Boss praises principled Bees

Last Updated: 25/01/14 9:06am

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Mark Warburton: Applauds his Brentford players

Mark Warburton: Applauds his Brentford players

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Mark Warburton praised Brentford for "sticking to their principles" as they moved back to the top of League One with a 2-1 win over Gillingham.

The Bees made it nine home wins on the trot on a rain-soaked Griffin Park pitch thanks to a first-half Jonathan Douglas strike and a Marcello Trotta penalty.

The Italian stepped up to convert from the spot at the same end where he hit the bar in Brentford's infamous last game of the season against Doncaster.

Cody McDonald gave the visitors hope late on, slotting past David Button to set up a nail-biting finale.

Bees boss Mark Warburton said: "They were very difficult conditions but I was delighted with the way we kept trying to play football even as the pitch deteriorated. We stuck to our principles of playing football, worked ever so hard and got our rewards.

"We dominated for long spells so perhaps my only criticism might be that we weren't clinical enough. We have to learn from that, but to be honest the points were a reward for how hard we worked throughout."

Brentford always looked the slicker of the two sides in what was a typically robust derby clash.

"We knew what to expect from Gillingham and that it would be a very tough physical game in difficult conditions," he said.

Warburton hailed the ice cool head of Fulham loan star Trotta, who converted from the spot to banish his final day demons.

He said: "I never had any doubt that he would. He didn't banish his demons here though. He did that months ago.

"For a 20-year-old to step up under pressure like that you have to be a special kind of person. He is and I was delighted with the response of our fans after he scored."

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