Brentford took advantage of Reading’s defensive frailties to add another three points to their tally at Griffin Park yesterday.
The visitors showed some decent possession for an away side and Hal Robson Kanu gave Brentford some early scares from wide areas in the opening stages. The Berkshire side also terrified the crowd with at least two haircuts that would cause you to wake in the night in a cold sweat.
However some composed defending – most notably from James Tarkowski – gave The Bees a platform to build upon and in contrast to recent games Mark Warburton’s side took advantage of the chances created to build a lead at half time.
The first goal came after a McCormack cross wasn’t cleared very well and Jota stepped in to convert from close range.
Alex Pritchard, restored to the starting line up in place of Diagouraga, double the lead shortly afterwards when an Andre Gray dummy (cough) allowed him the space to finish past Federici.
Reading made two changes at the break with Jamie Mackie and Simon Cox added to the fray – the two immediately combined to reduce the deficit when former Brentford loanee Cox fired past Button.
Reading then started to build possession in a twenty minute spell where Brentford failed to hold the ball effectively up the pitch. Again, however, the defence stood firm.
Brentford’s third goal shocked all home supporters, coming direct from a corner – Jonathan Douglas rising like a salmon at the far post to convert.
As Reading’s heads dropped some scintillating Brentford passing almost created a fourth goal but Toral’s dangerous cross was cleared as the ref blew his whistle to signal another three points for the Bees.
Reading were left to reflect on some poor defensive play on their short journey home down the M4. It’s possible that this was not aided by one of their centre backs wearing pastel blue boots.
Brentford enter the second international break with an encouraging points tally and the knowledge that we are clearly good enough for this division if we defend as a team and take advantage of the chances we create.
Plaudits must also go to Mark Warburton for the style and attacking flair displayed in every game so far.
Next up for Brentford is a visit to Uwe Rosler’s struggling Wigan on 18th October. See you there.