Instant Reactions - Brentford v Bolton (13/1/18)
Following today's clash between Brentford and Bolton Wanderers, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Brentford hosted Bolton Wanderers at Griffin Park on Saturday January 13, with the host taking a two nil victory.
Florian Jozefzoon opened the scoring five minutes before the interval, and Brentford tied the game up in stoppage time as Neal Maupay found a second.
Bolton remain just a point ahead of the dropzone in the Championship, but Brentford's unbeaten run now stands at 13 home games.
Bentley, Yennaris, Mepham, Bjelland, Barbet, Woods, Mokotjo, Jozefzoon (Canos 77), Sawyers, Watkins, Vibe (Maupay 86).
MacLeod, McEachran, Camargo Hansen, Clarke, Daniels.
Alnwick, Little (Wilbraham 84), Wheater, Beevers, Robinson, Vela, Derik, Ameobi, Charsley (Buckley 55), Morais (Le Fondre 68), Madine.
A Taylor, Karacan, Darby, Howard.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Andy Davies blew the final whistle, Brentford head coach Dean Smith explained.
'At 1-0 I always felt very comfortable that we'd end with a clean sheet. They put a lot of balls into our box and were a threat at set-pieces so keeping the ball out of the back of our net means a lot. We've won four of our last five league games and have worked our socks off today. I'm pleased with that win because at 1-0 we didn't try to force it too much but stayed patient and disciplined against a physical Bolton side. Our game management has improved with experience since the start of the season and the boys have learned. We now have Romaine Sawyers playing at the top of his game and Kamohelo Mokotjo playing a higher role, and as they do the other boys follow.'
Bolton manager Phil Parkinson in his comparative interview explained.
'We got in a lot of good positions and I thought we deserved something from the game right up to the end, when we gambled and put three up top. The scoreline flattered Brentford but their goal just before half-time knocked us back a bit and gave them a spring in their step. Despite that, we had spells where we put them under real pressure and I think the fans who stayed and clapped us off at the end could see that. Brentford like to start quickly at home so we tried to slow the game down and silence the crowd, and I thought we did that very well and actually got on top of them. The aim once they scored was to stay in the game for as long as possible, which is what we did. The resources we have to work with compared to other teams means we are way off in terms of money, but in terms of character we are right up there, as we saw today. They are a great group of lads who give their all in every single game and I can't ask any more than that.'