Brentford put the memories of last season’s Loftus Road nightmare to rest on Friday night with a rousing win against Queens Park Rangers – impressive Brentford running out 2-0 winners to mark a long-overdue win in W12.
Eyebrows were raised before the match when the team sheet showed Josh McEachran and Ryan Woods starting, a combination that rarely clicks in midfield, but few could argue that the Bees controlled the middle of the park, with battling performances all over the pitch.
Brentford were bright from the beginning, but rather than fade and wither, as they did in their last visit to Loftus Road, Dean Smith’s men grew in stature, with Josh Clarke putting in his most accomplished performance to date – McEachran came of age too – as did Romaine Sawyers, whose second half beauty was the perfect way to put recent criticism behind him.
The opening goal came three minutes before the break, but it had been a long time coming – Brentford turned the screw and had created several chances that, on another day, would have put us out of sight – but Clarke found a composed finish to round off an excellent half and sent the travelling fans potty.
Rangers upped it a little after the break but didn’t really ever worry Daniel Bentley – with Dean, Egan, Colin and Bjelland equal to most of what was thrown at them – but we all knew a second goal was required to kill off Rangers.
That moment came on 74 minutes when Maxime Colin set up Sawyers who sent a superb shot crashing into the top corner, and the celebrations that followed, were a mixture of pure joy, relief and immense pride. As you will see on the Beesotted video!
Our thoughts have also got to be with Lewis Macleod who was stretchered off with what looked like a bad knee injury – it is too early to know the extent of the problem at this stage. The seven minutes injury time gave Kerschbaumer a rare run out, and he looked good… almost adding to the score line with a shot that went agonizingly over.
“West London is ours!” echoed around Loftus Road at the final whistle as the players and fans applauded one another for the performances both on and off the pitch, before Bees fans headed to pubs to celebrate a famous win. I hope the players were allowed a couple of ‘cold drinks’ too!
Bring on the Fulham.