There must have been dozens of Brentford fans who woke up this morning with hard to explain bruises on their arms, sustained from pinching themselves all the way home from Griffin Park. For not only did the Bees make it five wins on the spin – a wonderful achievement in its own right – they had once again played one of the better sides in this division off the park.
In truth, this was not one of the Bees’ best performances of the season thus far, which may sound an odd thing to say following a heavy win, but the Reds only had to shift out of fourth gear and into fifth on several occasions – however, each goal came thanks to quality inter-play and finishing out of the top draw.
Wolves looked dangerous early on, and the hosts could count themselves a little fortunate not to have fallen behind when David Button somehow kept a goal-bound header out, and there were a fair few fans standing behind the Ealing Road end that thought the ball could have crossed the line – but a few early scares were all that the toothless Wolves could muster. They huffed and puffed alright, but certainly looked incapable of blowing any houses down.
Brentford may not have started as brightly as they did against Fulham in the previous match, but the purposeful, stick passing and cleaver movement was there for all to see once more – you can add a hunger to win the ball and not be bullied by a visibly larger team to that mix too. Jon Toral highlighted the battling spirit by stealing the ball out on the left, before slipping a great ball through to Alan Judge, who finished in the calmest possible way – stroking the ball into the net to the the delight of the home faithful.
This game went exactly as the form-book had predicted, however, it was clear that nothing was being taken for granted, neither on or off the pitch. There is a sense of joy permeating through the club that is being enjoyed in true Brentford style – there’s no cockiness, no arrogance, nothing brash or diamond encrusted – just an understated, yet growing belief that we are witnessing something truly magical.
I said in the post match Beesotted podcast that Mark Warburton and his coaching team, with the amazing support of Mathew Benham, have skilfully engineered this rise, there is nothing fluky or inexplicable – and as we have seen throughout the campaign – its a philospophy that won’t deviate or be derailed if one or two defeats come our way. Of that I’m sure.
We had to bide our time for the win-clinching second goal, and once again, it came thanks the perfect pass, made at the perfect time… Alex Pritchard unselfishly picking out the lurking Stuart Dallas who swept the ball home at the back stick… but the best was to follow eight minutes later when Andre Gray roasted the Wolves defence, rounding them all, before slamming the ball into the bottom corner across the helpless Ikeme.
As you will hear from the comments in the post-match Beesotted Podcast, fans didn’t need reminding of the significance of a three goal advantage – it was the exact opposite scoreline to last season’s fixture against Wolves at Griffin Park – so to go one better and notch a fourth really rubbed salt into the wounds of the travelling fans, who set off an ironic ginger coloured flare at the Brook Road end of he ground just before Jota, who Warbs seems content to use sparingly, put the icing on the cake in the last minute (again) elevating the Bees to within a single point of top spot.
Wolves are a better team than recent results suggest, once they get through this sticky patch they’ll be back challenging again for sure, but to see the Bees systematically dismantle Kenny Jacket’s side was certainly worth celebrating with one too many London Prides back in the boozer afterwards.
The Bees head to Huddersfield next Saturday full of belief that the run can continue – be there if you can – and enjoy this moment in history. Something truly special is building at Brentford Football Club.
Post-match Podcast …
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