Brentford came home from sunny Blackpool with the first three-point haul of their Championship campaign, battling to a 2-1 victory against struggling Blackpool.
The pack was reshuffled slightly after the south coast trip to Bournemouth at the weekend – Andre Gray rested after receiving a knock and Big Nick Proschwitz coming in to lead the attack.
The game started brightly for the Bees. Once again lots of possession, but very few opportunities on goal, however, the Bees were in command with Blackpool hitting them here and there on the break.
Then, as the Bees started to grow into the game, Blackpool produced a sucker punch – Zoko crossing for Delfouneso to head past Button. From the terraces it looked like Button possibly should have done better with the header.
Despite the set back, the goal seemed to spur the Bees on, and after a flurry from Blackpool, who by now had their tails up, the Bees started to take command of the game, with the midfield starting to create problems.
So it was no surprise when, on 38 mins, a slick move involving Judge and Odubajo saw the ball laid off to Pritchard who had a great game… He turned and rifled the ball into the back of the net. A wonderful goal.
HT. Blackpool 1 Brentford 1
The Bees started the second period on the up and, with the half only eight minutes old, they took the lead. Dallas robbed the ball from Daniels before taking a run in on goal and curling a corker home.
Blackpool looked for the equaliser and gave the Bees a few anxious moments as they tried to protect their lead. Not even an appearance by Nile Ranger was enough to get Blackpool back in the game as Brentford found themselves needlessly giving the ball away on a number of occasions – but with Blackpool not being able to capitalise.
Smith came on for Proschwitz and Jota came on for Odubajo to give the Bees fresh legs and in an attempt to get someone to hold the ball up. The Spaniard, who signed just before the weekend, looked totally comfortable and skilful on the ball and what’s more, incredibly quick and strong.
The Bees were able to hold out and secure all the points to the joy of the 437 travelling fans – pretty decent for a Tuesday night.
All in all a well deserved result for Brentford. They will undoubtedly play much better teams than Blackpool this season but, psychologically, getting those first three points on the board is massive.
The positives – Brentford proved that they could win sticking to their guns. Two goals from open play with our attacking midfield players finding the back of the net. A number of players had excellent games including Dallas (who must have earned himself a permanent place in the starting 11 now), Pritchard, Douglas, Smith, McCormack and Jota.
On the down side, what Brentford had in possession – trying as much as possible to stick to their slick passing game – they lacked in braun with Blackpool often able to out-muscle the Bees players.
All of the three sides we have played so far have had a physical element to their game, which Brentford have found difficult to match. This is something the Bees need to work on.
Brentford also didn’t control the pace of the game at times creating problems for themselves and giving the ball away too easily.
But it is great result and the signs bode well for the future. The question on everyone’s lips in the pub after they game was …. with our midfield starting to pick itself – with Douglas, Pritchard, Jota, Judge, Dallas all looking like starters for Brentford … And with players like Tebar, Odubajo and Toral waiting in the wings, where exactly will Adam Forshaw fit in?
Will he be creating a Lampard/Gerrard type situation?
The situation is, to a certain extent, out of Brentford’s hands. What a nice ‘problem’ to have though eh??
Brentford: Button, McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell, Douglas, Odubajo (sub Jota 65), Judge, Pritchard, Dallas, Proschwitz (sub Smith 65)
Subs (not used): Bonham, Dean, Tébar, Toral, Moore
Attendance: 9,939 (472 Bees fans)