Bees stung at the death but is this a transfer clue from Mr Benham?

3 Jan

Oh, the irony. For the second time in three away games, Brentford have been ‘Jota’d’ . Following Kenwyne Jones’ 90th minute strike to give Cardiff City a 3-2 win, Maikel Kieftenbeld repeated the act a minute earlier as Birmingham City consigned The Bees to a 2-1 defeat at St. Andrews yesterday. With £3.7m winger Demarai Gray left out, seemingly on his way to Leicester City, the stage was set for the Bees to take advantage but, instead, Birmingham took the honours.

What can you say? In a game between two identically placed teams pushing for the play-offs, a win was vital. And, indeed, it was the Bees pushing for this that ultimately resulted in our downfall as a stray ball from Harlee, well inside the opposition half, allowed the Blues to catch us on the break.

That’s not to blame it all on one man, far from it. This is a team game and we win or lose together. Likewise, given the scenario should there have been a case for taking the point and keeping pace? Moreso given Ipswich Town and Burnley drawing 0-0.

Well, for me I like that Dean Smith had his troops ‘go for it’ until the very end. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t have taken our chances earlier in the game.

But even given our domination (63% possession), as we’ve said many times the only stat that actually counts is balls in the back of the net. The false position in the table in which Birmingham found themselves (really? after 24 games?) that the Bees Player analysts referred to early on proved to be anything but. Then again, despite the ongoing excellence of Mark Burridge (right down to his ‘old school’ use of “denouement”, Billy Reeves style) I did wonder if his co-commentators had been on the last of the Christmas sherry.

The observation that it’s definitely more than a yellow. Is it a red? (following the Jon Toral ‘challenge’ on Jake Bidwell) led to a peculiar discussion about orange cards whilst Birmingham’s winning goal involved Bidwell or someone at the back post. As for half-time guest Tim Street’s novel suggestion that a yellow card was correct because Jake hadn’t been seriously hurt, words fail me… I hadn’t realised that a compound fracture was a pre-requisite for the ref to show red.

I could go on but that’s not the point. It’s old ground and, despite the obvious passion, being able to produce an award winning programme or manufacture website content does not, by default, make you a pundit. As a paying subscriber, that’s my opinion and I’m sorry if it offends anybody. Although by that logic, given the amount of gumph churned out here, perhaps it might be time to start posting the CV to Channel 5.

So Birmingham City leapfrog the Bees who slip to 10th but still remain right amongst it. And, more importantly, we have control very much in our own hands with two home  league games to follow. First up, leaders Middlesbrough and then the televised clash with Andre Gray’s high flying Burnley. Before all that is an FA Cup game which, no doubt, will be used to give some of the squad players and subs a start. 3 matches in 6 days is a huge ask at the best of times, let alone when you are still in the play-off mix

Other points of note for the day are, in no particular order:

Our kit. The regular reader (should such an individual exist) will know my feelings around the new black ‘third’ shirt – truly a thing of beauty. However, the colour clash produced against a team playing in dark blue could surely have been avoided had we been allowed to use our red and white stripes (as we did in the home game at Griffin Park).

Birmingham shirts

The black wasn’t popular amongst those watching

Jota. Supposedly injured in the warm up/training(depending where you read), let’s hope there’s nothing more to it than that. One point the Bees Player team made that I did agree with will be the impact that a fully fit Jota will bring. The attacking potential, and battle for places, in a midfield that already includes the likes of Alan Judge and Sergi Canos is an intriguing one.

Matthew Benham. Our owner has started to follow Pedro Chirivella Burgos on Twitter. Is there anything more to this than his signing for Liverpool alongside Sergi Canos from the Valencia academy? Or can we read it as the first sign of a ‘cryptic clue’ style revelation about an impending loan?

The festive period is over. But that didn’t stop us attempting an elaborate free kick routine with a Christmas tree style line up. The chorus of boos that accompanied the set up for this was clear for all to hear and whilst, sadly, it came to nothing the logic behind it is sound. Do all possible to obscure the view of the defenders and goalkeeper.

Alan Judge was just off target this time but Sam Saunders must have been licking his lips on the bench. It was a set up I’ve not seen before and Channel 5 have a nice video link of the action on their Twitter feed.

Football on 5 freekick

Channel 5 show us the free kick routine

Stats. We’ve already mentioned these briefly but today’s Last Word goes to the undisputed king of statistics, Luis Melville. Tempting fate or the wrong stat at the wrong time as we approached the end of yesterday’s game?

When even the guru that is Luis calls it like this then, perhaps, you just have to accept it was never going to be our day.

Luis stat twitter

Luis tempts the footballing gods….

Nick Bruzon

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11 Responses to “Bees stung at the death but is this a transfer clue from Mr Benham?”

