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Thursday 8 December 2016

Warburton: Bees mean business in play-off

Brentford's Mark Warburton
Brentford's Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton has warned Middlesbrough that Brentford are not in the Championship play-offs to make up the numbers.

The Bees take on Boro in the first leg at Griffin Park tonight having already lost home and away to the Teessiders this season, conceding five goals without finding the net themselves. There were rumours that Boro did not push for a winner late on in their goalless draw against Brighton on the final day of the season as they preferred to face Brentford, who finished fifth, rather than sixth-placed Ipswich.

But Bees manager Warburton said: "If a team wants to play Brentford, then great. If they beat Brentford, that is justified. If they don't, then what goes around comes around.

"Anybody would use the right tool to motivate the players but they are not fools. We are never going to underestimate Middlesbrough or show them a lack of respect.

"But I'm sure they will be well aware of us as well. They will recognise they were fortunate to get away with a 1-0 win at Griffin Park and will show us respect."

Win or lose, tonight will be Warburton's last match at Griffin Park as Brentford's manager.

He is leaving at the end of the season, even if he guides the Bees to the Premier League, after a disagreement with owner Matthew Benham about the club's new recruitment policy.

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