Thanks Liverpool. Anfield Loanee Sergi Canós was at the heart of things as a 2-1 win for Brentford over Preston North End saw the Bees climb up the table to within four points of the play offs (and still with that game in hand). Whilst it still remains far too early to decide what sort of form we’ll be showing this season – ten games being the metaphorical line in the sand for that one – what was encouraging were further signs that the players in our new team have the right level of positivity.
With Preston scoring after anything from 16 to 34 seconds depending on which report you read or video you watch (either way, not good) the stage was set for the terrace boo boys to let rip. Instead, and as ever one does have to acknowledge the performance of David Button, the Bees stayed in touch until the arrival of Canós from the bench. And then things went into overdrive.
Described by one terrace wag as “looking like he came on with a bag of E for the squad” (presumably that’s short for ‘energy’), his arrival turned the game on it’s head. He set up Lasse Vibe for the equaliser after great interplay with Alan McCormack, a player who also received supporter plaudits, just moments after his Warburtonesque entrance to the field of play i.e. on the hour.
But then it got better. Do check out the highlights for the wonderful control exhibited by Marco Djuricin. His technique to drag the ball out of the air and turn 180 before running straight at the Ealing Road goal was a thing of beauty. Even better, to then beat the ‘keeper at his near post on the angle, with defenders bearing down on him.
Mark Burridge adds more colour to an impressive package of highlights
Yet despite a Ray Biggar style nine minutes of time added on, the Bees held strong to record a valuable win that could, and say this carefully, be a huge psychological turning point – as much for certain elements of our support.
Talking afterwards to another resident of the terrace, his own view of Canós,was “great vision and really niggled at the opposition. He had just lifted the team when he came on”.
Is it too soon to judge? Or have we unearthed another gem with the Liverpool loanee? Whichever way things turn out the player himself certainly seemed to enjoy the occasion, judging by his post-match Twitter feed.
As for the Bees, that’s the first of three successive home games out of the way and how nice to see Marinus and the team record a win. Sheffield Wednesday, who came out better than Fulham by the odd goal in five, are next up at Griffin Park on Saturday.
Will Canos start that one? Marinus will be hard pushed to keep him on the bench. Wednesday will need to beware, if not the dog (that’s one for any Latin scholars out there) certainly the Spaniard.