Brentford notched their fourth straight win on a night to remember at Griffin Park – Marco Djuracin’s second half strike securing the Bees’ win over Queens Park Rangers and ensuring the West London Championship bragging rights all belong to the red and white parts of town… last season’s double over Fulham, and the win over Rangers, have seen the balance of power shift significantly.
The match didn’t quite live up to the hype and expectations, but the Bees edged it quality-wise over the ninety minutes and the atmosphere and scenes at the final whistle underlined what the victory meant to the home supporters – and I’m sure their Rangers counterparts will begrudgingly now admit that revenge in the return match at Loftus Road is far more significant to them now.
The first half was pretty even, however, Chris Ramsey’s side struck the woodwork twice, Luongo the unlucky man on both occasions, but they were rare threats in truth, with Brentford having the lion’s share of the ball.
After the break Brentford shifted up a gear with Djuracin forcing a good save from Rob Green after good build up play down the right, and it was the Austrian who lifted the roof off of Griffin Park when he outpaced his marker to get his foot on to Alan Judge’s pin-point cross to score the decisive goal.
Charlie Austin came on towards the end as Rangers tried to rescue a point, but it wasn’t to be, Brentford had been more than a match last year’s relegated Premiership side, who were made to look second best on the night.
There was a party atmosphere in the pubs around town as you will hear from the fans of both sides in the Pride of West London Post-Match Podcast (click here to listen).
Speaking after the match, Lee Carsley summed the evening, and the mood in the camp after a sequence of wins, up perfectly: “It’s nights like that that you remember when you retire. The main thing has been trying to get the belief back with the lads. They weren’t doing themselves justice at the start of the season. But all the things they weren’t doing, they are doing now.”
Can Brenford make it five on the bounce on Tuesday night when Hull City come to Griffin Park? Why the hell not on this form!