Brentford travelled to Molineux on Tuesday evening on a bit of high after a thrilling Christmas schedule had delivered a three out of three haul, however, in Wolves, the Bees came up against the most complete team in the Championship, a team destined to win the title this season. It was one hurdle too high for Dean Smith’s players.
To their credit, the Bees took the game to Wolves as best they could, and there was no intention of trying the park the proverbial bus at any stage in what proved to be an end to end encounter.
The Bees looked bright, especially in the first half, but all the slick approach play and intelligent passing, ultimately came up a gold coloured brick wall, while at the other end, Dan Bentley was forced into a string of fine saves to keep the scores level at the break.
Wolves went for the jugular after the interval and two goals in as many minutes just before the hour mark – a great free kick by Neves on 57 and stonker by Barry Douglas – pretty much killed off any realistic chance of at least a point for Brentford. The third, by (the fake) Jota with ten minutes to go, a more scrambled effort from a corner, was no more than Wolves deserved to be honest. On another night, or with another goalie between the sticks, the Bees could have been on the end of a real hiding.
That’s not to take anything away from Brentford, we just came up against THE team of the Championship at the end of a tiring, yet otherwise perfect Christmas… and there’s no need to get disheartened either. Bees fans were in philosophical and honest moods after the match, as you will hear in the Beesotted Pride of West London post match podcast (link above).
We’ve now seen the standard required to WIN the Championship… there are no other sides in the division up to that level and we have nothing to fear in taking our game to the rest and building on the positivities of the past month. The Bees are perfectly poised for a real play-off push and we have nothing to fear when playing any side from here on in.
January will be an interesting month… the transfer window is open, Marcondes and Judge will come more to the fore, we may lose on or two, but with the FA Cup providing a welcome distraction this weekend, the team can regroup and lick their Wolves wounds and get ready to go again in the Championship when we take on Bolton at Griffin Park.
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