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Brentford went to Ewood Park looking to get back winning ways after losing in midweek to leaders Hull.  An unchanged starting eleven lined up in a scrappy game which saw the Bees take a point after a well taken goal by Lasse Vibe in the 24th minute – the Dane cleverly chipping the ball over the keeper after an exquisite pass from John Swift.

At that stage the Bees controlled the game with Blackburn offering very little. But a lapse in concentration from a number of Bees players let Blackburn undeservedly back into the game with a strange goal and the game seemed to go downhill after that.

The goal came from a well-worked move down the left hand channel which saw the ball come to Lawrence. As if the ball had suddenly taken on an invisible cloak, his cross-cum-shot seemed to evade three or four defenders who all watched as it evaded Button and nestled in the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Before all this excitement, Djuricin had been stretchered off on a wheelbarrow after a nasty-looking injury – replaced by Kerchbaumer. We have since been told that his protective boot was precautionary and the injury is not deemed to be that serious. Good news as Brentford missed his off-the-ball runs and, had he stayed on the pitch, we could have seen a totally different result at full time.

Button pulled off a great save from Lawrence as the half-time clock ticked down – turning his shot onto the post. Woods missed a good chance and McCormack had a great effort well saved by Steele in between the Rovers sticks.

The second half was a fairly dour affair. Rovers tried to take the game to Brentford who defended their lead admirably. But there were very few clear-cut chances either end.

In the closing stages, Kerchbaumer had a shot well saved by Steele, whereas Button pulled off a blinding save from Marshall to keep it even-stevens.

All in all this will probably be seen as a decent point for Brentford at the end of the season. Blackburn, whilst not setting the world alight, have been fairly tight in defender this season.

Encouragingly, Bees continued to play their traditional passing game – edging the game slightly in terms of possession (52%/48%) and shots on goal (10/9).

Vibe was a constant threat to the Blackburn defence and he forced a great stop from Steele, which would have more than likely sealed the points. However, as the Bees’ energy levels seemed to dip, they were given a welcome boost by the introduction of Sam Saunders who added a spark to the Bees’ play in the final 20 minutes after coming on for John Swift, who faded quite noticeably as the game went on.

All in all a good point for the Bees. They continue to look organised and solid. At times some players were guilty of giving the ball away – something we haven’t seen that much of recently. And although Vibe took the game by the scruff of the neck – taking in the lead attacking role after Djuricin’s injury – the Bees definitely missed the constant threat of the Austrian talisman.

What a difference an international break makes eh? As we went into the last international break, many fans felt Brentford were staring relegation in the face. One month later, the Bees are firmly lodged in the top half of the table with a solid set of performances behind them. To listen to the thoughts of the Brentford and Blackburn supporters after the match, the Beesotted Pride of West London Post-Maych Podcast is is right here…

This two-week interlude may be what the doctor ordered, as the Bees can now recuperate and reflect on how far they have come in the last month. And as every week goes by, we get closer to the re-introduction of key players like Jota and Maxime Colin.

If we can carry on the way we’ve been going the last few weeks, bring back our injured players and add one or two re-inforcements in January, as D:Ream once rather cheesily sang for Tony Blair  “Things can only get better”

Let’s hope so

Billy Grant
@billythebee99