Brentford stopped the rot against Burton Albion with a deserved, but hard earned, win at Griffin Park – two Scott Hogan goals once again proving invaluable.
Dean Smith changed the set-up once more, reverting to the five defender / two wing-back system that was used against Birmingham City in the last home match, with Josh McEachran starting. However, it didn’t look quite as effective against the Brewers and play was laboured rather than flowing.
Although the result was all that ultimately mattered after a string of defeats, the performance over all was fairly flat with only a handful of standout moments… Ryan Woods was back on song, as was Hogan thanks to his brace, plus a disallowed ‘hat-trick’ finish that should have been allowed to stand, but there was little to shout about elsewhere.
After taking an early lead, Sawyers playing in Hogan with a great ball, we all hoped the Bees could build on their advantage, but Daniel Bentley was beaten by a stinging shot that crept agonisingly over the line to level things back up.
Once again, some missed opportunities looked to have cost us dear. Egan headed straight at the keeper with the goal gaping, and Hogan’s lob came back off the post before the break.
Brentford were cheered on well all afternoon and the positive support was rewarded in the 53rd minute when the ball dropped well for Hogan in the area who rounded the keeper and slotted home in style… But it was hard watching at times as the Bees hung in there for the final whistle.
Vibe wasted a couple of good chances after coming off the bench, and sub Tom Field had a header cleared off the line that would have made the scoreline more comfortable, but the relief at the final whistle was palpable.
Brentford certainly deserved the win, but it was a below par performance in truth, and with two tough away games in the week ahead, as you will hear in the post match Podcast, some fans are concerned the three points just paper over the cracks.