Can Brentford take bragging rights, and 3 points, from QPR?

30 Oct

Game on. The first match between Brentford and QPR in over ten years takes place on Friday evening with a full house expected at Griffin Park and many more watching live on Sky. It would be fair to say, and moreso given some of the history, that expectation levels are close to going through the roof. But what are we going to get?

Don’t lose” seems to be the priority. And for supporters of both clubs. But it’s the wrong way to approach a game, in my opinion. Had we been playing the likes of Manchester City or Arsenal then, perhaps, caution would be the better part of valour. But, in footballing terms at least, QPR are currently on a par with the Bees.

Only two points separate our teams as Brentford’s three consecutive victories (at present, the longest winning streak in the Championship) makes us the division’s form team. And there weren’t many people who thought we’d be saying after the first few games of the season.

The BBC table shows Brentford are now in the top half

The BBC table shows Brentford are now in the top half

Will Lee Carsley go for broke and keep up the attacking football that has seen us score 7(seven) goals in those three wins whilst shipping only one? Or will staying unbeaten, in what is sure to be a highly charged atmosphere, be a priority?

I hope we play as we have done in recent weeks. In Alan Judge we have the Championship’s man of the moment whilst QPR, although tightening things up in the last two games, have been haemorraging goals. Only Rotherham United (24) have leaked more than the 22 that have hit the back of the Rangers’ net this season.

Besides, we’re just not very good at sitting back. Look at those opening 15 minutes against Charlton Athletic last weekend. Letting a team run at us, rather than dictating play, was almost catastrophic. In the end it all turned out rather well and, for that reason alone, I expect Lee to play in a similar vein with a similar starting XI. The main question being whether to go with Lasse Vibe ahead of Marco Djuricin?

Against Charlton, Brentford pushed until the last minute

Against Charlton, Brentford pushed until the last minute

Vibe took his, and our third, goal beautifully (although that was as much down to the stunning crossfield ball played by Alan Judge) and so could be in contention to start on the pitch rather than the bench. Either way, a nice problem for Lee Carsley to have.

And could we see Sam Saunders on the bench? Or is that just wishful thinking as the wing wizard and deadball danger man continues his return to match fitness? What a moment to make his return tonight would be.

The main threat to the Bees, especially with Jamie Mackie (a player you just don’t hear mentioned enough, such is his prodigious talent and footballing education ) injured, will be from former Poole Town dangerman Charlie Austin. Assuming he starts.

The free scoring frontman is expected to be fit once more after a month out with a hamstring injury but will he put in any form of appearance?

Well, I’m not too bothered. Of course, I’d rather our opponents were missing their better options but, equally, we’ve played good teams before and we’ve raised our game accordingly. Last season’s Championship campaign has certainly taught us to fear nobody.

I hope that Lee and the team play the game and the opponents rather than the event and reputation. The games with Fulham last season showed us all how exciting it can be if you approach a local derby with the right attitude.

Oh, for a repeat of the last one at Griffin Park. Fulham were dominated to a level unseen outside of certain private members’ clubs before snatching one against the run of play. But then Harlee’s thunderbolt and Jota’s injury time winner sent the place crazy.

Could we do it again? At 7.45pm, we find out.

Jota - his winner against Fulham at Griffin Park was quite exciting

Jota – his winner against Fulham at Griffin Park was quite exciting

Nick Bruzon

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4 Responses to “Can Brentford take bragging rights, and 3 points, from QPR?”

  1. David Carney. October 30, 2015 at 7:05 am #

    I really take exception to the statement ‘…QPR and currently on a par with the Bees…’.
    Brentford are – and have been for a few years – on the up and QPR are at best static and more likely enduring a period of decline. It just so happens that both are in the same division as Brentford pass on the way up as QPR slowly sink. How Lovely that is.

    • Pete McCullagh October 30, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Maybe finish above us once in 70-80 years before making those ridiculous claims. Our last few years would be the greatest in Brentford history.

  2. RebelBee October 30, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Bit harsh David. Technically we are on a par at the mo, other than that I hope the rest of your comments come to pass.

  3. Rob October 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    I don’t care…We won! We rode our luck a little, but we’re the better footballing side on the night, had more tenacity than our opposition and deserved the 3 points! Well done Bees another highlight in my 30 years + of being a fan….what a difference a month makes….

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