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Brentford, eventually, came through an entertaining friendly with Oxford United victorious by the odd goal in seven.

Jota started the match to the delight of the (almost) 400 travelling fans and his class shone through immediately. In fact there was some very promising performances all over the pitch from a Bees perspective before the break… with news signings Kamehelo Mokotjo and Neil Maupay unavailable due to work permit reasons, Ryan Woods looked sharp and Henrik Dalsgaard, Ricoh Henry were both dangerous as wing backs, and Flojo did well to head home the opening goal from a delicious Jota cross. Sawyers always looked to be a class above the opposition too.

The outstanding Dalsgaard then helped set up the second goal, which was smashed home by Lasse Vibe, before Oxford pulled one back from the penalty spot – Luke Daniels was given no chance.

Until that stage it looked as if Brenrford could rack up a big win, the classy Bees were stretching Oxford all over the pitch, but United turned the tables with some good attacking play in the second period, which asked some serious questions of Dean Smith’s defence. There’s certainly plenty more work needed to be done on the training pitch if the rear guard is Championship level ready.

After a mass substitution the Bees once again upped the ante, and were rewarded with two excellent goals. Reece Cole produced a brilliant thunderbolt free kick to level the scoreS, then Sergi Canos smashed home after Colin did well to keep the ball in play, then found the perfect cross to snatch the win.

Over all, there were some really encouraging moments, as well as a raft of hugely exciting players on display brought in by those who have consistently been accused of ‘robbing a living’ at Brentford.  And with another attacking midfielder, Emiliano Marcondes, thought to have been watching from the stands and being linked with a move to Griffin Park, there may be even more good news to come.

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Dave Lane