Brentford produced an impressive and disciplined performance to see off disappointing Wolves last night, with goals from Marco Djuracin and Philipp Hoffman capping a morale boosting trip for the Bees.
Lee Carsley set his team up perfectly on the night and employed a game plan that saw the visitors take the game to Wolves from the start – Toumani’s return to the starting eleven was crucial with the Woods, McCormack and Judge all having excellent games alongside him.
The Bees had been probing away before going ahead and the opening goal was a reward for a period of pressure in which the home fans had become restless at their side’s inability to get hold of the ball… Alan Judge once again produced the moment of magic by chipping a delicious ball onto Djuracin whose half-volley deflected over the keeper… A small slice of luck perhaps, but no more than Brentford deserved.
Keeping the home fans quiet was vital, and although Wolves did splutter into life once or twice, they were restricted to hoofed balls and half chances with the Bees defence handling the threat well over all and going in at the break 1-0 to the good seemed fitting.
The second half was a little more nervy as Wolves upped the ante by introducing a little more pace and urgency to the game – Benik Afobe should have levelled the scores when he ballooned over from close range and Adam Le Fondra saw a shot saved by David Button – however, the Bees continued to look dangerous on the break.
Canos, Hoffman and Kerschbaumer were all brought on as Bees’ legs started to tire towards the end, and all contributed to ensuring the night would end on a high… The German striker rounding the Wolves keeper in the 88th minute to secure the win just moments after wasting another golden opportunity.
As you will hear in the Pride of West London Post Match Podcast and by watching the Beesotted Terrace Video (links above), this was just the performance so many Bees fans have been waiting for, one that demonstrates this new Brentford team are finally starting to gel… You could not fault the spirit of the side in any way and it was clear there was a real determination and desire to win.
The players and fans celebrated as one at the final whistle as back-to-back wins lift the mood significantly ahead of a weekend trip to South London for a derby against struggling Charlton… And on last night’s showing there is no reason to suggest the Bees aren’t capable of making it three out of three since the international break.