Brentford slammed four goals past a bewildered Derby side on Good Friday, in another game in which the Bees demonstrated what they are capable of, and gave a further glimpse of what an exciting season we could have in store next campaign.
The hosts restricted play-off chasing County, and after a save from Dan Bentley’s legs when David Nugent was cleverly played through, there really was no looking back.
Jota was almost unplayable and drifted around the pitch at will, with Canos causing similar problems… and after going close on a couple of occasions – Canos blasting over and Jota frustrated by a decent Carson save – it was Lasse Vibe who broke the deadlock when he reacted first to a blocked shot.
The Bees were once again at their fluid best and Derby were quite literally chasing shadows for long spells of the first half. Harlee Dean was magnificent – his partnership with Barbet really looks to be a solid one right now – especially at Griffin Park.
Derby came into it a little more after interval but Brentford always look dangerous and creative on the break as the three late goals proved. Jota made it two-nil with a deft shot that completely wrong footed Carson – the former England stopper beaten at his near post – and Vibe repeated the trick after seeing an earlier move almost finding the net.
Jota was then back to his ‘last minute’ antics following an outstanding move in which he knocked the ball one side of Richard Keogh (completely taking the pee in all honesty) then ran around him to finish off in the most delicious way to send Griffin Park crazy.
As you will hear in the Beesotted Pride of West London post match podcast (click link above) and by watching the Beesotted terrace and pub video, Bees fans were rightly delighted with their side.
With a trip to Barnsley on bank holiday Monday ahead of two big West London derbies, the season could have a few more high points yet!
There were excellent performances all over the field against Derby, with impact substitutions also playing a vital role in keeping the football flowing until the finals whistle… four more performances like that and we can really sign of 2016/17 in style.