“Is there anything he cannot do”? Judge inspires brilliant Bees

25 Oct

Not my words but those of Channel 5 ‘Football League tonight’ commentator Paul Walker to describe Alan Judge. That, after Charlton Athletic had been walloped 3-0 by a resurgent Brentford team for whom the Irishman, as last weekend, was chief destroyer. With two assists and a goal that sent Charlton to another defeat (and saw their head coach Luzon his job at full time), it’s no wonder that clubs such as Swansea City and Bournemouth are rumoured to be interested in a player who is very much our man of the moment.

Those present at The Valley witnessed, the first fifteen minutes aside, as dominant a performance from Brentford as one could hope for away from home. Being quite honest, Charlton had more than enough chances to have taken an insurmountable lead during an opening spell that saw them cut us open like a hot knife through a Swiss cheese.

Simon Makienok, coming over like a cross between Max Zorin and Andy Carroll, won’t enjoy watching the play back of that one. Thankfully, rather than a goal hungry Bond villain, we were looking at somebody with the finishing skills and positional awareness of Nick Proschwitz. And having failed to take their opportunities, Charlton paid the ultimate price.

Max Zorin - crowbarred excuse

Max Zorin – crowbarred excuse

The first for the Bees came via the head of John Swift. That man Judge sending over an inch perfect cross from the right which the on loan Chelsea midfielder made no mistake with. It was all made to look far too easy thanks to the precision of the delivery and the technique used to connect. But better was still to come.

Alan McCormack, but for a couple of inches, would have had a contender for goal of the season. Running onto a pass from Marco Djuricin, he hit it first time from 25 yards, only to see it rebound off the underside of the stanchion. It had the away crowd on their feet, cheering a certain goal as Stephen Henderson was left flapping at air. Alas, it wasn’t to be, but if the first half saw Brentford end on top and with a slender lead, things continued to accelerate in the second.

Judge turned from provide to poacher, curling a beauty past Henderson from the corner of the box for 2-0 to send Bees fans bonkers. It was a finish to rival the best of any he has scored and will only highlight further the talent this man has. Judge has always been quality but the step up in his game this season, when all around have struggled at times, only gives more evidence as to why the likes of Bournemouth and Swansea are being linked with him.

I love Lee Carsley’s approach. Rather than sit on 2-0, Brentford carried on pushing. Lasse Vibe made it three, becoming another beneficiary of Judge’s perfect delivery. DHL could learn a lot from this man, such was the quality. Picking up the cross-field ball, Vibe beat Henderson at his near post from just inside the box to wrap things up with minutes left on the clock.

Not even Brentford could cock it up from here” said one terrace wag and, sure enough, we didn’t. At one point it looked as though Harlee might even have made it four, coming close with his head from a dead ball.

View from the stand - Harlee almost makes it four

View from the stand – Harlee almost makes it four

Judge will, rightly, get the headlines but what pleased me so much was the all round team performance. Nico Yennaris looked assured at right back whilst Jake Bidwell continued to probe down the left. Ryan Woods’ vision and passing looks like he will be another with the potential to play at a higher level whilst Alan McCormack bossed the midfield.

Even David Button had one of his ‘heart in mouth’ sweeper moments that saw him break out of goal to round not one but two Charlton players before playing it out. Rush of blood to the head or just further evidence of the confidence sweeping through this team?

Nine points, 7 (seven) goals scored, just one against and two clean sheets from our last three games show that whatever had been bothering the camp (don’t start…) now seems a distant memory. Lee Carsley has the players enjoying their football and, as importantly, so are the fans.

The goals were stunning, as was the vast majority of the performance. Even the Beesplayer team hit all the right notes – but then any commentary which includes a denouncement of Mexican waves and supporter bands will only ever meet with approval.

Great comms, as ever, from Mark Burridge

I feel for Charlton, genuinely. Nobody likes to see a team in this predicament and I’d thoroughly recommend a read of the Charltonaesthetic blog, to give a beautifully worded account of things from their perspective. If this page is the cheap knock off, then ‘aesthetic’ is very much the Bayeux tapestry of football wordsmithery (is that even a word?)

A disgraced Luzon crabs in and out of his hiding cave like an insidious Megadrive villain….. As the crowd stand and boo the decision, a collective consciousness drops and we realise we’re all embroiled in the Roland Prison Experiment. Left in charge, how far out of control will Luzon’s radical decisions spiral? What lengths will fans go to protecting fellow inmates Charlton from further harm? It’s a dastardly scheme for sure.”

That’s a talent in writing I can only admire, so please do go and enjoy the full article.

The players were in jubilant mood on social media after the game, most of who were bigging up Alan. Yes, he deserves every plaudit but so do all the others.

