Brentford’s unbeaten home record came to an abrupt end against Barnsley on Saturday, with the club’s 4,000th League game celebrations signalling a dull defeat rather than a memorable win.
Dean Smith picked the same team that started against Derby County in midweek, and it didn’t pay off. There are some very interesting opinions on the inclusion of Sam Saunders, at the expense of either Josh McEachran or Lewis Macleod, made during the post match Pride of West London Podcast (link below), however, there were below par performances throughout the team.
Admittedly, the Bees started brightly, but Barnsley seemed to cope easily enough, battling hard to keep the home side at bay and looking more than capable on the break themselves. Armstrong (29 mins) and Winnall (67 mins) took their chances well when they came and The Tykes were worthy winners on the day.
The Bees rallied towards the end and created some decent chances late on – Hogan was played through on goal but missed the target, a strong penalty appeal was waved away, Maxime Colin hit the bar, and Nico Yenaris forced a great save from the visitors keeper… But it wasn’t to be.
It’s vital that Dean Smith and the lads pick themselves up quickly from this defeat though… Friday night’s trip to Loftus Road signifies unfinished business following last season’s debacle, and with the Sky cameras beaming it around the world, Brentford need to do themselves justice and play like we know they can.