Bees perfectly placed for play-off push

Croydon Guardian: Fired up: Brentford boss Uwe Rosler, right, is ready for action Fired up: Brentford boss Uwe Rosler, right, is ready for action

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has insisted his side are in the perfect position to strike for a League One play-off place.

The Bees followed up Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing of Bury with a 0-0 draw at Hartlepool United on Monday to stand just three points off the top six.

Rosler’s men are on the back of a six match unbeaten run – including five wins – with sixth-placed Notts County, managed by the German’s former Manchester City team-mate Keith Curle, the visitors tomorrow.

Defeat to the Magpies would not extinguish Brentford’s hopes of being involved in the end of season promotion lottery, but Rosler insisted his men were only thinking of winning.

“We are on a fantastic run and we are not even thinking about defeat,” he said.

“If you had said at the start of the season we would be in this position with four games to go, I would have taken that happily.

“We are not looking at how many points we need, we are just looking at the next game and then the next game after that.

“The teams like Notts County and Carlisle United, who have been in the top six all season, have more to lose than us.

“We are on the front foot, we have the momentum and this is a position we love to be in.”

Rosler, in his first season in the Brentford hotseat, has come in for some criticism from some sections of the Griffin Park faithful.

But the 43-year-old manager has called on the club’s fans to be his side’s 12th man – now, more than ever.

“I really hope the people of Brentford and west London really back the efforts of the team this weekend,” he added.

“We haven’t been out of the top 10 all season, which is a great achievement for a team in transition and with so many young players.

“The players deserve the support for this final push and the fans can be the 12th man.”

Meanwhile, Rosler has hailed the never say die attitude of star midfielder Jonathan Douglas after he defied a bruised ankle – suffered against Bury – to help secure a share of the spoils in the north-east on Monday.

“If you had seen his ankle after the game on Saturday you wouldn’t have thought he would have walked on Monday, let alone play,” he said.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Jonathan but he is playing because he has the belief we can achieve something this season.

“That point could be crucial for us at the end of the season.”

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