Sam, Scott and Sergi in a Field of dreams

1 May

Oh, where to begin? That was stunning. Saturday afternoon saw Brentford dispose of Fulham with what Sky Sports would later describe in their match report as “an emphatic 3-0 rout”. We had a special guest in the Bees Player commentary box  whilst Liverpool loanee Sergi Canos gave a big clue about his future.

Yet the scoreline and that narrative doesn’t even begin to tell half the story of a game played out in front of a 12,300 full house at Griffin Park.

Pre-match had seen Brentford fans in buoyant mood if not somewhat intrigued by head coach Dean Smith’s team selection. Robbed of Lasse Vibe, Jake Bidwell and Alan McCormack though injury, it really looked a patched up outfit. One held together by …gaffer tape, if you will?

Field? Who’s he? Is that a typo”, seemed to be the general consensus around the ground as we all wondered just who the new left back was. In fact (Tom) Field was no typo but a player plucked so deep from the development squad that he didn’t even feature on the back page of the match day programme.

But what a start! Well played that man. Despite the pressure of a first team debut Tom was magnificent. He looked composed, positive and it was he who instigated the first goal. With Fulham pressing he broke up the attack, turned it over and the ball eventually found itself to the demi-god that is Sam Saunders via Sergi Canos.

Sam made the finish look effortless. Moving through acres of space in the Fulham defence he timed it perfectly to run on to the Spaniard’s through ball and float a delightful first time lob over Bettinelli in the visitor’s goal.

Tom Field

Tom Field – a debut to remember

Just 5 or 7 (depending on how your watch is set…..) minutes on the clock and Brentford already a goal up. But if Griffin Park erupted for that one, it went bonkers just two minutes later as Scott Hogan doubled the lead after being put through by Kerschbaumer.

It wasn’t even ten past three and the Bees were already two up. This was just ludicrous. But it would get even better. That man Hogan, again, grabbing his second of the afternoon and Brentford’s third just before half-time. Direct from a corner. That’s not a typo either. A corner whipped in by hero of the hour Tom Field and volleyed home by Scott.

The crowd exploded. Peter Gilham lost it. In the best possible sense. “The scorer of Brentford’s third goal…Yoannnn Barbettttt !!!…. I think, ” and then after the briefest of pauses, “ No. It was Scott Hogan. Who cares !!!!

Bottles were launched at the celebrating striker. Fulham fans booed their own team. “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” was the cry. Three up at half time and surely this could only better.

Sadly for those wanting a fairy tale ending, head coach Dean Smith wisely opted to rest Hogan for the second half. Tom Field was also subbed early, leaving to a hero’s round of applause. Yet not as big as the one which Sam Saunders would eventually get.

Sam Saunders v Fulham (1)

View from the Braemar. Sam – a magnificent 7

The second period passed in somewhat of a blur. Sergi Canos had one nailed on shout for a penalty denied but, in the end, it was ‘only’ 3-0 when the referee called a halt to proceedings.

Brentford were simply magnificent . All of them. Andy Gogia, especially, impressed me whilst David Button pulled off a couple of great stops when the visitors eventually got through. Yet to overly single anybody out on this most wonderful of afternoons would be unfair.

Statistically speaking, Scott Hogan is going to present us with a conundrum at the season end. Even ‘official’ twitter were on form yesterday as they noted :

Scott Hogan recordAt this rate he’s averaging about 6 goals every 90 minutes of football. Now there’s reward for the faith Matthew Benham and Neil Greig’s medical team have shown. No pressure for next season 🙂

Brentford are 10th . We’re 14 points clear of a Fulham team against whom our record in the last two seasons reads.

Played: 4.  Won: 3.  Drawn: 1.  Lost: 0.  Goals For :11.  Goals Against: 4.  Points: 10.

Writing this on Sunday morning, I can’t wait for midday when the chance to watch the YouTube highlights presents itself. Mark Burridge was joined by Dave Morley and super fan Natalie Sawyer in the Bees Player commentary box where, I am in no doubt, things reached fever pitch.

Mark Burridge and Natalie Sawyer

Our commentator par-excellence was joined by Natalie.

As for Sergi Canos. Could we have seen his last game for the Bees? At least, at Griffin Park.

