X-rated stuff at Rotherham. And that was just off the pitch

28 Feb

Two steps forward, two steps back. Not so much Paula Abdul and M.C. Skat Kat (kids, ask your parents) but the feeling around Brentford after a 2-1 defeat at Rotherham United yesterday. The Millers were always going to be tough opposition, given their perilous position in the relegation zone and so it proved. But with basement club Charlton Athletic going down to Reading by the odd goal in 7(seven) yesterday, at least we have a chance ‘to go again’ next weekend.

What can you say? I wasn’t at this one so had to rely on Bees Player, where Mark Burridge and Ciaran Brett brought us the action along with a cameo from Sean Ridley who appeared just before kick off. Our video whizz kid popped up holding what Mark described as the biggest hot dog ever, to opine further on the forthcoming game.

hot dog

A sausage added to the pre-match chat

In addition, one of the home supporters seemed to be doing his level best to join in with the commentary once it all kicked off. It was the sort of language more suited to an x-rated movie than a football match and highlighted the perils of building the press box amongst the supporters. One for the builders to take note of for Lionel Road, when it happens.

He seemed quite sure that the Brentford players were unable to do something, although I couldn’t quite figure out what. This, despite his constant screaming of “You can’t, you can’t” (at least, I think that’s what he was shouting). ‘Defend’ was the suggestion from one terrace wag. Well done Mark B in maintaining his composure throughout this first half barrage.

If it didn’t sound great the subsequent highlights show Rotherham had the lions’ share of chances. And goals. Indeed, when the most memorable thing to come out of the afternoon seems to have been the presence of Toumani in the away end (well played, that man) it’s one we’re just going to have to chalk off to experience and hope the Charlton game sees things get back to normal. Whatever normal is for this season.

Mark and Ciaran do their thing.

I have no quibbles whatsoever with Dean’s team selection. It was about as attacking as it comes given the options available to him at present. Sadly though, the heroics against Wolves just couldn’t be repeated.

Indeed, the lunchtime aperitif of Wolves v Derby showed that the men from Molineux can play a bit, when they put their mind to things. A 2-1 home victory was all the more noteworthy after a brace from George Saville of all people. Despite my own assertions on Wednesday, perhaps he can find the back of the net when he puts his mind to it.

As ever, Twitter was the other place to be for those not able to make the journey. Luis Adriano showing he knows as much about me when it comes to reading a game. It’s all his fault, perhaps?


Is Luis a goalkeeper? It’s all his fault

Then there were the post-match tweets from the players. Honest enough from their perspective although a somewhat familiar path being trod here. As one supporter (Jacks Dad) noted, “Cut and paste working overtime this season.

Harlee: Sorry to all who travelled up. No where near good enough.

Sergi Canos: Sorry to all who travelled up today…

I thought we might have turned a corner after the poor run that had preceded the Wolves game. Sadly it wasn’t to be, this time. To be honest, after a season of managerial upheaval, the pitchgate affair and all those player sales, when we look back it’ll probably be considered quite an achievement for Brentford to stay up this season. And if we can do it without any further unrest over the next few months, all the better.

Then again, we’re Brentford FC. We don’t do things normally or quietly.

It’s only Sunday morning yet already I can’t wait for the Charlton game. This is the club we support – whether in the Championship, Ryman Premier or any division. We may not always agree with the team selections, the staff appointments, the transfer policy or the tactics. We may not always leave the game happy when the referee blows his final whistle. Certainly, we may not always agree with each other.

But I’m a much happier man for knowing that regardless of everything else, the next game is just 6 days away.

Until then, here’s Paula Abdul and Skat Kat. Kind of….

Nick Bruzon


5 Responses to “X-rated stuff at Rotherham. And that was just off the pitch”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) February 28, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    The BeesPlayer commentary was for all the more entertaining as Mark’s comments on the Rovram supporter were clearly within earshot of him, showing Mr Burridge’s more mischievous side. One could almost see Ciaran Brett sinking lower and lower into his seat.

    Those of us on Twitter should all look to see if we can see our DoF, Rasmus Ankersen’s account. Having seen a couple of tweets saying they were barred, I thought id pop along myself to have a peek. Lo and behold! I too was barred!!

    This was the first time I have been barred by anyone. Im not upset, just very amused that Rasmus has found time to trawl through Twitter and bar anyone however insignificant they may be, from seeing his tweets. My crime…being critical of the current job share arrangement at the top. I was not abusive nor did I swear, just voicing an opinion. I do wonder if the PR machine at GP know about our DoF mass barring of supporters? Is it another PR own goal? Or just Rasmus trying to protect his future as Brand Rasmus? Whatever, I get the feeling now he is not going to be around TW8 for much longer

    • nickbruzon February 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      I’m gutted – he’s not blocked me yet. Must. Try. Harder…

      • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) February 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

        Just looking back through my tweets it may well have been the Tweet I made just before the Europa League game where Rasmus was interviewed by the Telegraph, and Rasmus said he had a really good transfer window. I simply pointed out he may have forgotten he is also a DoF at Brentford too!

  2. gordonbankole February 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Bernard, you are speaking as if being barred by our esteemed DOF is something negative. As they say, I’d be taking the positives out of that one.

    “He is not going to be around TW8 for much longer.” One can hope, but given the apparent closeness between our owner and Mr Ankersen I fear he will be around for some time to come.

  3. Spanish Bee February 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Badge of honour, mate

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