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BillytheBee parks up his combine harvester and takes in some fresh country air in the sunshine at Huish Park, Yeovil



Brentford went down like a sack of spuds on a bog of a pitch in an encounter at Yeovil that was made to look more one-sided than it actually was. The clichés “After the Lord Mayor’s Show” and “They’ve got one eye on the Chelsea match” were being uttered up and down the away terrace on Saturday afternoon as Brentford went down 3-0 to a determined Yeovil side who quite bluntly wanted it a lot more than we did on the day.

The thing is, for the first 20 minutes or so, it looked like there was only one team that was going to take the booty as Brentford were all over Yeovil. Unfortunately, one opportunistic moment, and another stroke of pure genius in the first half, were to ensure that the Bees were on the back foot for the rest of the match.

Kick-off was missed by 100 or so Bees fans still queuing for a ticket – a system which made Brentford’s ticketing operation look like Wembley Stadium (not a disrespect to our wonderful staff … but we all realise that our ticketing system needs to be somewhat modified). Clayton Donaldson had a spectacular 25-yard lofted effort in the 2nd minute brilliantly tipped over the bar by Marek Stech. Harry Forrester then had a shot cleared of the line. Stech also made brilliant stops from Donaldson, again, and Adeyemi, who’s Hoddle-esque dribble past three defenders deserved more reward. It was no wonder that an Ipswich Town scout at the game, there to watch both Stech and Moore, was impressed.

Then came the sucker blow. A Tony Craig clearance hit a Yeovil player and the ball dropped to Madden who banged it in the back of the net. Unlucky isn’t the word. Still we’ve seen Brentford come back from situations like that in previous games and the fans weren’t too concerned.

Forrester had a shot saved again by Stech, who was in blinding form, and Moore was also called in to keep the Yeovil player out  on the counter. However, Yeovil all but killed off the match in the 41st minute when Upson picked up the ball outside the area and fired in a rocket, straight into the top right-hand corner of Moore’s goal. No chance of him stopping that.

Half time saw Rosler ring the changes. Trotta came on for Forshaw in an attempt to bolster our attacking chances. Unfortunately, that move saw Brentford’s creativity decrease dramatically and, combined with a deterioration of the pitch, the game went decidedly downhill for the Bees. Uwe Rosler claimed that Brentford were “unable to play their game” on such a pitch and intimated “in the Premiership, this game wouldn’t be allowed to go ahead”. However, we’re not in the Premiership… yet… and unfortunately, its games like this, and conditions like that, which we will have to deal with much more effectively if we are actually going to get out of this division.

Yeovil had a fair-few chances in the second half to put the game to bed – with Hayter, Madden and Upson all missing the target when they really should have done better. Douglas and Hayes also went close for the Bees, but it was one of those days where it just wasn’t to be. As rumours flew around the terrace about the team jetting off to Dubai in the morning for a five-day international training session, it was game-set-match for Yeovil. A free kick from McAllister was met by Dan Burn, who buried his excellent volley right in the back of the net. Cue a fire drill at the away end.

Town’s third goal had clearly sealed the win and many of the 643 Brentford supporters at the game, which was an impressive turn-out, started leaving in their droves, meaning they missed one last bit of action as Logan cleared a header off his line to save the Bees further blushes. Once again the curse of Huish Park was upon us. That’s five defeats on the trot down in Somerset.

So back to earth with a big, hard bump. And with Bury and Stevenage still to come before Chelsea’s cup final with us in a fortnight, let’s hope that we keep our perspective and don’t lose any more ground in our (hopefully) temporary jittering fight for promotion.


Yeovil Town (4-4-2) – Stech; Ayling, Burn, Webster, McAllister; Dawson, Upson (Blizzard, 82), Dolan (Edwards, 24), Foley; Hayter (Appiah, 74), Madden.

Unused subs: Stewart, Hinds, Williams, Young.

Goals: Madden 34, Upson 41, Burn 83.

Bookings: Upson (foul), McAllister (foul).

Brentford (4-4-2) – Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Adeyemi, Kiernan (Saunders, 60), Douglas, Forshaw (Trotta, 46); Forrester (Hayes, 71), Donaldson.

Unused subs: Lee, Barron, Hodson, Diagouraga.

Bookings: Logan (foul).

Att: 4,106 (643 Bees fans)