Beesotted contributor Billy Taylor scours the internet to dig up the latest Brentford related gossip after their thrilling 3-3 draw with Brighton from Twitter, Facebook, the Griffin Park Grapevine (GPG) and more.
Sunday saw Brentford welcome promotion chasing Brighton and Hove Albion to Griffin Park. The game that followed was a thriller which kept everyone in the crowd on the edge of their seat for 90 plus minutes.
The Bees started where they left off with their convincing 3-0 win against Aston Villa in midweek. Jota opened the scoring with Harlee Dean quickly added a second to put Brentford 2-0 up at half time.
The massive turning point in the match came early in the second half. Jota’s trickery saw him taken down in the penalty area which Lasse Vibe stepping up to put the Bees 3-0 up. Brighton keeper David Stockdale guessed correctly – making a great save with his feet – to keep Brighton in the game. Just.
DELBEE: We have to sort out these pens why not Jota
ISLEWORTH_BEE: Good save to be fair. but go down the middle hes got to hit it higher
Despite Brentford’s dominance, Brighton managed to haul themselves back into the game with two goals in as many minutes.
It was the Seagulls who then applied the pressure in a game that had fans on all sides of the ground sitting on the edge of their seats.
Then in the 4th minute of injury time, up steps Kerschbaumer to score his first Brentford goal in sensational style from outside the area.
Game over? No chance.
Whilst the Brentford fans were going berserk, the Brentford defence were frantically defending and failing to clear the ball. This allowed Hemed to head in a 97th minute equaliser which abruptly halted the Bees fans’ celebrations, causing the Brighton fans to go into bedlam. Heartbreak for Brentford but a breathtaking end to a great Bees display.
WANDERER PAUL: Gutted. Played well going forward but defensively, the last 20 we struggled. Oh well. A point against a good side
TEESBEE: Well, that sounded like a real humdinger. Bit of a sickener but got to take heart from the fact that we matched one of the best teams in the division, and keep it going next week
Among the travelling fans celebrations was Brighton owner Tony Bloom (pictured below).
Bloom is not very well known for using information generated by his company – Star Lizard – to identify players for Brighton in a similar way that Matthew Benham uses information generated by SmartOdds to identify players for Brentford. Needless to say, as the media world are blissfully unaware of Brighton’s method of scouting, they do not come under the same scrutiny as the Bees. Beesotted wrote an article on this last season.
Away from Sunday’s action, with the transfer window only just closed, the papers are already concentrating on the next window with reports re-surfacing that defender John Egan – who recently signed a new 3 and a half year contract – is a target for West Brom manager Tony Pulis.
If interest is real (unlikely), with Egan recently tying himself down to a long contract, it would take a hefty wedge to see him leaving Griffin Park in the near future.
It was a weekend that certainly had Brentford fans on an emotional rollercoaster which ended with a slight feeling of disappointment.
Despite that, much encouragement should be taken away from Brentford’s attacking display against a high-flying Brighton side as we look onward and upwards to the weekend at Deepdale against Preston North End.