Brentford fans were left scratching their heads (again) and searching for yet more excuses as to how another dominant Bees performance was not rewarded with a victory – but it was a case of the same old, same old – Dean Smith’s side simply weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal despite creating ‘umpteen chances, then undid all the good work with a careless error.
You could insert the opening paragraph from pretty much any Beesotted match report from this season here – ‘the Bees opened brightly’, ‘some lovely one-touch-flowing football’, ‘had the opposition on the ropes almost from the first whistle’, ‘if it wasn’t for a finger-tipped save from…’ – and despite taking a well deserved lead after a brilliant move that was finished off by our man of the match, Josh Clarke, it was clear that a second or third goal was going to be required to finish the job off. A goal that never came. Deja vu is becoming tiresome now.
In the first half Brentford oozed class – again, the football served up was excellent and the positives included Bjelland having his best game for the club alongside Egan, Clarke’s tireless running and Makotjo and Woods working well together in the middle of the park – however, a miss by Watkins and a penalty appeal that was waved away by the referee had us all thinking ‘is that going to come back and haunt us?’ Yes, would be the answer to that.
Reading upped their game after the break, while Neil Maupay ran his little legs off without being given the right service from midfield – Woods, for all his brilliance and trickery in keeping possession and always being available, lacks the ability to deliver the killer pass too often – and the delivery of Jozefzoon and Watkins was a lacking at crucial times. Florian also missed a one-on-one that should have wrapped the win up before Reading produced a sting in the tail – Maupay was left visibly angry that a pass to him may have been a better option.
Some may say that Reading’s penalty was a weak one to concede, after watching the replay several time now, you have to ask how and why we conceded that – and with the game levelled, there was a genuine concern that The Royals would go on and win the clash. They shaved the top of the cross bar with a long range effort, but thankfully did no more damage to Brentford’s already wobbly start to the season.
As I said at the start… and as Brentford fans said on the Beesotted Pride of West London post-match podcast (click link above), yet more head-scratching and yet more excuses were induced from a game that should have been wrapped up at half time.
We still have to take comfort in the confident, attacking play, and we have to resssure ourselves that, if we carry on playing like we are, the tide will turn – but nothing is a given at this level, and that first vital win may still be a few weeks away unless we get clinical in front of goal. But that’s clearly easier said than done at the moment.
MORE RECENT CONTENT
MOST READ CONTENT
Brentford are set to launch a bid to steal £10m rated striker Peter Crouch from Stoke City under the noses of West London rivals Chelsea according to Beesotted’s clickbait correspondent “The Man in the Pub” In an astonishing exclusive, which could only normally have...read more
Brentford fans have done themselves proud ahead of the trip to Reading this weekend – the Bees will walk out to take on the Royals with a packed away end of 3,000 supporters ready to roar the team on. Three thousand is a tremendous effort, and although Reading is a...read more
Brentford were feeling chipper after swerving the potential banana skin aka Bolton - going out 2-0 winners to their Lancashire rivals. Reading were next up for the Bees. The Beesotted crew were back in their favourite haunt - a very lively Cross Keys pub in Stamford...read more
Three thousand Brentford fans are due to make the short hop, skip and a jump down the M4 motorway to The Madjeski Stadium, Reading to support their team who – after a small blip at the beginning of the year losing in the league to leaders Wolves and 2nd Division Notts...read more
Like many Bees, I’ve been studying the Championship League table at length over the past 72-hours, and it certainly makes for exciting viewing when you compare it to the fixture list in coming weeks – and unless the squad gets ravaged this transfer window – there’s...read more
On The Pitch Goals in either half from Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay maintained Brentford's impressive Championship home record - 10 games unbeaten- against a battling Bolton Wanderers side in an entertaining 2-0 win. This was Brentford's fourth win in five games...read more
On the last leg of his Eastern Tour, Billy Grant reports in from Hong Kong where things have been hotting up on the Brentford transfer front - with five players signed so far and one or two other new players on the horizon. But does that also mean that Bees players...
(AUDIO) Beesotted’s Exclusive Look Behind Brentford’s B Team with Kev O’Connor, Dean Smith & Rob Rowan
When Brentford closed their academy and decided to focus their development interests on a smaller group of older (17 to 21 year old) players - the Brentford B team - there were sharp intakes of breath all around. The academy was one of the flagships of a...
Brentford celebrate a wonderful landmark this weekend, with the home fixture against Barnsley marking the club’s 4,000th League game. Beesotted have produced this video to mark the occasion, using images from throughout the club’s proud history, which give a real...
In a recent Beesotted PrideOfWest.London podcast, the structure of Brentford’s current scouting and recruitment system was raised. It became immediately obvious that no one around the table had any real idea of how our recruitment process worked. Who scouts our...
We think it is fair to say - after the heady heights of reaching the play-offs last season, this campaign hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Yes, we can look back at the fact that most people would have been happy with survival last season, but in the end we did far, far...
Billy Grant and Dave Lane caught up with Mark Warburton less than 48 hours after the club officially announced that the pair were to leave the club, along with Frank McParland, at the end of the season. Beesotted tried to get to the bottom of a lot of questions flying...