Douglas: Brentford promotion is reward for ambition

Douglas: Brentford promotion is reward for ambition

We're up: Brentford celebrate after Saturday's 2-0 win over Stevenage at Griffin Park

General: Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas has only been booked three times this season

Lap of honour: Brentford legend Kevin O'Connor, centre, leads the way as the squad soaks up the party atmosphere at Griffin Park

On target: Midfielder Alan Judge fires home Brentford's second goal on Saturday

First published in Sport This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Midfield general Jonathan Douglas is happier than most Bees players because reaching the Championship feels like the realisation of a dream.

Boss Mark Warburton’s men will celebrate promotion in front of a full house at Griffin Park tomorrow when they welcome relegated Stevenage on the season’s final day.

Douglas, who has Premier League experience with Blackburn Rovers under his belt,  joined the Bees from Swindon Town in 2011 when he was signed by former Brentford boss Uwe Rosler.

The former Leeds United man was convinced to move to west London by the ambition of the now Wigan Athletic boss and Bees owner Matthew Benham.

And Douglas admitted finally seeing that ambition come to fruition made the hardwork worthwhile.

“When I signed I could see the old manager was ambitious,” he said.

“He wanted to get the club promoted and you could see the owner was ambitious too. There was a plan from the start and it has come

“Every player wants to go a step higher and play at the highest level they can.

“It is great to get there.”

Goals from Stuart Dallas and Alan Judge saw Brentford beat relegated Stevenage 2-0 at Griffin Park on Saturday to put the seal on a League One promotion.

And Douglas, booked only three times this season, reckoned the squad had been taught a lesson by a 4-1 defeat at Colchester United the previous week that would prove invaluable in the Championship next term.

“We didn’t turn up and we got what we deserved,” he added.

“It is something we can take with us in to next year.

“We have to have all 11 boys on the pitch on top of their game and giving their all if we are to do anything next year.

“It is certainly a timely reminder before we break for the summer.”

Brentford legend Kevin O’Connor reached the 500 appearance milestone at the weekend.

And Douglas, who reckoned his experience will be very much required next term, revealed the whole squad was delighted for the veteran.

“We’ve got a lot of young players in the squad who know no fear, but we also have a lot of experience too – people who have played at that level and in front of those sort of crowds,” said the Irishman.

“Kevin has been there and done it all. Every player at the club looks up to him.

“So many appearances is a great achievement."

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