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Brentford manager Mark Warburton has hailed his side's quality after their 2-0 Sky Bet League 1 victory against Port Vale

11 January 2014

Brentford manager Mark Warburton has hailed his side's quality after their 2-0 Sky Bet League 1 victory against Port Vale, which was their 13th win in 14 league games and maintained their place at the summit of the division.

The new boss, who has a 100 per cent record in the six games since he took the Griffin Park hot-seat, survived his first mini-crisis with a 2-0 win over Port Vale.

He lost the spine of his side with four key players out injured and will nott have been pleased with his side's disjointed first 20 minutes.

But the Bees went through the gears and soon took control against a play-off chasing Vale side equally badly hit by injuries.

Goals either side of the break from Marcello Trotta and substitute Will Grigg eventually sealed the points and Brentford's 1,000th league win in an entertaining tussle.

"The first 20 minutes I thought we were a little sloppy and didn't take care of the ball and got too deep, but the players regrouped on the pitch and changed things," Warburton said.

"I thought we dominated the second half and the injuries didn't affect us at all. You don't win anything with 11 or 14 - it takes a squad to get you through the season."

But Warburton was disappointed at how Vale twice broke quickly after the interval with the score still at 1-0.

He added: "That happened a couple of times and we will have to have a look at why, but apart from that I thought we looked very comfortable.

"It was testament to the quality of the players we have in the squad that we could still look comfortable even with injuries to key personnel."

The result could and should have been settled far earlier, only breath-taking second-half saves by Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal denying shots from Trotta and Clayton Donaldson.

Before that Blackburn loan signing Alan Judge stung Neal's fingers with two dipping drives before Trotta gave the hosts the lead, turning on the edge of the box to rifle home into the bottom corner.

Donaldson thought he had sealed the points on the hour-mark when he got above Neal to head home, but the effort was ruled out to the anger of the Griffin Park crowd.

Brentford made sure of maximum points late on as the Londoners broke quickly and Jake Bidwell's left-wing cross found Grigg unmarked in the middle to drill home from 12 yards.

Bees goalkeeper David Button was not called into action, a glancing Tom Pope header early on the visitors' only real glimpse of goal.

Vale boss Micky Adams said he would be shopping in the transfer market to bolster his depleted squad.

"We may have to bring in one or two bodies because we had to rely on youngsters here," Adams said.

"I'd have preferred to have come here with a full squad, but regardless of that I didn't feel that we really got going and didn't really do enough going forward."

Adams added: "It was a fair result. They have some very good players and it was always going to be difficult coming here, but if you are going to lose a game at least we have had a go."

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