  1. michael ohl January 3, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    I liked you comment regarding Harlee. Heaven knows I am as frustrated as the next fan when we give it away, but as you say it is a team effort and sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth.

    Should we have gone for a winner or settled for a draw. Difficult call. Watching the Bees is not for the faint hearted. And if we had scored – “master stroke”, ” great tactics”.

    I think we can have a moan about improving taking converting our chances. We make plenty, if they went in . . .

    Is there such a thing as a regular reader, of course there is – I am one of them.

    • nickbruzon January 3, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks for your comments, Michael.

      And gad to know I’m not in a minority. Some of the flak Harlee seems to have taken on Twitter is scandalous.
      We were absolutely right to go for it. There’s still a long way to go but the prospect of those extra two points would have been a huge lure.

      I’ve criticised Marinus (and Lee, at the start) for fannying around passing the ball sideways and backwards over the season and so need to stick to my prinicpals as to how we should have been playing.
      Nothing ventured, nothing gained

  2. Tim Street January 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    Nick. Sadly the upshot of having to type for on the whistle uploading, tweet updates and create picture galleries while watching a game these days is you sometimes miss bits of action, which even if just a few seconds, can be crucial. I admit i didn’t have the best view of the Toral foul, and perhaps should’ve admitted that. I admit I’m not great at radio, which is why I’m a writer. I’m used to having time to consider and weigh things up when writing them, and tend to blurt things out when pressed for instant opionion on air. That’s why I admire what the radio guys do, I couldn’t do it.

    • nickbruzon January 3, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

      Hi Tim. Many thanks indeed for reading and, likewise, taking the time to respond. I have no doubt the pressures on matchday for a journalist, rather than a self-confessed ‘numpty on the terrace’ (that’s me) are totally different.

      The point I was trying to make was more about the fact that, regardless of the challenge by Toral, there seemed to be a suggestion that had Jake got hurt then it would be worthy of a red but, as he wasn’t, then a yellow was fine .

      That’s just the way it sounded. We all know the rules are there to protect players from serious injury and I’d hope it wouldn’t take a stretcher to see a red card issued.

      So it seemed a bit odd that was the way the comment came across live – hence my own reaction, as subscriber and ( on this instance) a listener

      That said, it’s easy to say things with a microphone in your face, in a live environment, that perhaps may have been meant differently.

      Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

      Nick

  3. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) January 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    I posed the question of the kit via Mr Burridge to BeesPlayer yesterday, as it does strike me why we never wear our home kit for away matches. In the past it was because our away kit had a different sponsor, which although isnt ideal is understandable.

    Mr B did read out my q to the esteemed panel of experts, and Mr Chapman gave the rather odd answer that the white sash would clash with our white stripes!!! The answer probably left me more bemused than I was before. Surely, Mr Chapman, if you dont know, just dont take random guesses! Just say you dont know! No one will criticise you for not knowing the answer. All of which kind of underlines Nick’s point on the quality of ‘punditry’!

    On the kit issue. I really dont know why we dont wear the Brentford stripes for away games. We have at Brentford psychologists and in Mr Pedersen, evidently a philosopher, who all should understand about these things. Surely pulling on that shirt with red and white stripes running down in should mean a hell of a lot more that a black or blue shirt. Brentford is the red & white. It gives a sense of identity, attachment, pride and desire. So lets get those stripes out for away games and play for the shirt and the badge.

    • nickbruzon January 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

      And this is why you should be writing blog columns, not me !

      • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) January 3, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

        I would not be able to keep up the quality of writing 4 or 5 times a week (talking about blogs here) that you & Greville achieve. Im happy to stick to and best suited to my occasional observation, quip or comment.

        I know my limitations, unlike ….

  4. Lanesra January 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    Anyone know what’s happened to Nico?

    • nickbruzon January 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      Was on the bench on Saturday. Now Max Colin is fit, he’s first choice RB. He’s a class player which is tough for Nico, who’s been playing very well

  5. Tim Street January 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    No problem Nick. The irony is, it was because I knew I was doing a half-time summary with Mark that I was doing some of things I save for half time, like processing pictures (each one we use has to be cropped nine different ways!) during the first half and thus missed the worst of Toral’s foul. When pressed on it at half-time, I admit I kind of blurted out something which, in hindsight, was nonsensical (Mark’s expression told me that straight away) to avoid sounding hesitant. Perhaps just admitting I missed it would have been better, but I’m sure I’m not the first, and won’t be the last, to be caught out by the ‘immediacy’ of broadcast media – as I’m sure most football managers would testify! All the best with the blog.

    • nickbruzon January 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

      Cheers Tim. Thanks again – appreciate getting your perspective on things.

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