And relax. With the weekend’s opening round of Championship fixtures having played out, Brentford find themselves just three points off Ipswich and Norwich (to name but a few) at the top end of the table whilst staying clear of Newcastle and Leeds United amongst others. Put a bit more simply, we lost to Huddersfield Town.2-1
What can you say? Well, for one I wasn’t even there. A last minute summer’s weekend camping meant the closest yours truly got to match action was tripping over the guy ropes chasing a rogue ball during an on-site kick about. Hey , at least it wasn’t a twig. And then failing, spectacularly , to get any internet reception to keep track of the scores.
As such, it meant a hasty retreat to the local pub – this, purely for research purposes – to catch up on all the scores, updates , comments etc.
And? We lost. Frustrating , for sure, but is it really the doom and gloom some supporters are already embracing? Sometimes, I do wonder if people take as much pleasure for a defeat as a victory – simply for the opportunity to then let rip and exercise those ‘keyboard warrior’ tendencies.
Whatever. Each to their own. I’ve said it time and again – the table doesn’t take shape until ten games in. For all the comic effect of seeing Newcastle sitting bottom of the pile on Saturday morning (and, likewise, the somewhat more stomach churning sight at the top), this will only be a temporary state of affairs.
What I’d take more notice of is those teams already starting to fill their shooting boots. Forest, Ipswich Town and Norwich City (sans Sergi Canos) all managing four apiece. For all the possession and shots on / off target that a team may have, there’s only one stat that counts. And that’s balls in the back of the net. With Ipswich Town, who beat new boys Barnsley 4-2, next up at Griffin Park we get the chance to see if this was a one off or whether the Tractor Boys could be one of those setting the early pace.
As for Brentford, positives can include Lewis Macleod lasting 80 minutes of a game. What a wait to get there since he signed last January and promptly endured that unfortunate run of injuries and mishaps. Nico Yennaris, missing from the start because of an infected toe, came off the bench to score at the end of a beautiful move involving Lewis and Romaine Sawyers.
Daniel Bentley pulled off a number of smart saves and , from a sartorial perspective, looked every bit the part with Kit man Bob pulling a rabbit from the hat. Or kit bag. The previously unrevealed all red number putting one in mind of the early 80s effort worn at Plymouth. For anyone moaning about too much white in the current home kit, perhaps that might be the answer?
Beyond that, I’m in the dark. BeesPlayer highlights on YouTube being my only source of information and so to draw any form of match report will, as ever, be a job for the likes of Beesotted, the BBC or even ‘official’ .
For now, we’ll simply look forward to midweek action in the League cup at Exeter (surely a game the home side will be viewing as a potato skin) and then start the prep for Ipswich on Saturday.