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Brentford notched another impressive home win under the Griffin Park floodlights on Tuesday night to close the gap between themselves and the top of the table.

Mark Warburton needed to up the energy levels after defeat at Birmingham on Saturday… Jake Bidwell and Chris Long coming into the staring line-up, with Grey and Toral making way… The Bees were up and at ’em from the off and the side looked back on form.

Any fears that Chris Long may not have the presence the lead the line solo proved unfounded – the Everton loanee putting the Bees one up after just five minutes following a great turn and shot into the bottom corner and the free flowing football followed on from there. An impressive display for the youngster.

Intricate, stylish football from the home side was evident all evening as Huddersfield were made to look second best in almost every area… Harry Bunn’s equaliser was one of only a handful of threatening moments and, at the back, Moore and Tarky looking solid and confident coming forwards.

The confrontational reaction of Bunn following his goal baffled the home fans… as you will see on the video above and by listening to the Beesotted post-match podcast. The barrel chested Terrier’s forward standing and ‘offering out’ the whole home end was not only unprovoked and a random reaction, it actually fired up the home fans to get behind their side and to take extra enjoyment for the systematic dismantling of a very, very average Huddersfield side.

Brentford reacted well to the goal and it would appear that Warbs reminded his players they should shoot more often during his interval pep talk as, in the second period, the players notched three lovely goals and over-played the ball a little less.

The Bees deservedly regained the advantage following a wonderful Jota run, Long impressively smashing home the partially cleared loose ball… The third was a deflected effort from the boot of Alex Pritchard from outside the area that looped over the keeper, and the fourth arrived in added time when sub Jon Toral lashed home to put the cherry on the cake.

It was vital that Brentford bounced straight back from the St Andrews reverse, the result being all important, but the quality on show was a real shot in the arm, especially with a couple of other results going our way.

Brentford were head and shoulders better than Huddersfield, and with plenty of games against similarly ranked sides between now and the end of the season, that top six finish is becoming ever more of a reality.

Dave Lane

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