Brentford ace slams ‘disrespectful’ Middlesbrough ahead of crunch play-off clash

first_img Jake Bidwell 1 Middlesbrough have been labelled “disrespectful and unprofessional” by Brentford defender Jake Bidwell ahead of their play-off clash.The left-back and his team-mates have been made aware that Boro took their foot off the gas in their final match of the Championship season in a 0-0 draw with Brighton.The surprise scoreline ensured Aitor Karanka’s side finished fourth and faced the fifth-placed Bees in their first-leg match at Griffin Park.But the tactical stroke has riled the west London side who are now aiming for consecutive promotions at the expense of Boro.“There was a rumour going around but we tried to ignore it because you don’t think a club would be so disrespectful or unprofessional to do something like that,” Bidwell said.“But if they see us as the weakest of the teams that they could have faced then it is up to us to prove them wrong over the two games.“We just concentrate on ourselves. If they think we are the weak link, we have been proving everyone wrong all season.“Everyone had us down to be relegated and we quickly put that to bed, so it’s just another challenge and an obstacle for us to overcome.”The 22-year-old joined Mark Warburton’s side in 2011 from Everton, initially on a one-month loan.He has now made over 150 appearances for his permanent club but surprisingly, for a one-time Leighton Baines protégé, he is yet to score a goal.“It is about time I got a goal,” he said. “Anyone who has come down to training the last couple of weeks will have seen me out with the strikers doing extra shooting practice.“I would like to say I have come close a few times this season and hopefully I am saving it for a big game.”last_img

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