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Bees boss: Tremendous achievement

1 January 2014

Brentford manager Mark Warburton heaped praise on his table-topping players as a dream start to his reign continued with a 3-1 win at Peterborough.

The Bees bagged a fifth successive victory since Warburton succeeded Uwe Rosler at the helm when overcoming Peterborough.

Adam Forshaw's penalty, a smart Sam Saunders strike and Clayton Donaldson's clincher were enough to condemn their hosts to a third successive defeat.

Forshaw made no mistake from the spot in the 16th minute after Posh keeper had dashed from his line only to take down Saunders.

Donaldson steered a golden chance to double the visitors' lead against an upright before Posh levelled when Jack Payne's dipping 25-yard drive flew past David Button in the 33rd minute but parity lasted just three minutes as Saunders coolly restored the Brentford advantage with a smart, low strike from 20 yards.

Forshaw saw another penalty, awarded after Payne had pulled down Donaldson, saved early in the second half before Donaldson secured Brentford's 12th win in 13 matches in stoppage time by tapping in a Stuart Dallas cross.

Warburton said: "To pick up 15 points from these five games is a tremendous achievement.

"Our run of wins since I took charge is testamant to the ability and character of the lads in our dressing room. The lads should not fear anyone.

"Discipline was key. We had to look after the ball in difficult conditions and we can be very pleased with our performance.

"We were very dangerous at times and the only small criticism is that we didn't take more of the chances we created.

"I think Peterborough looked for more of a scrap in the second half and we had to avoid that."

Warburton expects to make "two or three, maybe four" signings during the transfer window.

Posh are also likely to dip into the market as they bid to arrest a slump which has seen them collect just eight points from the last 36 available.

But boss Darren Ferguson insists he feels no pressure. He said: "I don't think I should be under pressure.

"I know there will be fans calling for my head, but I'm one of the best managers this club has ever had and my record here stands up well.

"The challenge is to get out of this league and we have 22 remaining games in which to make that happen.

"The stats don't lie and it is obvious we are in a bad run at the moment, but we are not getting the rub of the green.

"We should have had three penalties in this game yet Brentford were given two, one of which was an absolute disgrace.

"People just need to stick with us and judge us at the end of the season."


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