After the match he gave a strong hint that he’d be heading back to Liverpool, as he took to twitter where he thanked fans, saying:

Wow. That was incredible!! Last game for me in Griffin Park… Will always be in my heart. Thanks for everything. What a year has been for me…

Who knows what plans Dean and Matthew Benham have in regards to potential transfer targets over the summer, if any. Likewise, who knows where Jürgen Klopp sees the young Spaniard fitting in at Anfield. If he is deemed ready, of course.

Like Alex Pritchard before him, I think we’ve seen our time with Sergi but I’d love it if he was to return. That said, if his future is elsewhere then at least he has left us with this thought…

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Sergi nails it on Twitter

Sergi. I can’t top that.

If it really was your last game at Griffin Park then all we can say is: THANK YOU

Nick Bruzon


6 Responses to “Sam, Scott and Sergi in a Field of dreams”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) May 1, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    What a day! Ridiculously easy. A clean sheet. Fulham one of the poorest sides to visit GP this season, despite their ridiculously high wage bill. A superb debut by Tom Field who had a hand in all 3 goals. Scott Hogan’s full debut, 2 goals, & like any superhero pronounces at half time ‘my work here is done’, and sits the second 45 out. Knowing we are definitely top half, despite all the lows we have had this season. The maligned KK & Gogia having great games. Barbet just getting better & better each game.

    The one negative for me is that I ended up on a 0% success rate for the season on #BeeTheDJ. Obviously, he or she does not appreciate good music, or never heard of anything Ive asked for. Although, the person I feel most sorry for is the fella who asked for ‘Caravan of Love’ by the Housemartins, every single game and never once got it played. Keep going fella next season!

    • nickbruzon May 1, 2016 at 7:14 am #

      Who knows how #BeeTheDJ works or what buttons need to be pressed in order to trigger a tune. I’m still thrilled to have heard The Quo.

      Actually, I’m just thrilled to have heard anything over the Griffin Park p.a. this season.

      We’ll have to champion the Housemartins for next season

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) May 1, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    I believe a number of Norwegian fans were there yesterday. Reminds me of one of their most famous pieces of commentary…

    “Johnny Haynes, Felix Magath, Hugh Grant, Very expensive Greek fella who barely played, Lily Allen, tall bloke from Pointless, Tony Gale, Tony Gale, Can you hear me TONY GALE?!!! Your boys took a hell of a beating”

  3. RebelBee May 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Brilliant day at a rammed GP, ain’t it great to support a club with so much passion and soul. Our patched up Bees simply wanted this game more, throw in a proper finisher up top and there we go, game over. The transformation over the past weeks has been incredible, huge credit to everyone at BFC for upping their game, and to Matthew Benham for sticking to his vision, when in all honesty I felt totally lost in the post Warburton fog. That’s why he’s in charge an I’m not. Competence and smart risk taking can take BFC past so many of these wasteful clubs, if we can just improve on a few of the things that haven’t gone to plan, the lazy media and football world need to watch out, because the bees are rising. Belittle us all you want, we’re coming for you.

    Finally , come on Burnley, do the biz tomorrow – the cash would come in handy not to mention sending the hoops home pointless.

  4. rob May 1, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Fair play to the ‘failed experiment’ that Bees fans myself very much amongst them were belittling only a couple of months ago. Those cheap foreign imports played very well yesterday. KK was at the heart of a lot of the good stuff we did (i would love to see him score in the last game and carry some confidence into next season), as everyone said Barbet gets better every match and even Gogia had a decent cameo. And then you have some of the under 21s stepping up (although I’m still very interested in seeing Holldack!!). And then there’s the enigma that is Scott Hogan…goal machine extraordinaire! Can you imagine what might have happened last season if he had stayed fit?
    At the end of the day, lessons will have been learnt. It’s not out of the question brining in imports from abroad, but they won’t be able to hit the floor running. You get these guys in and hopefully loan them out for 3 or 4 months and let them sample some of the rigours of English football and refereeing before starting to integrate them. In fairness thats something Phil Giles did say about KK. That they felt he had the makings of a good player but needed time to adapt. He’s oneof the the guys that have actually benefited from The Judge’s misfortune and got a run in the side that at the time his form didnt really merit, but who now seems to be stepping up to the plate

    • hobbo May 2, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      Always thought KK had something about him after pre season games, also he played well in the opening Ipswich home game. Barbet,Colin,Vibe,all proving that there is not a lot wrong wrong with the much maligned recruiting system , and long may it continue. Now its up to the Hoff to prove us all wrong.

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