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Mark Warburton pleased with battling Brentford

26 January 2015

Brentford manager Mark Warburton insists his high-flying side will embrace the challenge of attempting to maintain a promotion push.

The Bees recorded a 2-1 win at Norwich City to move to within two points off the Sky Bet Championship summit - and Warburton insists they are there on merit.

"There is still a lot of football to be played but the fact is that we have played 27 games and we are just two points behind the leaders," he said.

"There is a lot of talent in the squad and they deserved to be where they are.

"How far can this group of players go? Well if they keep believing in themselves, who knows? Hopefully we can keep imposing ourselves on games like we did today and then see where that takes us."

Warburton was delighted with the performance of his team - and singled out match-winner Alex Pritchard and keeper David Button for special praise.

"I thought we played very well, right from the very first minute," he said. "We were purposeful and penetrative and looked after the ball well and I thought 1-1 at half-time was an unjust scoreline.

"Credit to the lads, they came out in the second half and continued to take the game to Norwich and we got what we deserved in the end.

"I thought Alex was excellent throughout. I have known about him since he was eight or nine and were delighted to get him on loan from Spurs and long may that arrangement last.

"As for David I think he is the best in the league, I really do. He just seems to get better and better and he made some really important saves today."

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