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Warburton flying high after win

Brentford boss Mark Warburton was delighted after his side strengthened their title credentials with a 3-1 win over Crewe.

It took Brentford just nine minutes to open the scoring, with Judge netting his second goal for the club as he rifled home from the corner of the box after controlling Jon Guthrie's poor clearance.

It took Crewe until the 33rd minute to have their first shot of the game, with Mathias Pogba testing the David Button with a deflected shot that was comfortably saved.

But that was as close as they came in the first half, and they were lucky to go in only one goal behind as Brentford peppered Ben Garratt's goal before the break.

It was Judge who was the aggressor again, as he firstly saw one effort drop wide after taking a wicked deflection before Garratt made a superb save with his legs from the Irish winger.

In between, former Alex striker Clayton Donaldson came close, blasting over from inside the six-yard box following a goalmouth scramble.

After the break, Crewe looked to the up the tempo, with Aneke testing Button with a low, bobbling drive from 20 yards.

But in the 52nd minute Judge scored a stunning second to send the Brentford fans wild, unleashing a powerful effort that whipped into the top corner from 25 yards.

The Bees then went one better 10 minutes later, with Forshaw scoring the goal of the game, arrowing a 35-yard effort into the top corner to make it 3-0.

Crewe reduced the defecit shortly afterwards when Aneke converted a 70th-minute penalty, which was awarded for handball.

It ws no more than a consolation though and Brentford should have won by more, only for Garratt to save expertly from Forshaw and Donaldson.

Bees boss Warburton said: "I was having a go at them, we need to score some more simple goals!

"It was tremendous, the first half especially. Without being rude, we should have been out of sight.

"That's the only negative - it could have been a lot, lot more. Clayton Donaldson could have had a hat-trick.

"We need to be more clinical but some of the play throughout the game was extraordinary.

"These players have got to get their rewards. On and off the pitch, they are an outstanding group of players.

"Last year they didn't get their rewards that they should have got and this year I don't want that to happen again.

"They're working tirelessly and I think it's right that they go out there and finish those games off.

"They were chomping at the bit to play. They were ready. From the first whistle they were flying. We saw some very, very good football."