Brentford and Fulham fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage in a game in which both sides could have won.
The Bees, cheered on by another huge away following, looked the more attractive footballing team throughout and countered Fulham’s long ball with some slick intricate passing – and it was from one of the visitor’s fine moves that they took the lead.
Working the ball out of midfield the ball was laid off to Jake Bidwell on the overlap… The direct burst into the area was ended with a foul and dead cert penalty that Alan Judge stepped up to convert and send the away end crazy.
Chances started to be created at both ends and the Bees unfortunately looked a little susceptible to the long cross into the box in a phase where Fulham upped the ante… And it was from one of these deep crosses that Button and Tarki seemed to get their wires crossed and the ball flicked off the defender’s head and into the net. One all at the break.
The second half was another roller coaster, again with the Bees playing the better football, but Fulham have a decent striker in Dembele and he found the perfect finish past Button after rolling his marker to give the home side the lead. Not that you would have known it from the noise levels from a very subdued Hammersmith End.
The Bees were in no mood to roll over and turned the game around… Firstly O’Connell brought the scores level, finding the net well from a flicked on corner, then Jota, who had come on for Canos, headed home to seemingly make it 3-2 to Brentford amidst more wild scenes. Celebrations that were brought to a premature end by the linesman, who had mistakenly flagged for offside… Replays clearly show that the goal should have stood and another magic Jota moment had been erroneously scrubbed from the record books.
Fulham went close towards the end and it would be fair to say that they finished the stronger, so, when all’s said and done, many Bees fans walked away content with a share of the spoils… However, there will always be a niggle that the disallowed goal robbed us of an early Christmas present.