Despite scoring nine goals in their previous two home games, few Brentford fans were taking the result of Wigan’s visit to Griffin Park for granted before kick-off.
Dean Smith stuck with the same starting eleven that saw off Reading so convincing in midweek, however, Wigan proved a stubborn and we’ll organised opposition, and ultimately, despite a few scraps, the Bees just couldn’t unlock their defence – try and try and they may.
Brentford stuck to their game and remained patient – Vibe had a couple of goal-bound shots deflected wide, Sawyers could and should have done better with an unmarked header following great work from Alan McCormack, and the Wigan goalie almost scooped one into the back of his own net late on, but there was also a threat that The Latics could nick it at the end as they upped the pressure on Dan Bentley’s goal.
As the rain lashed down and a double rainbow arched over the ground it was hoped that one last chance would be enough to continue the winning home sequence, but it was not to be, and a rare goalless draw was probably the right result – neither side had shone and a share of the spoils somehow seemed on the cards early on.
As you will hear on the Pride of West London Beesotted post match podcast, fans of both sides were pretty philosophical about the result… You can’t win them all, admittedly, and it shows you how far we’ve come when a Championship point is viewed as a disappointment.
The Bees now head into the international break with a chance to recharge their batteries ahead of the eagerly-awaited trip to Newcastle United.