Warburton targets a festive five for Bees to thank fans for support

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Leading the line: Striker Clayton Donaldson drew a blank on Saturday and the Bees needed Jonathan Douglas to seal the points                     Deadlinepix SP80753 Leading the line: Striker Clayton Donaldson drew a blank on Saturday and the Bees needed Jonathan Douglas to seal the points Deadlinepix SP80753

Brentford boss Mark Warburton thanked Bees fans for the reception they gave him on Saturday and is out to repay their support with a very happy Christmas.

The 51-year-old had Jonathan Douglas’ injury-time header to thank for a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic in his first game since his appointment as Uwe Rosler’s permanent successor.

The Bees, who replaced assistant manager Alan Kernaghan with ex-Sheffield United boss David Weir on Monday, bounced back from a disappointing FA Cup exit at Carlisle United last week to cement third place in the League One table ahead of the busy festive schedule.

Warburton was delighted to see his side extend their nine-match unbeaten league run in the wake of Rosler’s exit, and the former sporting director is after more over the closing weeks of 2013.

“My big fear was this run of form. It ended with defeat in the cup at Carlisle. Now we’re on a new run and have started off well,” he said.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

Getting away: Kadeem Harris in action for the Bees against Oldham

“Our target is the five games over the festive period. We’re now clear in third and all we can do is go about our business.

“The fans were tremendous. That was new to me, walking out in front of them.

“I can’t thank them enough for the welcome and you will have seen my cheeks flushing.

“I just hope we can deliver the attacking, creative football they want to see.”

Brentford travel to Preston North End this weekend knowing defender Tony Craig played a large part in the team’s swift return to winning form.

“Tony is an experienced professional, who has played a number of games at Championship level, and is a great talker in the dressing room,” added Warburton.

“If every pro was like Tony we’d have no problems in the game. He is an outstanding professional.”

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

Thank you: Mark Warburton was grateful to the support of the Brentford faithful

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