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"A great game, edge of the seat stuff and a massive performance"

Royals boss reflects on a display full of passion that so nearly yielded all three points at Griffin Park

29 September 2018

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"The referee had a lot to deal with today and I'm sure he'll need a good rest this evening," manager Paul Clement smiled after an eventful end-to-end affair that ended all square at Griffin Park.

"It was a great game. Loads of passion. Edge of the seat stuff.

"This wasn't a game that merits being last on the billing order tonight when the highlights are played. That should be right up there. The atmosphere from both sets of supporters was fantastic - our fans were fantastic!

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"Our away form was good before today's game and if you're told you're going to get a point away at Brentford, you'd probably take it.

"But, a little bit like Blackburn away, we led again here and we've not managed to quite take all three points."

Brentford had not dropped a point at home all season so although Yoann Barbet's header salvaged a point for the Bees, the Royals became the first team to take points away from Griffin Park in 2018-19.

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However, injury time stood between us and a victory which would have seen us emulate Cardiff City in mid-March as the last team to win on Brentford turf.

"When you're leading 2-1 and the 90 are up...we come away disappointed not to have taken all three points - particularly because they had ten men on the field at the end.

"The momentum shifted to them even though they had the ten men, they pushed and pushed at the end. They are a good side, they use the ball really well and the sending off near the end didn't seem to affect them. 

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"But I'm very proud of the effort the boys put in - they put in a massive performance. It was filled with passion and I think you can see a mental shift in this team. The confidence is back and that is pleasing.

"They showed a good reaction after going 1-0 down early on. We know that Brentofrd are a really good attacking side and yet I thought for the entirety of the game we were very much in it. 

"I think we have turned a corner but we've got to keep it going, because it can soon go back in the other direction - after our win against Preston we took a backward step. We have got to make sure we keep taking forward steps.

"The ponts tally over the last four games is good. And when you get points away from home at difficult places like this, you've got to back it up at home. So we need to repeat the performance we put in against Hull when we welcome QPR to Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night."

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