A stunning day in League One (despite sour grapes and a conspiracy theory)

16 Mar

It would be so easy to launch straight into those distractions that accompanied a fine win for Brentford over Leyton Orient yesterday (namely the post match performance of Russell Slade and the mid match performance of referee Robert Madley). Whilst we will get to both, to begin with anything BUT the performance of the Brentford team and supporters would be to pay them the most horrendous disrespect.

To a man, the Bees were magnificent. In a pressure cooker atmosphere, where everybody knew what was at stake, it was a Herculean performance.

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 Thanks for reading over the course of the campaign. For now I need to make space on this page for any follow up.  The ‘close season’ / World Cup columns continue in full, further on in this site.


14 Responses to “A stunning day in League One (despite sour grapes and a conspiracy theory)”

  1. John March 16, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Its rich you having a go at slade when your manager, players and fans were so ungracious in the defeat by my Wolves team, also of the ref? when we played you all you set out to do was kick us off the park and should have had two at least sent off including tarkowski.

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Ah, John – a warm welcome back, as ever.

      Its funny, because i don’t recall being anything but gracious in defeat when Wolves won at Griffin Park. I’ll add a hyperlink to this piece.

      Not sure that our manager or team were ‘ungracious’ either, but happy to stand corrected if you could highlight who said what, exactly, to cause you so much consternation.

      Have a great afternoon.


  2. StuWolves March 16, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    StuWolves here

    Well, who would have written that script, 10 men for 40 minutes, away from home at the highest scorers, well not I. To prove it, I wrote in after the Wolves match saying ” you guys would get beat by the Os”
    I will eat humble pie, I was wrong and I admit it. I did watch the last 30 mins, Orient were limp, defeated, bland, and clueless. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. So well done you Bees.
    In my comment I also said you would be there at the end and a quick glance behind us shows we could well be there come May 3rd.

    Your manager was ungracious after the Wolves match and I support John in that, but it’s all part of the game they play so it is taken with a pinch of salt.
    Wolves fans ripped into the Bees fans, but genuine fans bear no malice, it adds to the day.
    A huge congratulations on getting your application accepted by the Government, God knows you need the new ground (not a dig, but an observation) it will stand you in good stead next year. Wolves will gladly fill it for you again next year in the Championship.

    So, well done Bees, see you next year, which league is in both our hands so good luck.

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      Cheers Stu – very decent of you to say so.
      I think the banter is part of what makes football so great – you’ll always get some people going a bit OTT but I just balance it out against the vast majority of those who see it as a fantastic rivalry that should be enjoyed.
      Brentford and Wolves are clearly the best teams in the division at present and have been for some time now. I fully expect a rematch next campaign in the Championship, albeit with the Bees as champions…. 😉

      There’s a long way to go before that, though, but if both teams keep up their form I can’t see anybody catching up now.

  3. Rustymini March 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Well done for yesterday. You’ve done yourselves and us a favour in opening up a gap between our two teams and third place. It’s a pity (from a Wolves perspective) that we couldn’t do ourselves a favour and beat Shrewsbury. It was one of those days when I think we could have played for another two weeks and still not scored. I didn’t see your game on the tellybox (I was, of course, at Molineux) but I’m told you more than deserved your win.
    With both of us having two games in hand and a points advantage over third place, destiny is in our own hands. See you in the championship.

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      Many thanks indeed.

      Next weekend could be very interesting now. I think you are right that yesterday really helped us both. Has it knocked the psychological stuffing out of Orient….?

      Roll on Saturday when we can find out.

      Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment.


  4. Mike Griffiths March 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    A thoughtful and sensible post. Glad when miserable managers get comeuppance. Brentford have deserved to be automatics after least season’s disappointment. Just hope we both keep pushing on into the Championship. Good luck. Our game yesterday started as though we would score at will, but ended with huge frustration. Pity with a crowd of 24000 there!

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      Cheers Mike. If its any consolation for yourselves, a crowd of 24,000 for a League One game isn’t top be sniffed at.

  5. Anglian Wolf March 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Another good piece Nick and what a fantastic day for you guys.

    Apart from the fact that we couldn’t find our way round, through, over or under the Shrewsbury team bus that was parked across the Molineux pitch it was a good day.

    This has been an incredible season in League One history with three teams in such runaway point-scoring form. Rotherham started the day before Saturday’s game with a points tally of 65. This same stage last season that would have seen Rotherham sitting top or so I am told.

    The pace at the top has been stunning and it is vital for any of us that at least one of the trio stumbles and falls away. We will have our own little slip-ups (Shrewsbury) before the end of the season and the same will be true for you – that’s just football. However, your victory yesterday combined with the fact that we both now have games in hand on the O’s could be the first real sign hat three could soon become two in terms of a breakaway at the top.

    I personally, and honestly, don’t care whether we finish top or second as long as long as it is in one of those two spots. I would enjoy the title, of course, and we would echo you guys I am sure in staking a claim that “we deserve it” but in truth it’s utterly irrelevant. The prize is promotion and nothing else matters.

    So well done, thanks and good luck

    PS Why is it that you have more Wolves fans leaving comments on here than Brentford fans? Strange. By the way, not sure although you may be interested to learn that we are currently on track to be tacking between 9-10,000 fans to MK Dons at the end the month – Wolves Aye We. Who said League One football cannot be a pull for fans eh?

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Thanks again for your visit and comments.

      Couldn’t agree more with what you say. I’d love to be champions but,ultimately, if I could guarantee second spot now then I’d bite your hand off for it. Going up is the main prize.

      As for League One, I continue to be blown away by the pace and form of the leading pack. That’s a really interesting stat you’ve dug out.

      With the Bees only losing once in the last 23 games, or Wolves picking up 28 points out of a possible 30, either club can be justifiably surprised in not being well clear at this late stage.

      Still, all that counts now is holding the nerve. I firmly believe we’ll be playing each other in the Championship next season.

      Cheers – Nick.

      PS – as for the comments point, I just welcome the fact that there is so much interest and intelligent comment from the team who are,clearly, the major opposition to Brentford this year.

  6. tim March 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    As a Bees fan of many years, and many disappointments, I will celebrate when and if we do it !!

    Certainly I believe we deserve to go up and after listening to Mr Slades Comments yesterday I am so glad we beat them with 10 men !!

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

      I’ll be celebrating every step of the way.
      Yesterday we were well within our rights to release some exhuberance after a refereeing performance that will ensure the name of Madley forever ranks alongside Stroud, Biggar, Atwell and d’Urso .
      As for Slade – I couldn’t agree with you more.

      Thanks indeed


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