Shakes fist angrily at footballing gods – a pain I know too well.

25 May

Brentford were denied a return of the 237 derby next season after QPR beat Derby County 1-0 in the play off for the Premiership on Saturday. The footballing gods then rubbed further salt in the wound by making us sit through a display of Champion’s League self-indulgence from Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo that would have made the twerking Miley Cyrus look like the shy and retiring type.

There’s no question he’s talented. But to see him strutting around half naked, like some coked up peacock on steroids, left a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth. You had to feel for Atlético Madrid after coming so, so close in regular time (or, ‘doing a Brentford’, as it felt watching that).

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8 Responses to “Shakes fist angrily at footballing gods – a pain I know too well.”

  1. dadiouis May 25, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Come off it mate. It’s just sour grapes. We know Brentford fans can’t stand QPR’s success. It’s always been that way and it always will be. Count yourselves lucky that you won’t get a good hiding (twice) by the R;s next season.

    • nickbruzon May 25, 2014 at 9:55 am #

      Disappointment. Yes – I’d have loved another West London derby next season. Sour Grapes? Hardly. Thought Derby deserved it on the day but, perhaps, the consummate lesson in taking their chances and an archetypal example of being caught by the, proverbial, sucker punch at the death

  2. Savvybee May 25, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Whenever Ronaldo acts like that I just think back to 2004 when Greece beat Portugal in the final of The Euros and he burst into tears! Ha!

    • nickbruzon May 25, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Very true. A wonderful image to counterbalance last night

  3. Stern May 25, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Derby failed to score against a team that had 10 men for over half an hour. How can you argue they deserved more?

    • nickbruzon May 25, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      In terms of possession and play – County 100% deserved it more.
      But, in terms of the thing that really counts they ultimately lost out. Ranger’s one shot on target was the difference between the two sides.
      Football is littered with examples of a dominant team missing out through failure to find the back of the net and here we have yet another

      • Jennifer Logan May 25, 2014 at 11:23 am #

        I have to disagree with this analysis really,of course they had more possession as you would expect when a team goes down to ten men,but they didn’t really create many clear-cut chances and the saves that Green made were relatively simple. Rangers took their one chance which is all they needed as their defence performed heroically in adverse circumstances. So well done super hoops!

  4. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) May 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Its Brentford ‘innit

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