was tremendous, the first half especially.

"Without being rude, we should have been out of sight.

"That's the only negative - it could have been a lot, lot more.

"Clayton Donaldson could have had a hat-trick.

"We need to be more clinical but some of the play throughout the game was extraordinary.

"These players have got to get their rewards.

"On and off the pitch, they are an outstanding group of players.

"Last year they didn't get their rewards that they should have got and this year I don't want that to happen again.

"They're working tirelessly and I think it's right that they go out there and finish those games off.

"They were chomping at the bit to play. They were ready. From the first whistle they were flying.

"We saw some very, very good football."

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