Brentford and Villa met for the first time since 1953 and were looking for their first win against their Midlands rivals ever.
It was a real cliched David and Goliath battle with the team with £115m turnover who spent £50m in the summer lining up against the team with £10m turnover who spent around £3m in the last window.
Villa fans, who had spent far too many years in the comfort of the Premier League were (seriously) confused as to where Brentford actually was – with some fans resorting to calling them a pub team.
Unbeknown to one offender, his “pub team” tweet (below) was posted up in the Brentford players’ dressing room post-match – no team-talk needed.
The pub team were in resilient mood and after Kodjia scored a brilliant goal for Villa, the Midlands side found themselves with their backs against the wall as they weathered the storm from a Brentford team who pretty much battered them for the whole of the second half. Many Villa fans were quick to point out that the Bees “passed them off the park”.
John Egan scored a late equaliser to ensure the Bees got a share of the spoils. But in reality, it could have been far far worse for Villa who have a lot of work to do to knock their expensively-assembled squad into shape.
We chat to both Villa fans & Brentford fans straight after the match.