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Sometimes things don’t quite go your way.

Sometimes you win games where maybe a draw may have been a fairer result.

Sometimes you lose games when a draw may have been a fairer result.

Up at Huddersfield, it was the latter …

Brentford went to Yorkshire of the back of five straight wins hoping to seal a sixth victory on the bounce.

But it was Huddersfield who came out the blocks faster looking hungry for the 3 points.

Brentford fielded an unchanged side from the one that hammered Wolves the previous week.

Huddersfield were struggling with injuries to key players but surprised everyone when winger Sean Scannell appeared on the team sheet – after being rumoured to be still injured.

And Scannell proved to be a thorn in Brentford’s side as he was involved in both goals – giving the Brentford defence plenty of problems with his wing play.

The truth is – Brentford could have had drawn this game. They had enough chances. But, very much like a few weeks back when were playing the likes of Wigan and Bolton, we weren’t incisive enough in front of goal .

Judge and Pritchard looked lively in the first half and Huddersfield keeper Smithies pulled off some excellent saves to keep the Bees at bay. Had Brentford taken their chances, this would have been a different game completely.

Not taking anything away from Huddersfield. They were well up for this battle. With Scannell down the wing .. and Naki Wells and Grant Holt lurking on the end of the area .. they caused Brentford problems for the whole of the first half.

Scannell’s strike put the Terriers ahead at half time and an own goal from Bidwell put Huddersfield two goals to the good early in the second half.

But a well taken goal by Douglas pulled the Bees back into the game and they would feel unfortunate not to have evened things up – Smithies pulling off great saves from Judge, Douglas and sub Tommy Smith as the clock wound down.

Nick Proschwitz, who came on for a surprisingly quiet Andre Gray, took the game to Huddersfield and was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty as his legs were chopped away from him in the box in injury time as Huddersfield held on for dear life.

But it wasn’t to be. And Huddersfield hung on for all three points.

Mark Warburton in his post match interview felt that Brentford did not take their chances, getting caught up in confrontational situations which sidetracked their game.

“We got into a fighting mode and that doesn’t suit us. We got angry and started arguing”

On the refereeing decisions:

“There were some strange ones to say the least. I have no problem with a centre-back being booked for a foul or an elbow but to be booked for showing passion is strange

We were convinced it was a penalty, unfortunately it was not given and that will not change now.”

But taking nothing away from Huddersfield:

“I know Chris [Powell] very well and he is a very experienced manager. I’m delighted for him and I’ve no doubt he’ll do a good job here

They defended valiantly and their keeper made some good saves”

But looking on the bright side, over the last 6 matches .. winning five and losing one … as opposed to being more cautious and winning four and drawing two … means Brentford have played their cards right. And that’s been Brentford’s philosophy for the last 12 months.

We may have lost at Huddersfield .. but most fans weren’t despondent as you can hear on the Beesotted post-match podcast (some of that may have been due to Huddersfield actually being a really pleasant place to visit – some very cool bars .. and most of the fans we met were real friendly) … and if Brentford keep on doing what we’re doing, we’re going to continue to surprise a fair few people .. .. for sure.



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