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Mark Warburton praises Brentford’s grit in draw with Ipswich Town

9 March 2015

Brentford boss Mark Warburton paid tribute to the way his side stood up to Ipswich Town after the two promotion chasers played out a 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Both goals came in the first 25 minutes, Sky Bet Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy grabbing his 22nd of the season with just nine on the clock.

But Brentford were level when Stuart Dallas' volley was superbly parried by Dean Gerken and Jonathan Douglas headed the rebound into the empty net.

An enthralling encounter never let up with chances at either end, the best falling to Murphy who somehow scooped the ball over the bar from just four yards out with an empty net gaping.

With 10 games to go, neither Warburton nor Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy refused to look at the result as points dropped.

The Brentford boss said: "We have been in the top six since November - something that speaks volumes for my players.

"I thought we looked good when we got the ball down but this league is all about tough challenges.

"This is a very tough place to come, they are a fantastic club with an excellent manager.

"We are not a big physical team but the players stood up to Ipswich. I have told my players they are just 10 games from the Premier League, the promised land.

"We are in the home stretch and that's how they have to look at it. When we do what we do well, we are more than a match for any team in this league."

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