Brentford fans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday evening when they sent a pack of toothless Wolves back home with a flea in their ear… a flea-nil win if you will!
Following three heavy defeats and some demoralizing performances many fans had called for a positive reaction to the Derby defeat last weekend, and the home faithful would have left the ground happy that the Dean Smith’s side had upped the tempo and looked a far more solid unit. Wolves were poor, admittedly, but this was certainly a positive win.
Smith had shuffled the pack again, but Tuesday night’s selection looked more comfortable in how they were set up, with Woods in the middle and Canos offering more threat down the flank, and Marco Djuricin leading the line… there was clearly a confidence and belief that had been lacking of late.
As the one-sided first half progressed it became evident that the first goal would prove decisive, and thankfully it fell the way of the Bees… John Swift’s deflected effort found the net after a great move and there would be no looking back.
David Button still had to make one or two important saves, but the defense looked pretty solid all night, with Yennaris in a more familiar full back position and Dean and O’Connell in the middle, but it was a more effective midfield combination that proved the real difference. Coming forwards this was more like the Bees we’ve loved in recent seasons.
Any nerves were eased when Sergi Canos found the bottom corner of the net after once of several excellent periods of attacking play, and the cherry was put on top when Canos set up Swift for his second of the night, and Brentford’s third. There could have been a fourth in the last minute too, however, Wolves cleared off the line.
As you will hear from the Beesotted Pride of West London Post Match Podcast (click link above), and the Terrace Video (link at top of this page) there were some honest and open comments made on the match, but everyone agreed that the win was a big step in the right direction after a run of poor results.
The Bees head north to Rotherham on Saturday looking to build on this win, but The Millers are scrapping for survival down at the bottom, and few fans will travel overly confident or taking anything for granted just yet.