Oldham hold ‘em but Brentford and Wolves move clear

30 Mar

So Brentford have come back from Oldham  – the second of three successive road trips up North (Sheffield United are next, on Tuesday)– with a point that takes us further clear of third placed Leyton Orient.

As the Football League Show would later comment, it “wasn’t vintage Brentford but they remain rock solid in second spot.

Few who travelled would argue otherwise.

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8 Responses to “Oldham hold ‘em but Brentford and Wolves move clear”

  1. Jake the Wolf March 30, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    “And we will be champions.”

    You baited the hook and I’ve bitten. I don’t think you will be champions and I’d keep an eye on Rotherham because they want your place.

    • nickbruzon March 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      That’s fair comment.
      I think Leyton Orient are most definitely dead in the water now. Rotherham are, without doubt, the team to watch out for. The irony that Wolves could do us a favour later in the month has not been lost on me.Likewise, the Millers could do us a massive one depending on how the next few games play out…

  2. Rustymini March 30, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Hello Nick. I think that Rotherham rather than Leyton Orient are now the bigger threat to either of our teams promotion hopes, both mathematically and the run of form they’re currently on. That said, the gaps is getting bigger between second and third and the chasing pack are running out of games. Personally I wasn’t impressed by Wolves performance yesterday. Perhaps the almost 9,000 of us that travelled put a bit of extra pressure on the players. Or perhaps the playing surface wasn’t good enough for the passing game we have become used to this season. Whatever the reason I think we were lucky to come away with all three points.
    Sheffield United probably hold the key now as Brentford, Rotherham and Orient all play them in April. Wolves still have to play both Orient and Rotherham although it’s possible that we could have secured promotion before either of these games takes place.

    • nickbruzon March 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Agreed 100%. You could have written Leyton Orient out of it the second Slade lost the plot in his post match press conference after they lost to the Bees.
      Rotherham are on a storming run and will take one of the three slots, n my opinion. Presumably via the play offs although I was just saying to one of your fellow fans the irony of having to cheer on you or them on April 18th has not been lost on me.
      Well played yesterday. The weight of expectation can be like an albatross around the neck but you’ve done well against a team sniffing at the play offs.
      From a Bees perspective, I’m just happy the gap has increased further – despite the way we played

  3. Dave March 30, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I agree with Rusty. Since Hull recalled their goalkeeper last Thursday, Orient ceased to be our main rival and Rotherham became the ones to watch, especially with their current form. If we can get a result on Tuesday (and if we play our best I see no reason why we can’t) then that 8 point lead we’ll have over Rotherham should prove too much for them, particularly as they have games away to Sheffield Utd and Wolves to come. If we don’t though, I’ll be getting increasingly more nervous until we finally rediscover our winning mojo.

    And kudos on attempting to use the word whom. Unfortunately, you used it incorrectly. Simple test. Imagine a full stop after Bradford City, then imagine BC as a man. Would you start the next sentence with he or him? If he, then you want who. If him, you want whom.

    • nickbruzon March 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Many thanks indeed Dave.

      Sadly, the use of ‘whom’ was not kudos worthy. Just my fat fingers and general poor observation skills (it should have been a ‘who’ but the lack of an editor mean these sort of things slip through the net more often than I’d care for)

  4. Anglian Wolf March 30, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I agree with Rusty, Dave – and for that matter – Jake the Wolf. The dark horse to watch are indeed Rotherham although they may possibly have left their run a little too late. They still represent a bigger threat, though, than Orient at the moment.

    Mr Slade’s outfit appear to have hit the wall at the moment and frankly long may that continue. We can certainly do you guys a big favour when we visit their place in a couple of weeks.

    As for finishing Champions, you will now need to rely on Wolves hitting something of skid patch while you pretty much win every game. To be honest, I can see another slight stumble or two before the season is through but I can see that for both of us.

    I personally don’t care too much as long as we go up but as things stand at the moment, it is hard now not see Wolves finishing top and probably with a three-figure points tally.

    See you in the Championship – whatever order we finish in the league this year

    • nickbruzon March 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      I don’t think there’s anything dark about Rotherham. They are, undoubtedly, the divisional form team whilslt Slade has self destructed at Orient.
      I’m optimistic that they’ve left it a bit too late to mount a challenge but stranger things have happened

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