Allen hails Bees
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manager Martin Allen is delighted with Brentford's start to the season.
Brentford manager Martin Allen is delighted with Brentford's start to the new season which sees The Bees sitting top of a fledgling League One.
Allen's side made it two wins out of two with a 3-1 win at Chesterfield, and the colourful manager reserved particular praise for Wednesday's match-winner, Isaiah Rankin.
Despite admitting that the 27-year-old failed to impress in Brentford's match against Scunthorpe, Allen hailed the player's work ethic which was ultimately rewarded with two well taken goals at Saltergate.
Allen said: "Isaiah didn't have a great game on Saturday and missed a good chance after two minutes.
"But he's got a tremendous attitude and is a great professional so I promised Isaiah that I would keep faith with him.
"I asked him to repay my faith and, God bless, when he scored that first goal, that was great."
Allen was also pleased with defender Sam Sodje (pictured), who opened the scoring for the Bees, but conceded that the player's celebration left a lot to be desired.
"That was a nice goal from Sam but I didn't really like the celebration, although my children will love it when they see the video.
"I'd prefer him to go back and get ready to defend the next attack," he added.
Chesterfield's Roy McFarland was concerned with less trivial matters after acknowledging that his side were outplayed for large periods of Wednesday's match.
He said: "I knew it was going to be a tough game and that is how it proved.
"A lot of people have written Brentford off after they fell away last season but Martin's added to his squad and made them stronger.
"They are very direct, the front two are a real handful and at times we found it very difficult."