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It’s a long long road to Carlisle so Beesotted sent forth its Scottish Falkirk correspondents Andrew ‘Houstie Hardcore’ Gardner (@bodge1876) and Matthew Gardner (@_matthewgardner1) to do the reconnaissance and gather facts with their iPhones on the mood within the Brentford camp after Uwe Rosler’s departure

Managerless Brentford crashed out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 defeat against rejuvenated Carlisle.

Last time these two teams played, Carlisle were on the verge of losing their manager Greg Abbott and were being given good hidings week in and week out.

So it was good timing for them to make their mark on the cup as new manager Graham Kavanagh, who has turned their fortunes around somewhat recently, happened to meet a Brentford team somewhat in turmoil after Uwe Rosler’s sudden departure to take the Wigan job.

Alan Kernaghan at the helm, with Peter Farrell and Mark Warburton in the wings, made some changes to the side – bringing back Richard Lee in goal while replacing a presumably injured Douglas and Harris with Diagouraga and Grigg (we’ve never lost with a Douglas/Harris combination).

The first half was much of a much. Both sides creating chances but not taking them with both keepers being called into action on a few occasions. Brentford’s defence seemed lost at times with the communication between players somewhat lacking surprisingly. Then on the stroke of half time, Carlisle got a goal out of the blue on the break as Tranmere reject Amoo, who has been a revelation at Carlisle, fed the ball in for Berrett to rifle the ball in from 20 yards.

One nil down at the break with Brentford fans feeling slightly done by.

The second half saw Brentford come back out with more purpose and after a few close chances, a McCormack cross was turned into his own net by serial team-hopper Pascal Chimbonda (yes he of Wigan and Tottenham and French National Side fame).

Instead of kicking on, the goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Brentford allowing Carlisle to come back into the game continuing to make mistakes and give the ball away. Something was definitely amiss with the Brentford team who’s communication was all over the place – it was almost if their mind was elsewhere. No surprise of course with them finding out less than 24 hrs earlier that their manager would not be leading them out.

And with 20 minutes to go it looked game set and match for Carlisle as Miller netted twice – once from a penalty after Amoo was felled by McCormack.

Bees then brought on Saunders, who added some much needed spark to the team, and Farid (with Reeves coming on for Diagouraga earlier) and it was with five minutes to go that the substitute combination created a goal – Sam Saunders’ free kick was headed in by Farid El Alagui at the far post to set up a nail biting finish.

But things weren’t to be and the Bees bowed out the cup 3-2.

Saying that, the talk before, during and after the game was really more off the pitch than on. Why did Uwe say he was going to lead the team out then not do so? Why are Wigan fans literally ? Will this derail our team’s great run? Are we going to get someone in quick or will we wait and get the right person? How the hell did Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink get into the front running after just 4 months in charge of his 1st club Antwerp? Will we go for an obvious ‘in and out of jobs’ manager like Warnock or Holloway or will we retain some sort of ethos like Swansea and go left field with someone like Solsjær or Hasslebaink or some unknown Algerian manager? Will anyone buy the new version of “Come on you Brentford” – out for the Oldham game?

All in all this was a week we all probably won’t forget in a hurry. Need to now put this bad news behind us and look forward. We’re 8 matches unbeaten in the league – 7 wins and 1 draw with 16 goals scored and 4 conceded. That’s still a fantastic run we’re on. We need to keep it going.

And just like the team should never be about one player, it also true it’s not only about the manager. It’s when all the elements come together and click that we have a winning formula.

We know have the players. We know have the infrastructure. We know we’re heading places. We just need the right leader to make all these parts click again. And I have a feeling that it won’t be too long before the Bees go marching on again

BillytheBee
@billythebee