UWE Rosler, the Brentford manager, is looking forward to their televised clash with Sheffield United this weekend and is demanding a big improvement on the last time his side visited Bramall Lane.
The Bees, who leapfrogged Danny Wilson’s side into second spot in League One after their late victory over Preston North End, lost 2-0 in the Blades backyard last term following second-half goals from Jordan Slew and Richard Cresswell.
Rosler said: “Every game will be like a cup final for us now but first I want to see how far we’ve progressed since the last time we went to United and lost comfortably.”
Brentford took full advantage of Doncaster’s draw and United’s loss at the weekend as a 93rd-minute Sam Saunders penalty secured a 1-0 win over Preston at Griffin Park. The game looked set to end in a goalless draw before Saunders was fouled by John Mousinho deep into added time.
“Preston are a different team under Simon but it was a definite penalty,” said Rosler. “If you keep working, keep the tempo up and have the kind of desire we had then the percentages of getting a decision like that increase.”
Bournemouth moved up to fourth after a tight 1-0 win at 21st-placed Oldham.
Brett Pitman’s 12th of the season sealed the three points but Oldham missed a late penalty when Jose Baxter attempted a clever finish that was easily saved by Cherries goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
Bottom side Bury lost 2-1 at home to 10-man Colchester, who had George Porter sent off after just four minutes.
Craig Fagan then put Bury ahead 25 minutes into the game but were behind just five minutes later as Michael Smith and Clinton Morrison turned the game in Colchester’s favour.
Walsall scored twice in the 90th minute to rescue a point at home to Crawley.
Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg struck late for Walsall after goals from Jamie Proctor and Paul Hayes had looked like being enough for Crawley.
Cody McDonald scored the only goal as Coventry beat relegation candidates Hartlepool at the Ricoh Arena and a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons saw Tranmere drop out of the play-off places.
Dean Lewington, Stephen Gleeson and Darren Potter gave Karl Robinson a good result at stadium:mk whilst Leyton Orient hammered 10-man Carlisle, running out 4-1 victors at the Matchroom Stadium.
Romain Vincelot and Shaun Batt put the hosts 2-0 ahead before Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was dismissed, with Kevin Lisbie scoring the resulting penalty. Matt Robson grabbed a consolation for the visitors, with Dean Cox adding the fourth for Orient.