What do we know after the first round of Championship fixtures?

8 Aug

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.


Football action was limited to tripping over guy ropes (rather than twigs)

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.

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Bob pulled a retro rabbit from his kit bag on Saturday

Nick Bruzon


2 Responses to “What do we know after the first round of Championship fixtures?”

  1. RebelBee August 8, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Wasn’t there on Sat either, friends who were said we were poor, and that whilst Huddersfield deserved the win, they weren’t that great. Whilst I think there are nagging questions on the squad and our preparedness that have carried over from pre-season, this is the reality check we probably all needed.

    No problem was ever solved by standing back and moaning about it, from the top down all at BFC need to redouble efforts this week to try to bring in a bit more quality and to get everyone fit. And we as supporters need to come together now and get behind the team & club, frankly the battle to say in the division starts on Saturday & we have to approach things like this. Get everyone down to GP and let’s all show the passion and determination needed to get a confidence boosting win.

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) August 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    Before the game I wrote here that firstly opening games are rarely indicators of the season to come, and secondly we are 3 players short. The first I hope will be true and the second definitely so.

    Dean Smith’s post match comments said so much. His frustration with the lack of recruits in key areas was made very public. I am sure he must be getting very annoyed that since he has taken over last year the DoF’s have failed to give him the players he needs.

    For the Exeter game I would only make 2 or 3 changes. Its obvious that a number of players feel underprepared and need more match time. I would definitely start with Nico, and I would give Bonham a game just to give him more experience of a competitive game.

    You did miss a blinder on Saturday Nick, not on the pitch but in the Comms box where we were treated to the thoughts of Big Ben Burgess. His analysis of a situation is second to none and makes it easy for the listener to understand what is happening and why. No wonder he is now a school teacher! Lucky kids! It also makes Mark Burridge’s job so much easier. So many times last season it was poor Mark having to carry the comms more or less by himself, with some ‘questionable’ expertise alongside him. For an amateur he does an outstanding job, and would not be out of place in a more professional capacity

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