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Brentford boss Mark Warburton lays out points target

22 March 2014

Brentford boss Mark Warburton believes it will take 95 points to secure automatic promotion from League 1.

He set the target after seeing his side match their points tally from last season with a comfortable 3-1 win over Coventry.

But he insisted the Londoners are not interested in other sides' results, adding: "It is just about what we do.

"We have 10 games to go and you are going to need another 16 points, so if we can get them quickly then fantastic."

These three points were in doubt when Sky Blues striker Callum Wilson reacted quickest to Carl Baker's parried shot to stab the loose ball home after six minutes.

But the Bees hit back quickly with two goals in three minutes from Clayton Donaldson and Marcello Trotta midway through the half.

Warburton was not happy with the first-half display and said: "It was the worst we've been since December and it wasn't good enough.

"We were too deep in midfield and they pressed us high, but the second half was a completely different game. The only disappointment was that we didn't score more."

It took Alan McCormack's strike three minutes after the restart to seal the points, when he broke from half way to volley home past advancing goalkeeper Joe Murphy

Donaldson had equalised for the Bees when he coolly slotted home beneath Murphy after a slick four-man move.

And Trotta fired home from the edge of the box to make it two shortly afterwards.

The Bees should have been level earlier after Alan Judge was bundled over in the box, but his powerful penalty was brilliantly saved by Murphy.

The visitors were an attacking threat in the first half, Wilson curling a delightful chip just over the angle and home goalkeeper David Button palming John Fleck's long-range drive past the post.

The first-half showing left City boss Steven Pressley ruing his side's missed chances.

"We started ever so well and a lot of things we've worked on came off. We scored and had chances to add to it, didn't take them and then gave them three goals which were a little bit soft," he said.

"We have to toughen up. We are not winning enough tackles and going in with real intent."

He was also scathing of his loan players, adding: "I don't think it means enough to them. They are not feeling the hurt that I'm feeling and they need to do better.

"I have to see more from them and the lads whose contracts are up at the end of the season in terms of being more aggressive. That's not something you can coach - it has to come from within."

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