The Bees were forced to share the spoils with Burton Albion in a frustrating evening at Griffin Park, a game in which the whole team struggled against the Brewers’ parked bus mentality, which was a big disappointment after the defeat at Cardiff on Saturday.
All Bees fans were expecting the reds to bounce back with a win – Burton have struggled again this season, and on recent showings, the Bees should have had what it took to add another win to their tally. But it wasn’t to be.
Brentford started unchanged, but despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, and being on the front foot almost throughout, it was a struggle to watch at times – with several key players falling short of what was expected – and the trademark long ball defensive frailties ultimately costing us points again.
There were a few boos at half time, but a piece of magic from Florian Jozefzoon on 54 minutes that saw his 25 yard free kick curl deliciously into the top corner, looked to be enough… but it wasn’t to be.
Despite looking the better team, even below par, one goal was a fragile lead – and the long punt into the box that found the head of Ben Turner underlined that fact… Dan Bentley looked to be caught in two minds and the small band of Burton fans behind the goal had something to celebrate.
Burton sensed a real upset after the goal and become more adventurous, thankfully, the evening didn’t get any worse… and as you will hear in the Beesotted Pride of West London Post Match Podcast, there were some frustrated fans traipsing out of Griffin Park at the final whistle.
Dean Smith admitted after the game that he should have missed things up after defeat at Cardiff, and some were questioning his decision to replace both Ryan Woods and Nico Yenaris early in the second half, with Romain Sawyers looking ineffective, so I think we’ll see things shaken up for the visit to Queens Park Rangers next Monday night.
Tuesday was certainly the poorest performance of the season so far and it really was a wasted opportunity to make further strides up the league.
MORE RECENT CONTENT
MOST READ CONTENT
Next up - a trip to Yorkshire for Brentford - hoping to make it three wins on the spin against a Leeds side without a win since Boxing Day. Billy Grant caught up with Ryan Wilson (@RYAN_PIGEONS) from Proper Sport Station (@ProperSport) to talk Heckingbottom, Leeds'...read more
I’m not going to Leeds United this weekend. As a hardcore Brentford fan, it really pains me to admit that I won’t be off to my beloved Yorkshire (I love going to Yorkshire) on one of my favourite awaydays. But after examining the prices that Leeds were charging away...read more
A mere 24 hours after The Bees’ magnificent win over Birmingham City, three Brentford fans – Dave Lane, Marvellous Matt and Robin Hood – reconvened at the Prince Blucher on Twickenham to chew the fat over the previous nights game, have a little sing song, weigh up our...read more
Brentford produced a classic night’s entertainment under the Griffin Park floodlights on Tuesday evening – slamming five goals past hapless Birmingham City and sending the trio of ex-Bees back up the M40 with the sound of humiliation ringing in their ears. Goals from...read more
Steve Cotterill has revealed that he wants Birmingham City to replicate Brentford - both on and off the pitch. In effect, he really wants The Blues to be The Bees. The Birmingham manager (not the head coach - so already off on a wrong foot here) has said that he...read more
Birmingham visit Griffin Park on Tuesday night in a game which could prove to be pivotal for both teams. Birmingham need the points to avoid falling back into the relegation trap door. Whereas Brentford, being only 5 points off the playoffs, need three points to get...read more
Derby County’s ‘agricultural’ playing style at Griffin Park earlier this season really frustrated Brentford fans who were stunned that one of the division's biggest spenders and most illustrious clubs had resorted to such extreme negativity in the 1-1 draw. Whether it...
With the transfer deadline looming and one or two Brentford players having to make decisions about their futures at Griffin Park, we thought it would be interesting to delve into the brand new Big Book of Griffin Park again and contrast how transfer negotiations have...
Griffin Park has witnessed many things in its long and eventful history, and although time is running out for the old girl with the new stadium about to be built, we all hope there’s some significant history yet to be made at our proud old home. However, I can’t see...
The most significant event to happen at Griffin Park after joining the Football League in 1920 was, without doubt, the appointment of Harry Curtis as the club’s manager – some may even go as far as to say it was the most significant moment in the club’s entire...
Ex Brentford striker Bob Taylor joined the Beesotted crew, Marcus Gayle, Kev O'Connor and a room full of Brentford fans at the Fullers’ Brewery for the traditional end of year Bees-Up. A hilarious evening in which he told of his partnership with Nicky Forster as one...
Brentford's impressive home record to date this year, despite several 'wish-we-could-have-avoided' draws against 'teams-like' opposition, is something we all hope continues for the rest of the season, however, the 2017/18 run hasn't got a patch on events from 88 years...