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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Brentford boss Rosler gives the nod to keeper Lee before Carlisle Utd clash

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has issued a vote of confidence to keeper Richard Lee ahead of Carlisle United’s visit after his gaffe led to defeat for the Bees in their last outing.

Lee was beaten by a Steve Gillespie shot in the late stages of Brentford’s 2-1 defeat to Colchester despite seeming to have the effort covered.

It was a rare error from the in-form custodian but manager Rosler has thrown a protective arm around the ex-Watford man ahead of Monday’s visit of the Blues.

“Richard has won us many points this season,” Rosler said.

“We have to look at ourselves collectively before pointing the finger of blame, and mark better as a unit.

“We have to do better with balls into the box. After they had equalised, they looked like scoring from every ball they put in. Richard made some very good saves before they scored. He made a mistake, but things like that happen, and he still has my full confidence.”

Lee suffered the misery last season of missing out on the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against the Blues through injury.

His Wembley heartbreak features in his acclaimed book, Graduation, which reveals how the keeper turned to self-help and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to help him deal with mental anxiety.

The 29-year-old Lee reveals in the book how he nearly walked away from a career in football on several occasions.

Rosler’s side, meanwhile, have won just once in their last 10 games as their play-off push has stalled.

They have drawn five of those games but former Manchester City favourite Rosler has demanded better work at the back against Carlisle.

“That’s our problem at the moment – it looks like we have to score two or three goals at least to get the points,” said the German, who could welcome back key centre-half Karleigh Osborne from injury.

“We have to deal better with balls in to our box.”

JColman@cngroup.co.uk

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