Harlee, Tarks, Lasse and the rest of you. Thanks for a great day out and reminding us just how good this team can be

Now, if we could just do the same on Friday night…..

Back to school for Charlton - but not at a water based college

Back to school for Charlton – but not at a water based college

Nick Bruzon


12 Responses to ““Is there anything he cannot do”? Judge inspires brilliant Bees”

  1. Rodi October 25, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Carsley has improved matters, after a terrible two games, but let’s keep the feet on the ground; Judge is suddenly showing great form, I think this is much connected to his ambition to be picked as a playing member of the Irish squad; both himself and several other key domestic players, are still without renewed contracts; why? Now interest from top flight clubs for Judge, so if he goes in the New Year, what then? The BFC suits need to nail down the contracts and soon. Two of the three victories are against teamsthat are really in bad shape; also, Wolves happened to have hit a bad patch; that is all to BFC’s advantage and well done for getting their shit together at last; I hope the improvement and progress continues, but I think that one must not evade the fact of the incompetence and unethical behaviour of the string pullers at BFC; their poor judgement is still lurking in the background. The foreign players are largely not up to much ; Kerch, etc seemingly did nothing in the game and Djur, etc missed so many good chances, he should be statistically banished to Salzburg castle dungeons.

    • nickbruzon October 25, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      I’m just enjoying the moment..

    • hobo October 25, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Top of the league for negativity Rodi,Great comical input as usual though

      • Rodi October 25, 2015 at 11:10 pm #


  2. Colin October 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    I agree with Rodi, with Alan playing so well we need to nail him down to a contract before he goes off from a song…. I think we need to protect our best assets now we have had the big sell off. Surely we have enough cash in the pot after the departures to give him and a few others a good deal. We need to see if Swift and Segio could be considered to be added to the squad to with the 15 million or so we have from transfers fund

    • Rodi October 26, 2015 at 11:25 am #

      Well said Colin; all sorts of financial and other factors, were given as the reason for losing a large pot of the cream of the team earlier this season; any further degradation of quality from the squad, in particular Judge, would be madness; I think it is strange for Carsley, to be almost blessing the departure of Judge, in terms of saying he is ready to move on to a Premiership club; this is already being quoted on Bournemouth fan websites as an encouraging sign for Bournemouth to make a move for him; Brentford need to keep Judge, if they have a sincere ambition to get promotion, eventually.

    • hobo October 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Colin if the money is right judgey will leave if he wants, i suspect he was told that when he signed and BFC would not stand in his way, the same as they did’nt with Moses and Andre. Its been well documented BFC runs at a loss and its only because of Mr Benhams ill gotten gains that we are where we are today, aint that right Rodi.

      • Rodi October 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

        hobo, why are you always so negative, oppressive to free speech and lacking in any constructive insight? Oh, I know, you represent a pinhole focus on gambler love and blind fanaticism.

    • Rob October 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      Agree…put a rediculously high value on him…£20m? to fend off the vultures and offer him a contract that’s worthy of his industry and talent. Big McCormack too. He plays with his heart on his sleeve and is the grit in the midfield. Even Harlee has started to play with authority and consistency this season, stepping up to the plate and I believe he’s out of contract come May.
      We’ve taken the money on Gray, had to swallow Moses’ buy out clause, so please, no more sell offs unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  3. RebelBee October 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Oh god here we go again, poor little BFC, what with FFP and our small budget. All players have their price, we know that, but AJ owes us a bit too, we helped restart his career, he’s in the the ROI set up, so let’s get a new deal done.

    Things have been awful, now they are looking a bit better. I’m well happy with that, but it shouldn’t have been this way, and it isn’t analytics that have pulled us out of our nosedive.

    • Rob October 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Interestingly enough, a number of the players brought in over the summer “based on a statistical model” weren’t playing from the start and instead it was the stalwarts who’ve turned things around. The Kerchbaumers and Gogias either need more time to adapt (in the same way as Jota was gradually introduced last season) or just aren’t good enough at this level.
      A strong work ethic, good man management, and confidence are the catalyst thats pulled us out of the nosedive.

      • RebelBee October 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

        Agree 100%, some of the signings may turn out to be OK but it’s no surprise that a British style coach has resurrected our fortunes by selecting an able championship team, playing in the way that you describe.

        I’m of the mind that we should sort deals out for AJ and others who are running down contracts. That in itself doesn’t mean they won’t be sold but it helps. I had no issue with the sale of Gray and Moses, it’s still the Dallas one that annoys me.

        It’s interesting to me that some of those who support MB’s every move see us as a small club. something we’ve never been btw. MB doesn’t either fortunately.

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