With a week to go until the Bees’ ultimate, season-defining, showdown at Wembley Stadium, Bees manager, Uwe Rosler, is looking forward to taking his young charges in to battle one last time this campaign… “I am privileged for my first job in England to have a squad of players like this.” And, as fans, we know that we’re lucky to be watching them.
Uwe went on to say, “I have watched boys turn into men this season and are handling games better and better and better… The penalties showed just what psychological strength there is in this side, that they have had experiences and grown stronger from them.”
Having been one of only two team to do the double on the Bees this season, Yeovil clearly know what it takes to turn us over, and I’m sure there’s been more than a few hours spent re-living the early-season defeat at Griffin Park and the post-Christmas slump down in Somerset on DVD at the training ground already, but the players should also recall that, in both games, there were phases where the results could, and should, have been very different.
If Paul Hayes had scored his penalty at Griffin Park… if the Bees had taken the numerous chances they created when they came out of the blocks all guns blazing at Huish Park… Brentford should also remember the first game of the season last campaign, when our free-flowing football saw Yeovil off with their tails between their legs. So respect is due… nobody will be underestimating the Glovers, but let’s not forget that if we play to our potential, we’ll be alright on the night – we have no doubt about that.
Tactics, team selection and preparation will be key too, and Uwe is no doubt keen to pit himself against Gary Johnson once again, saying, “Yeovil will be a very tight game. They have beaten us twice in the league but we finished above them. Both sides like to play football. I am looking forward to it.”
But as stylish as Brentford can be, it is the side’s never-say-die team spirit that has got us so close to achieving our Championship dream, and against Yeovil, the combination of both qualities will be called upon once more. As Uwe rightly points out, “Recent weeks have shown that we can handle any kind of pressure.” And that can also be said of the fans… Sheffield away, those last few minutes against Portsmouth, coming from behind at Hartlepool, the pressure of the Doncaster match, two draining games against Swindon where we had our hearts ripped from our chests, then to witness the most amazing drama in the penalty shoot out. We’ve been there, seen it… and now we’re going to DO IT.
Bring it on… Bring it on!