We Came. We Saw. We Capitulated. But who is Brentford’s secret Zoolander?

13 Mar

QPR 43% Brentford 57%. What an afternoon! The Bees marched into Loftus Road hoping to achieve a rare double over our fiercest of local rivals and left it as clear and outright winners in the possession stats. It was as dominant and comprehensive a display of ball control as we could have hoped for going into a game of this nature and the Bees came out on top.

That QPR scored 3 goals to our 0 is almost a moot point. With head coach Dean Smith opting not to play a recognised striker but, instead, having diminutive Alan Judge operating as the advanced midfielder (or ‘false 9’, as I saw bandied around !?) in a 4-6-0 formation, its hardly a surprise.

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Questionable decision making yesterday

Those expecting vitriol towards the players aren’t going to get it. Go to Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere. You could see what this meant to the likes of Alan McCormack and Harlee Dean. Our number 6 seemed to be in tears at the end of it and had to be directed towards those who remained of the 3,000 Bees fans. Nico Yennaris continues to grow and Sergi Canos impressed until he was, oddly in my eyes, removed from the field of play at the first substitution.

But despite the best efforts of Woods and Canos, speculative shots from distance don’t usually win games. It worked, once, at Reading, when two world class goals won us the match but that’s very much the exception to the rule. Instead, get the ball into the centre forward. Or forwards . Ryan Woods hit the post and KK had one tipped over late on but that was the only save of note I recall QPR ‘keeper Alex Smithies having to make.

Why Dean Smith chose over an hour of the derby, away from home, to mess about with an experimental formation missing any form of traditional centre forward I have genuinely no idea. Moreso, what on earth does it say about his thoughts on the development squad if picking nobody was deemed a more positive alternate to chucking one of the youngsters in to see how they coped?

Highlights – of sorts

Seriously? What just what was that team selection about? Or is he reading these pages?(no)

Comments during the week of “One would presume Macca will be brought in for QPR …. The only question being who fills the role of ineffectual striker – Hofmann, Djuricin or Vibe” and then yesterday morning of “We could play John Swift in goal with Harlee Dean up front and nobody would care if it meant getting on the 237 home with all three points in our back pocket” were meant in an ironic sense.

Not to be met with respective answers of “nobody” and “Not Harlee. But why not try the smallest man on the pitch who, whilst uber-skillful, isn’t a centre forward

What point was he trying to prove? Whatever it was it certainly didn’t work, no matter how much Dean thinks we were in that game . But hey, “We go again”. Right now I don’t want to overly dwell on it. Abject disappointment is the over-arching emotion. This is what it must feel like to be the parent who says, “I’m not angry. I just feel very let down”.

Brentford fans were reported to be fighting amongst each other and I saw a lot of anger being demonstrated towards those deemed ‘not loyal’, simply for sitting down or not singing Oldham’s song on 90 minute loop. The irony of the pair delivering that particular tirade at one chap in the front row then, between them, failing to return for the second half and slinking out after the third goal was not lost.

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Brentford fans try to ‘up’ the noise levels

Behind me, the emotion had clearly got to another fan who had been giving a running commentary down the phone to his, presumably, better half during the second half. Even this call reached a sad denouement with the line, “Yes. I love you my darling. But we’re sh*t. Now please f**k off” .

Whether right or wrong, this is what it meant to supporters and choosing such a ridiculous time and place to experiment in this fashion shows just how badly Dean Smith called this one.

Still, out of darkness comes light. In a week that has seen Beesotted administer a gentle probing to Matthew Benham and Greville Waterman present his voluminous list of questions to Phil Giles in that marathon two hour interview, the Last Word has its own exclusive.

Who is Brentford’s next top model?

Half time was lit up when BBC Billy Reeves responded to a call of his name by performing a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ touchline sashay. Part Moonwalker, part Zoolander it was as smooth a transition from casual stroll to C&A model as you could ever hope to see. As one terrace wag noted ,” He accelerated from zero to catwalk in 1.2 seconds”.

If only we’d been able to show some blue steel yesterday.

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Is there no end to Billy’s talents?

Nick Bruzon

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9 Responses to “We Came. We Saw. We Capitulated. But who is Brentford’s secret Zoolander?”

