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Brentford’s rich vein of winning form came to an end after table toppers, Hull City, left West London with all three points. Two second half goals were probably what the visitors ultimately deserved on the night, however, The Bees’ first half performance was excellent and the approach play was first rate. Allan McGregor twice denied the lively Marco Djuricin in the first period and we stretched a very stingy defence… But we did miss Alan Judge.

Moses Odubajo had a mixed return to Griffin Park, the former Bee was given a very mixed reception too… The raw pace and attacking threat was still there for all to see, but the stray passing did raise a few questions about his true value from the terrace wags!

As I have said, the Bees first half showing was very encouraging and there was little between the two sides for most of the night… But Brentford looked to fade after ten minutes of the restart and Hull had all the experience to sniff blood… Before that point it seemed likely the match could end in stalemate, but once City had their noses in front on 67 minutes (Robertson) there was only really going to be one outcome.

Konstantin Kerschbaumer had a lovely flicked shot that came back off the inside of the post shortly afterwards, but David Button was forced to produce a couple of vital saves before the killer blow was dealt by Sam Clucas, who converted from what looked to be a Button fumble. In truth Hull could have scored more before the end and the final whistle sounded without any further damage being done.

It was clear to see why Hull City are top cats in the division right now, the experience and quality is evident, in fact there is something very Middlesbough-esque about them… but the Bees can be reassured by the fact that we pushed them hard and underlined there is genuine quality at Griffin Park.

We’ve come a long way in a couple of short weeks, but last night we met our match, and there’s no shame in that. Click the link above to hear the thoughts of both sets of fans in the latest Pride of West London Post-match Beesotted Podcast.

Dave Lane