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Results in recent weeks, and arguably more importantly the team’s performances after questionable team selections, have divided supporters opinions on our manager’s ability to bring success to Brentford this season. Expectations regarding our promotion chances are understandably high – few Brentford managers have ever enjoyed this level of financial support and professional backing in terms of coaching, scouting and medical staff – but are we losing perspective following the third defeat in a week by demanding to be up there at the top. Dominic McHugh thinks so.

Football is notorious for having its’ ups and downs. This was encapsulated none more so than in the 60 seconds that passed at Griffin Park at around 4.55pm on the last Saturday of April in 2013. What is always hard in the modern game is to appreciate and remember the highs after a defeat, and even more so after back to back defeats and a poor run of form.

Now is the time for Brentford fans to think about the position we find ourselves in and to put it into perspective. We currently lie 11th, 4 points off the play offs, after having a ‘poor’ start to the season. This is 4 points behind clubs like Preston who are having a ‘brilliant’ start, when we have yet to hit any meaningful form.

I have read a lot of questioning surrounding Rosler, and in some cases justifiably so. The recalling of Button was curious in the least; the persistent faith shown in Trotta is wearing thin; and the decision to field 4 central midfielders behind 2 strikers against Stevenage was mystifying. The continual tinkering with the team after victories is also difficult to understand, but we have to believe he will get this right in the long run. The players at our disposal – Dean, Logan, Forshaw and Donaldson – will ensure there is always the potential for another great run like last season.

In Rosler’s defence, injuries have hampered us as well – McAleny being the most notable; Grigg has not looked quite the same since his injury; Douglas should provide a missing steely link in the heart of the midfield; and the lack of a recognised left back was evident at both Bradford and Tranmere.

Yes, we may be 13 points and a long way off the automatic spots, but how many Brentford fans hand on heart thought we would finish above Wolves and Peterborough this season. Although we have a lot of resources by our standards, it is still not comparable to theirs. Yes we are underperforming right now, but should 6 weeks of mixed results cast doubt over a man who has brought much higher expectations to the club through continual progress.

Expectation can weigh heavily on some clubs. Take Leeds United for example, struggling to shake off the enormous weight of expectation every season from 30,000 fans expecting promotion to the Premiership. For nearly 10 years this has helped contribute to a consistent underperformance in a team struggling to get rid of the shackles of previous eras. That we have such high expectations of the club today just underlines the improvement, which has been made under Rosler; such that we now expect rather than hope for Championship football. Murmurings in the terraces all too easily eek onto the pitch and filters through to the players – we need to stay positive and get behind the players we know can perform, through the ups and downs.

It is time for us to put our position into perspective. I remember standing in the rain on a Tuesday night in February 2008 whilst we lost 1-0 to Accrington in front of a crowd of just 1,100, leaving us rooted in mid table in League Two. So ask yourself, are we really that bad off the way things stand right now?

Dominic McHugh

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