"Players need to react positively" says Fitzgerald

Last updated : 27 December 2006 By Smallsy
Following two games in four days Brentford manager Scott Fitzgerald learnt the hard way that the role of Bees manager is no more forgiving than his previous role as caretaker.

With Brentford having not won in an club record eighteen games, the manager has demanded that his players buck up their ideas,

"The result was embarassing."

"Not only was it a local derby but it was a vital game for us and I think we let ourselves down"

Reports from the ground yesterday suggested that Fitzgerald kept his players locked in the dressing room for over an hour following the 4-1 loss against The Lions. Upon being made the manager Fizgerald did suggest that changes would be made as soon as possible but he promised,

"I have been telling them a few home truths for weeks but we keep letting silly goals in and keep missing the target at the other end."

"But I knew the situation when I took the job and I am not just going to roll over. I was never relegated as a player and I don't intend to start as a manager."

"I could not have given any more in recent weeks and to be honest there has been improvement but I have told the players here that they've got Saturday's game and the game at Swansea to show me whether they see themselves as having a future here."

"I will give it everything - now we will see how many of them are prepared to do the same."