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Brentford came home from the West Country with three points after an adequate performance was enough to see off a struggling City side.

The home team were the brighter in the opening stages as Brentford struggled to find any tempo – our play punctuated by underhit passes and long balls.

The best chance of the half fell to the Bees, but Kadeem Harris saw his cross skim off the head of Will Grigg. The Northern Irish striker looked frustrated at his miss, and arguably also at his performance, in an unfamiliar roll out on the flank.

Richard Lee – in for the injured Button – had a fairly quiet half other than a few crosses to deal with, whilst Alan McCormack also went close for the Bees at the other end.

After the break Brentford improved marginally, whilst City noticeably deteriorated. The introduction of Trotta for Grigg seemed to give us better shape, although we still struggled to really penetrate the Bristol defence.

The 500-odd away fans also started to find their voice with a prolonged chorus of “Uwe Rosler’s Barmy Army” raising the atmosphere in the stands.

A swift, passing move saw a glancing Forshaw header go narrowly wide as the Bees started to increase the pressure on their hosts

However, with the game trundling towards a draw, it was substitute Sam Saunders who changed the shape of the match with a driving run and shot. With the aid of a deflection Brentford had found the net with their first shot on target.

Any hope of a Bristolian fight-back was nipped in the bud ten minutes later when a Saunders corner was onion-bagged by top scorer Clayton Donaldson.

As their supporters headed home in their droves City managed to sneak a goal back through late sub Marlon Harewood. “We’ve scored a goal, you must be sh*t” sang their remaining fans.

It should also be noted that despite Uwe Rosler’s praise for City’s supporters post-match, more than 200 Robins fans were vociferously singing the same ‘sacked in the morning’ song that caused such offence at Griffin Park last weekend, and just after the second goal, the main stand looked to get up en masse and head for the exits.

It wasn’t a vintage match, or performance, but let’s not turn our noses up at two wins on the bounce and a banana skin avoided.

Let’s hope a noisy home support can make it nine points from nine this Saturday.

Condorman

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