Brentford’s form hit rock bottom against Charlton at Griffin Park, with The Addicks recording their first win of 2016 – a result that had some home fans booing at the final whistle.
Following on from last weekend’s defeat at lowly Rotherham, it was important for Dean Smith and his side to put in a decent performance, however, on this showing, there is little evidence to suggest we aren’t in for a tough time between here and the end of the season.
This is relegation form from Brentford… thankfully we should have just enough in the tank to see us clear of any real drama even if things don’t improve dramatically. The spark has gone, the flair is missing and the desire to win looks to be evaporating.
One down after 20 seconds was not what the doctor ordered, and although the home side leveled through Barbet’s header – a poignant goal scored during the minute’s applause for Dean Langford as the sun also came out on a grey, cold afternoon – there was a ground-hog day feel about this disjointed performance.
Marco Djuricin, then Lasse Vibe and Philipp Hofmann, looked flaccid and didn’t manage a decent chance between them – and with Sergi Cannos subbed – there were chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ directed towards Dean Smith. Harsh? Perhaps. Understandable? Certainly.
By that stage bottom club Charlton had retaken the lead, and just a week before the highly anticipated trip to Loftus Road, there is a gloomy atmosphere growing among the Griffin Park faithful. Quite why this desperately disappointing form continues is a mystery – Wolves were dispatched with a flea in their ears a little over a week ago, but since then, instead of the victory providing a springboard into a pool of safety, the Bees players look to be drowning in the deep end.
As you will hear from the Pride of West London Post Match Podcast, and in the Beesotted Video (links above), there were more strong opinions voiced in and around Griffin Park after the match – and few can argue that there are big questions to answer right now – as well as improvements to be made in almost every department.
The trip to Queens Park Rangers next Saturday is a real benchmark moment in my view – the weak performances and defeats to Rotherham and Charlton are hard enough to fathom – but if the players don’t wear the Brentford badge with honour, and the coaches don’t pump them up to put in a rousing 90 minutes at Loftus Road, I fear a bit of a back-lash.
Follow, follow, follow, we’re going to Loftus Road… Make us proud Brentford, make us proud!