Avoiding a potential banana skin League Cup slip-up was vital against bottom-of-the-Football-League Oldham Athletic. Thankfully, The Bees came through with flying colours in front of over 12,000 at New Griffin Park.

Overall Performance 

Brentford didn’t really have to move out of third gear to get past a sorry Oldham side, who have bigger fights ahead of them than this League Cup clash, however, the old addage says ‘you can only beat what’s in front of you’ and this seven-nil scoreline shows what a professional performance was provided by Thomas Frank’s side. There is little that we can really take from this game with regards to the Liverpool match on Saturday, however, Marcus Forss underlined his clinical finishing reputation (Bryan beware) and Wissa showed he is the real deal with two exceptional finishes – the overhead kick is something you’ll never tire of watching, again and again! 

Best Bees Performers

Marcus Forss will steal the headlines, deservedly, with a first half hat-trick and four in total. The way he strikes the ball is exceptional and the accuracy tonight was out of the top draw. If that’s where you keep your accuracy. 

Room For Improvement

The away end stewards who, if Twitter is to be believed, made Oldham fans take down their protest banners and turn t-shirts inside out if they had offensive messages on. Sad if it’s true and beyond the call of duty. It is not their job to act as henchmen for the Oldham owners.

Fans’ Performance

For Bees fans this was a stroll in the park and to expect a loud ‘Arenal night’ atmosphere wasn’t realistic, so it is what it is. The Oldham fans were excellent, in numbers, in gallows humour and in song. You can’t blame them for a 80th minute vanishing act. Its a long way home and they did their club proud tonight.

Summing Up

Brentford are safely through to the next round, with no injuries and another clean sheet. Zanka and Goode look decent, the goalie had little to do, meanwhile up top the Bees looked confident and potent. Let’s see what the draw brings on Wednesday evening. COYB

Dave Lane