Brentford failed in their quest to bounce back from defeat at Stevenage at the first attempt– defensive lapses and impotent forward play once again proved costly. Carlisle scored a goal in each half to secure the points, while the Bees slumped to their first back-to-back loss sequence of the season.
Despite the reverse the visitors were the superior side and certainly should have achieved more from the match – the desire to attack was evident and the tempo was markedly improved from Tuesday night – but it was a case of deja vu for the Bees faithful who looked on as yet another decidedly average team took their chances when they came to snatch a win. Credit where credit’s due, the Bees team worked hard and looked determined to get back on track, however, there was just no end product to almost 60% of the possession. 3 shots on target out of 19 explains everything really.
Uwe Rosler rotated the team again, playing Stuart Dallas from the start, while Diagouraga was recalled along with Logan and Trotta, which injected the spark that was missing in midweek.
The team started brightly with Carlisle on the back foot from the off and it appeared Carlisle would struggle to hold on. But the trait that has become all too familiar reared its head again… yes, the build up play looks slick, but the end product is frustrating to say the least.
Trotta, Douglas and Craig all spurned good chances in front of an expectant and noisy away section, but then Carlisle produced an unscripted sucker punch. A free kick into the area was met by the head of Sean O’Hanlon whose looping 20-yard header sailed over the back-peddling Bees goalie and found the back of the net
Rosler said in his post-match interview that he felt the goal was the fault of Simon Moore, but the young ‘keeper made up for his bad-positioning by producing a superb double-save before the break.
It was the other Moore, Leon, who was to blame for Carlisle’s second goal – the Leicester defender losing the ball on the half-way line, allowing Brad Pott to race away, then tee up Mark Beck… the 19-year-old striker lashing the ball home with an impressive finish.
Bradley Wright-Phillips came on for Clayton Donaldson immediately after the second goal went in, but in truth, it had little effect. Something’s not clicking with BW-P, the right service would help admittedly, but I think most Bees fans were expected more from the Charlton player if we’re being honest, Trotta has gone right off the boil too.
The feeling among the vast majority of the 254 away supporters, including a varied collection from Falkirk, Airdrie, Stirling and other random Scottish clubs, is that the Rosler needs to pick a more settled side, and that the introduction of Leon Moore has disrupted the defence. The effect of constantly reshuffling the side is perfectly clear.
Swindon Town roll into West London on Tuesday night and provide the Bees with a chance to show they’re not about to let a potentially great season to get flushed down the khazi.
Carlisle United – Gillespie, Simek, Livesey, O’Hanlon, Mustoe, Berrett, Thirlwell, Potts, McGovern, Beck, Robson (Welsh 82). Subs – Collin, Murphy, Loy, Cadamarteri, Edwards, Symington.
Brentford – Moore, Forshaw (Adams 75), Craig, Dean, Douglas, Donaldson (Wright-Phillips 54), Trotta, Logan, Dallas, Diagouraga, Moore. Subs – Lee, Adeyemi, Hodson, Reeves, Hayes.
Referee – Mr Scott Duncan
Attendance – 3,858 (254 away fans)
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