  1. Jason March 13, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Fiercest rivals; what a joke!! You need history to be rivals. Believe me, the rivalry is all one way; QPR do not see Brentford as rivals.

    • nickbruzon March 13, 2016 at 7:50 am #

      Hello Jason. Thanks for that wonderful insight

    • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) March 13, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      History? Its a shame that Jason clearly does not know his own club’s history as to why we despise QPR and always will long after any of us are still here

      • Bye bye March 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

        3-0 on your big day out!

  2. Laurence March 13, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    When I said in my last response that the manager hasn’t got a range of strategies I was clearly wrong. I missed the one where we play with no striker whatsoever. Division 1 here we come. What an unmitigated disaster of a self inflicted implosion of a season. There must be a criminal offence on the statute books that covers this event?

  3. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) March 13, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    I was one of the lucky ones. I bought a ticket, but illness prevented me making the 200 mile round trip & instead listened in to Mark & Ciaran instead. Sorry Mark & Ciaran, even I turned off before the end.

    Whatever Matthew & Phil said this week, it all felt hollow in the end, as this was the one we wanted. Yet Dean Smith gave us one of the dumbest and most desperate team selections we have had for a very long time.

    One of our biggest problems in recent months has been getting the ball to the striker. Passing forward rather than sideways or backwards. About the only person who has managed this is Alan Judge. Yes he is our top scorer by some way, but viewing the website Transfermarkt he is also our leading assist again by a long way. So by playing as the lone striker, who on earth was going to give him the chances if he was taken out of the equation? Quite frankly we are dire, and have been for some time. In other teams, other sports, even businesses, if performance has been dire for a considerable period, you change things. Whether its delivery methods, management structures or personnel, you do something about it. You dont do what Brentford have done, and just carry on regardless.

    Last night I looked at my online betting account to see the odds on Brentford getting relegated, and was surprised to see us quoted at 100/1. Im seriously thinking of putting a couple of quid on to recoup my season ticket money if it all goes tits up, as I am that worried that if changes arent made this week it may be too late.

  4. rob March 13, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    I agree that by putting judge ip front you also take away our creativity, so couldnt understand that setup, however i think that sends a clear message to the hierarchy that he doesnt rate his strikers (Hoff apparently was injured).
    It also vindicates Mark Warburtons managerial credentials when the club wanted to sign Djuricin last winter and he wasn’t so keen!
    What a wasted opportunity these last 15 months have been for our BFC….

  5. Nigel Garrigan March 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Agreed, wasted and very damaging. Not only does it endorse Mark Warburton’s credentials, it also demonstrates owners should not meddle in matters in which they know very little.
    A couple of other things – being realistic in a constructive manner does not make you a disloyal supporter, and nobody should be jeering the team, or particular individuals. Our current predicament is not John Swifts fault he’s a young man making his way, if he’s not good enough he should be ‘Coached’ that is after all the system we operate isn’t? I remember quite clearly some of the supporters getting on Andre Gray’s back last season – you should be careful what you wish for.
    Finally can we please quit the flaccid interviews and concentrate on running the football side of the club properly, actions talk far louder than words.

  6. Roderic March 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    It is the owner’s responsibility for this mess; it could all have been so different last season, if he had bought some reinforcements for the big push, not got upset over MW’s wise opinion , that Djur?, was not an asset and moreover, not hobbled the season by pushing his downgrading of MW’s status and announcement that he was going, because he would not yield to the owner’s inflexible demand for restructuring mid season and consequently upsetting the best and most common sense management team at BFC in living memory and his interference in the team side of things, that has been comprehensively discredited, this season. The follow on from that, could have been promotion last season, or a healthy, experienced, balanced and motivated team, ready for a big push this season; instead, it has been one fiasco, after another; the Dutchman was useless, but who recruited him? Carsley was press ganged and ultimately lost to BFC, as a result, by whom? Smith, who is a nice chap, but seemingly unable to get a grip at Championship level ( although he has been handed a poisoned chalice, it is true), was chosen by whom? See above , for the guilty party. Charlton are throwing beach balls on the pitch today, to show their contempt for the owner and crew; why did the BFC owner have to undo the good he did, by stepping out of the financial backing role and making a pigs ear of the playing side?
    It is a Greek tragedy, certainly the folly that goes with lust for control and power, that comes from hubris and results in chaos.

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