Assistant manager Alan Kernaghan felt the result was all that mattered as Brentford returned to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Stevenage.

Two goals of real quality from Tom Adeyemi and Marcello Trotta in each half saw the Bees record their first success in eight to stay in the play-off pack. Kernaghan hopes the win will provide the springboard for another lengthy unbeaten run like the one they put together before Christmas.

He said: "It was important to get the three points after a slight blip and now we will be looking to string a decent run together once again. We huffed and puffed a little and the pitch meant we couldn't play the kind of free flowing football we wanted but in the end we got a better result than we did when we've played better."

Adeyemi put the Londoners ahead just before the break when he cut in from the left to send a rasping drive into the far corner from the edge of the box. Trotta made sure of the points late on with a sublime curling effort from the corner of the box after a great ball from Adam Forshaw.

The Italian almost made it three seconds later but saw his clever near-post flick blocked at point-blank range by Stevenage keeper Chris Day. The clinical finishing was the main difference between the two sides, according to Stevenage boss Gary Smith.

He said: "We got in their box but couldn't execute. They got in ours and they did... simple as that."

He defended the controversial decision to drop Mark Roberts for the first time in his three-year Stevenage career, insisting he wanted fresher legs to combat Brentford.

"The bottom line is that is not an issue. The difference was that you have to hit the target to win games and we didn't do that," he said.

"We are at a stage now where you begin to look over your shoulder but we have a strong competitive unit here and they are all working full tilt to turn it round."

His side barely threatened Simon Moore in the Brentford goal, the closest effort being a Sam Hoskins header which was easily saved. Harry Forrester tested Day with a curling effort which lacked power late on and Clayton Donaldson blazed over deep into injury time.