Mark Warburton believes his Brentford side sent out a powerful message to the rest of League One by comprehensively beating promotion rivals Preston North End.
The Bees made it nine wins out of 10 at Deepdale with a 3-0 triumph while leaders Leyton Orient were beaten by Crawley and second-placed Wolves were held at Rotherham.
It sees the gap at the top reduced to just one point as a Boxing Day clash with Swindon approaches and Warburton was walking tall after this afternoon’s stunning result.
“It sends out a powerful message,” Warburton said. “We came and we did a good job and the boys have got a lot of belief now.
“We had a plan going into the game and the players had to show discipline and character to implement that. All credit to them because they did that and we moved the ball quickly and worked the channels. We got the two goals and I was really pleased that they kept going for the third. I thought we dominated the game.”
Goalkeeper David Button, who has had his fair share of criticism since arriving at Griffin Park, made a second-half penalty save to kill of a Preston fightback.
Warburton believes the shot-stopper is responding well to the pressure placed on his shoulders by backup keeper Richard Lee.
“He was tremendous,” Warburton said of Button’s performance. “The only way you learn is from making mistakes. He’s got Richard Lee and the boys behind him, pushing him, and Richard Lee wants that jersey.
“He’s got that pressure behind him and he’s dealing with it. The goalkeeping coach has done a great job with him. For me, he was outstanding.