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Bees Stung At The Death – QPR 2 Brentford 2

Brentford once again contrived to, somehow, snatch what felt like a defeat from the jaws of victory at Loftus Road on Monday evening. The Bees had fought to build what looked like an unassailable lead in the West London derby thanks to a brace of clinical second half strikes from Lasse Vibe – but it wasn’t to be.

And as the fourth official held the number four aloft to signal injury time at the end of the match, nobody inside the ground, and certainly none of the thousands of QPR fans who’d already left, would have had one grain of doubt that a Brentford win was inevitable.

After 90 minutes, in which the Bees looked composed and in control for large parts, despite a backs-to-the-wall 15 minutes spell after we’d taken the lead and QPR went all-out long-ball, Brentford’s Achilles heal was sorely exposed once again – the long ball in to the area must be widely known to be our undoing and there it was for all to see on the television in glorious high definition.

All the solid, hard graft… all the lovely expansive, counter-attacking football, all the great finishing and justified celebrations… all undone AGAIN because our defence, whoever we pick, can’t deal with route one basics.

Daniel Bentley won’t be happy with his late decision making – there’s been some uncharacteristic clangers – but its on the training ground that something is fundamentally not working… and you can bet your bottom dollar that Fulham will be practicing punting it long between now and the weekend.

Injury time aside, Brentford did so much right and looked classy and in charge even as the away team – I certainly know which team I would prefer to be watching every week – and there are few QPR fans who think otherwise in fairness according to social media and the supporters we spoke to back in the pub after the game for the Pride of West London post-match podcast.

The blue seat count told its own story, the home fans had walked out unable to watch the inevitable… they may have missed a miracle/disaster in injury time… but they know the Bees had battered them 2-2.

Small comfort in the end, and a point is scant reward after having the game ‘in the bag’, but if there are any positives to be had, its that West London is still ours.

Dave Lane
@beesotted100

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3 Comments

  1. david welch

    Why oh why did Dean Smith take off Canos when he was the best player on the park and then also substitute Vibe when he was looking to get a hat trick. I naively thought that substitutes were supposed to improve a team not make it worse. If we were looking to shore up the defence then Mepham was the obvious choice to deal with the aerial presence of Smith.

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  2. BORU

    The Sky commentators quizzically noted the attack minded substitutions, by Smith, during the latter part of the game.
    Sadly, he just can’t get the tactics right; a Burton type shut shop, is the sensible ending to hold a lead, with minutes to go. Canos looked good to see the game out and Vibe had no visible problems. The only contribution Maupay made, was to clumsily foul and get booked.
    The goalkeeper for Brentford, was inferior to his QPR counterpart; what a fabulous diving save to deny a stunning Canos attempt on goal. The BFC goalkeeper, looked confused and erratic, flapping at straightforward catches or punches. Not for the first time: his manner bothers me, not humbled by his errors, but a visage of arrogance.
    QPR weren’t bad, considering their injury situaction. Kept battling and doggedly levelled; must have felt like a win for them, a defeat for BFC.
    Oh, and QPR deserved a penalty for handball.
    Smith will not get BFC promotion.

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  3. BerksBEE

    Got some sympathy with Deano. Bentleys fumble was a shocker which gave QPR hope when none was present and not the first time – think it is a cunning plan to avoid him being poached in the January Window! Watkins should have kept the ball a bit longer when he was at their end.

    Credit to QPR – “it aint over till its over!” Lets hope we have that bit of luck come our way.

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