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Brentford played a much changed side against OS Osasuna than the one that beat OGC Nice 3-2 in midweek.

New boys Andre Grey and Marcus Tebar stayed in the classroom whilst the pack was reshuffled and a whole raft of fringe players and reserves were brought in for teacher to see how they fared under tough exam conditions.

Richard Lee was drafted into goal behind McCormack and O’Connor (full backs) & Dean and Calvet (centre backs) who had their work cut out for them.

Tebar held fort in the midfield alongside Diagouraga and Reeves.

Dallas, Montell Moore and Gray played the attacking roles for the evening.

All in all, a good run out for the players – some off whom, like Dean, haven’t played a full 90 minutes for four months. McCormack also made his first pre-season appearance.

Marcus Tebar in that central midfield holding role certainly knows how to pass the ball. Diagouraga and Reeves were lively but found it difficult to impose themselves against experienced opposition.

The second half saw fans draw a sign of relief as Adam Forshaw made an appearance off the bench after transfer speculation had dominated the previous few days – coming on for Marcus Tebar. The subject of a cheeky bid from Uwe Rosler at Wigan, which went down like a lead balloon in the Brentford camp, it was good to see Forshaw get his first run-out since April.

Osasuna, who brought on a whole new team in the 2nd half. Relegated from La Liga last season, they went 1-0 up 10 minutes onto the 2nd half through Onwi and turned the screw after the break with Onwi scoring a second .. And them breaching the Brentford defence two more times to finish easy winners.

A few fans were disappointed that Brentford did not field a stronger side against a side who had played in the top flight of Spanish football last season as they wanted to see how Brentford would fare. Others felt that this was the perfect opportunity to test the players on the fringe of the first team who we would be looking to bring through over the season adding to our strength in depth.

It has to be said, Montell Moore has been a revelation in the pre-season friendlies. He didn’t get much joy in this match but his running and enthusiasm has been a breath of fresh air and he was heartily applauded when he was substituted in the middle of the 2nd half.

All in all, more game time, experience and fitness for the lads. This is what really counts at this stage. From the starting eleven from this match, only two, three or maybe at a stretch four players will line up against Charlton in just over a weeks time.

It has to be noted that Mark Warburton was particularly critical of Wigan’s approach for Forshaw. Whelan seems to make a habit of throwing a firecracker into the bonfire then seeing how the lie of the land is after the sh!t hits the fan.

He poached Rosler from us on the day of our Lionel Road stadium council vote – succeeding to overshadow what should have been a totally momentous evening for Bees staff and fans. And now, he publicly made known his bid for Forshaw in order to try and upset the applecart – knowing that his offer (which was by all means derisory) would be rejected by the club … But noted by the player.

Warburton talked about Wigan (and particular Whelan) lowering themselves to try and secure a player by any means necessary.

“Whatever we do, I’d like to think we do it in a professional manner. If that can’t be said about other people, other clubs then I can’t comment on that.

“I think the club concerned and their staff need to look at themselves, that’s for sure and do things in the right way. He (Adam) has another two years to run on his contract. We’ve made it clear how much we value Adam and his recent comments were very supportive. He’s looking forward to coming out and playing.

Like I say, if clubs are going to act in that manner I can’t control that but I’d like to think we’d never lower ourselves to act in that fashion.”

So let’s see how this now plays out. Matthew Benham recently made the comment that there were no more key players leaving Brentford in the near future. We know every player has his price, but somehow we think the money Wigan would have to pay to make it worthwhile for the club with the 40% sell on clause to Everton (£6 mill at least is surely the minimum Brentford will accept) coupled with the thought of Whelan of Wigan getting another one over Brentford will be enough to ensure that Adam Forshaw remains in TW8 for the foreseeable future.

And as for on the pitch, one more friendly to go against Crystal Palace on Saturday – a match that now has been made all-ticket due to Palace selling out their allocation and buying up tickets in the Brentford end (it’s a friendly so not sure what the big deal is .. More money in the pot for all).

Brentford fans are more than likely to see the team to start against Charlton take the pitch against our South London neighbours. After hearing Warburton’s comments, that team looks like it will include Adam Forshaw in some capacity.

Rejecting million pound bids??? …. Here’s to a new Brentford eh …..

BillytheBee
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