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.
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