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Brentford fans headed to Nottingham hoping for at least a point in their quest to pull away from the drop zone – and they would come away delighted – the Bees’ three-nil win in the sunshine was just the boost that was needed following a second half performance which really lifted the spirits.

Before the game, and even at half time, it was difficult to see where the next goal would be coming from though – the Bees had looked bright, without looking really dangerous, and when Leandro Rodriguez hobbled off with a hamstring injury, you couldn’t be blamed for fearing that recent history could repeat itself.

However, the introduction of Lasse Vibe really did provide the missing spark and the popular Dane gave the Forest defenders a torrid time – scoring the first goal, setting up the third and provoking the fouls that saw Lichaj red-carded on 77 minutes.

The Bees looked well organised a pretty solid at the back all afternoon, restricting the home side, who were celebrating their 150th birthday, to a handful of half-chances – Colin, Barbet, Yennaris and Dean all did very well, with the rest of the team all contributing to ensuring the afternoon had a positive outcome.

Vibe got his toe on the end of a through-ball that had the keeper and defence confused, Yennaris slammed home number two, then celebrated wrestling stylee, with Sergi Canos finding the perfect finish to a great Vibe tee-up – and in truth there could have been more. We’re saving those for Tuesday night hopefully.

It was clear as the second goal hit the back of the net that the confidence that had been so clearly missing in recent weeks started to return to the team – and the smiles on the players and fans’ faces were back for all to see,

As you will see from the Beesotted Video (link above) that was filmed in and around the City Ground, and by listening to the Beesotted Pride of West London Post-Match Podcast (click link below) Brentford fans certainly enjoyed their day out – they aren’t getting too carried away just yet though – Bolton come to Griffin Park on Tuesday and another win will see the club safe for another year in the Championship.

All in all, it was just great to see the happy relief and smiling faces in the away end… Coach D on the train back to London was in fine voice with many a Brentford ‘classic’ being belted out, and the ‘Hey Jude’ on the St. Pancras piano was something to truly behold!

Come On You Bees!

Dave Lane