As Sam says farewell does ‘that song’ still apply? And Wigan appear out of nowhere.

21 Jan

Sad times. Sam Saunders has left Brentford for Wycombe Wanderers. We all suspected this was coming after the midweek update from co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen to West London’s premier journalist, Tom Moore. And then, on the eve of our trip to Wigan Athletic, the news was confirmed.

I said my piece on Sam during the week. It’s available here. Feedback at the time from the likes of Twitter and Facebook was unanimous in agreement. A first for The Last Word but, undoubtedly, this due to the calibre of the man being discussed. Likewise, when the news was confirmed, the tributes were legion, with this one from Tom Cox being my pick of the bunch.

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So there’ll be no regurgitation today from your’s truly. Instead, here’s the farewell message from the man himself. Even in leaving, he hasn’t failed to raise a tear and a smile. That song….

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Whether ‘that song’ still applies remains a matter of conjecture for married men and women everywhere. One thing that will definitely remain in perpetuum is the area known as ‘Saunders territory’. It’ll be a long time coming until somebody in red and white can hit a dead ball at goal so sweetly and so consistently. So long, Sam. And thanks for all the goals.

As for Wigan Athletic on Saturday, it seems to have almost crept up on us. Aside from Sam, all the talk of West Ham, Scott Hogan, Chelsea and the FA Cup tickets has provided a huge diversion. All of a sudden it is match day morning and Wigan await.

Club sponsor 888sport have the home side as favourites. I don’t see it. Brentford were magnificent for huge swathes of the game against Newcastle United whilst, of course, won handsomely at hapless Birmingham City on our last road trip. A blockbuster form Nico Yennaris sealing the points in that one.

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The bookies here rarely wrong. But surely this is too generous?

Will Scott Hogan feature against Wigan? Unlikely. Given Dean Smith’s comments prior to the Newcastle game followed by an abrupt u-turn when the teams were announced. Something one could just about give him the benefit of the doubt over until the striker failed to make it off the bench. The whole thing smelt very fishy.

Perhaps that’s why we are priced at almost 2-1 to beat a team buried deep in the relegation quagmire. A team who are only being kept off the bottom of the table by virtue of Rotherham United’s ongoing ineptitude.

Brentford are stronger with Scott Hogan, no question. But even without him, Lasse Vibe has started finding the back of the net, Josh McEachran was amongst those to have a great game against Newcastle United whilst the deliciousness of Jota is a luxury we are beginning to enjoy the taste of once more .

There’s more to the team than just one man. How Dean Smith juggles those pieces is, as ever, the conundrum.

At 2.15 we find out.

Nick Bruzon

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2 Responses to “As Sam says farewell does ‘that song’ still apply? And Wigan appear out of nowhere.”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) January 21, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Sad to see Sam go as I felt bringing him on with his experience has been invaluable at times in the last year when we needed a result. He did those things which often go unnoticed (opening up space for a teammate to push through, spotting a potential pass and closing down on an opponent). Understandably coming into the twilight of his career he wants to finish playing regularly and Wycombe fans already taken him to their hearts.

    Nick, im not surprised by the odds. We have been consistently inconsistent. Very good against Newcastle could still mean duff at Wigan. The Hogan situation is now verging on ridiculous which could result in a fit start player not playing for 3 weeks which is unacceptable. I can imagine he is desperate to play.

    I was actually indifferent about McEachran last week. I saw a player who often gave the ball away with Woods having to clear up after him. I wouldnt drop Josh because I can also see he is a player who can make things happen but for me his passing accuracy needs to improve otherwise we will drop points because as Newcastle showed last week, in crucial places if Josh misplaces a pass we can be punished.

  2. John January 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    Half time…..pathetic…..hogan…Chelsea….all a load of nonsense…..we may play well at home and against a Birmingham side who were clueless….but Vibe sawyers going missing away from home…..for gods sake sell hogan and get on with the season…..will be looking at bottom 3 very soon!!!!

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