When in doubt, give it to the magician

22 Jun

Not my words but those of BBC World Cup commentator Jonathan Pearce as Lionel Messi gave Argentina the narrowest of victories over (insert your choice of patronising cliché : plucky, heroic, heartbroken, solid, minnows) Iran with a stunning last minute strike that could have been made on the Brentford training ground.

Pick up the ball deep in the heart of ‘Saunders territory’, hit it with the accuracy of a Forshaw or the fake-tanned wing-wizard himself and add a dash of International class c/o Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg.

It was a truly magnificent effort after a somewhat turgid encounter and, if not quite up there with Van Persie v Spain or Cahill v Netherlands, is certainly in my top three goals of the tournament. As ever, you can see the goal and the highlights on the BBC website.

Elsewhere, Germany held Ghana 2-2 in the proverbial game of two halves (apologies, I really have been eating cliché for breakfast. Just need ‘park the bus’ for a full house).

Four goals in a twenty-minute spell after half time made the opening 45 minutes, with both teams not so much parking the bus as struggling to get into the depot, a distant memory.

The excitement was cranked up with Miroslav Klose equaling the World Cup scoring record. Age may not have diminished the 36 year old’s eye for goal but it has caught up on his gymnastic skills. His celebratory somersault fell somewhat short and ended up less Olga Korbut and more Ronnie Corbett.

Getting back to Griffin Park, I’ve noticed the League table has now been updated on the BBC web page. It certainly makes great reading with Brentford already in the Championship play off spots (and Wolves currently rock bottom !).


The BBC website already shows Brentford in the play off places

The World Cup may have come to a predictable, albeit premature, conclusion for England but it means all positive energy and thoughts can now be totally focused on the forthcoming Championship campaign.

There are less than 7 (seven) weeks to go until Charlton Athletic visit to kick things off and I can’t wait. If that isn‘t a more exciting prospect than watching veteran Teutonic gymnastics, I don’t know what is.


‘Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup…..’ – The story of Brentford’s season 2013/14 – amongst other things – is now available as a digital book . Featuring the best of the not so bad columns from the last ten months, and some new content, you can download it here for your kindle / digital device


2 Responses to “When in doubt, give it to the magician”

  1. RugbyWolf June 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi, Wolves fan here in peace.
    Good blog again and good to see you in the play offs again, not so good to see us in the relegation places but we have come from behind before, if you remember 🙂
    Would love to hear your realistic views on where you think you will finish next season and what would be a good season.
    The top two, you cant look past Norwich or Cardiff. Fulham will find out how hard the Championship is and with the amount of players released or sold will find it difficult.
    I think we will finish in the top half and then push on the following season. We have not moved any of the squad out and improved it with more to come. A good season would be pushing for a play off but there are going to be a lot of good clubs pushing for the same.
    I was surprised to see that Donaldson could be going to Birmingham on a free as they can offer him better wages. Birmingham are broke and struggled last season and are bringing in loan players as they cant afford to buy any. They will struggle again so find it strange that he sees them as a better prospect than staying at Griffin Park.
    Anyway good luck next season and see you there.

    • nickbruzon June 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      I always make the same ,bad, play off / promotion spot ‘joke’. Don’t think we’ve started as low as sixth in a long while.
      Next season all depends on who we have in the squad. We’ve had a few loan players last season whilst a couple have been released already / Clayton’s contract ending… So watch this space.
      The one thing I know for sure is it is going to be a tough, but exciting , campaign. Genuinely glad you boys went up, too – there was a lot of banter (most of it very sporting) which I’m looking forward to picking up again next campaign.
      I always want to see us up against the biggest and the best teams, which means a return to Molineux can only be a good thing for this fan

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