If Sunday was brilliant (and it was) Tom’s tweet was anything but

7 Feb

We’ve spoken about the good stuff from the weekend already . Brentford were desperately unlucky not to take all three points at home to Brighton in a performance that gave huge cause for optimism. Six goals and four points since the day Scott Hogan was sold to Aston Villa, Jota destroying all comers on the right, Sergi Canos back in the team and Harlee Dean looking as though he could go on and play for England, such has been the enormity of his performances as part of a reintroduced back four. Dean Smith has finally shuffled his pack and the result has been some mouth watering football.

This is all good, very good. A fourth season in the Championship awaits and our sights must now be on a top ten finish. All this, of course, before the likes of Alan Judge, Rico Henry and the returning Lewis Macleod have even set foot in the team.

Yet one thing is still bugging me from the Brighton game. A post match tweet from Tom Field that really took the sparkle off a near perfect performance for Brentford (the final twelve seconds aside) .

Ordinarily these things contain such anodyne statements as ‘unlucky out there today’ , ‘apologies to those who travelled’ or the dreaded ‘we go again’. And that’s when we lose. Victory is the cue for outpourings of positivity from players and supporters alike. Heroic performances, such as on Sunday, likewise. So what on earth prompted this?

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How could anybody come out of Griffin Park and give abuse to one of our own players?  A player who has been nothing but incredible from his home debut, chucked into the lion’s den of a West London derby at home to Fulham. A West London derby in which he kept a clean sheet and was instrumental in two of the three goals Brentford scored.

Tom has barely put a foot wrong since that moment and has made the left back position his own this season, despite his tender years. He’s a player who, if we’re being honest, not many people had even heard of when he was thrust from the youth team to the first team name for that 11th hour debut.

Tom Field

Academy graduate Tom Field made a wonderful debut against Fulham

Keeping Anthony Knockaert in his back pocket was no mean feat at the weekend, either. Tom really has been one of the bright lights in a season that, if we’re being equally honest, has been a somewhat up and down one for the Bees.

Players have off days. They don’t get abused. Yet Tom had a great game on Sunday. They all did. So what on earth would cause a handful of numpties to decide this was an appropriate means of marking a wonderful performance by Brentford? What amount of prematch WKD blue consumption could legislate for slagging off one of your own players after this incredible game? Were they just Brighton fans in disguise?

Whatever the reason, I really hope these morons have had a long hard look at themselves since. And yes – if this is a bit patronising then so what. Frankly, Tom deserves better from our fans. Much, much better. Thankfully, just about everybody else is in agreement . Replies to ‘that tweet’ have been unanimous in their opinion and support.

I’m hoping Tom realises this and appreciates just how much the fans are loving what he does out there. We all have a moan from time to time. Whether about certain players , the manager, the directors of football, stats etc. I’m surprised Rasmus doesn’t bring an umbrella to games (when he is here) such are the voluminous amount of comments aimed in his direction at times.

That’s part of football and is often justified. But not this time. It was something as bizarre as it was incorrect .

Tom, if you are reading, just know that everybody at Griffin Park has your back. Keep up the great work. Keep on doing what you do. Keep on accelerating your growth as you are and, surely, one day it won’t just be Harlee we might see in an England shirt.

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Nick Bruzon

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11 Responses to “If Sunday was brilliant (and it was) Tom’s tweet was anything but”

  1. Charlie Mcmahon February 7, 2017 at 7:19 am #

    Twats who abuse our players should feck off down the bush where scum hang out

  2. Red Rose Bee February 7, 2017 at 7:54 am #

    Can’t believe that these were real Brentford fans, probably just a few pissed idiots. Tom has been brilliant .A future Bees star.

  3. Mark Hardy February 7, 2017 at 8:19 am #

    Not just a Griffin Park thing Nick, unfortunately.
    It’s long been my opinion that this country is currently being lorded over by snobs or slobs…and we get our fair percentage of the latter, I’m afraid.
    Witness the ‘slob’ at Selhurst Park at the weekend and I think it reflects a national malaise long-recognised around the world, unfortunately.
    I have a Japanese friend who tells me that his countrymen regard the Brits as ‘an undisciplined and warlike island race…’
    No further comment necessary 🙂 !

    • peter lumley February 7, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks Nick. Once again you have reflected the views of 99 per cent of genuine Bees fans.I just hope the admirable Tom Field is made aware of your comments and heeds your advice.

  4. Rob February 7, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    I think it sums up the problem with social media these days, anyone can say anything about anything knowing that they can hide behind the invisible cloak that is the web. Personally I’d adise anyone in the public eye to stay off twitter or the like. Yes I know that it’s an ego boost to have x trillion amount of followers, but with that comes the trolls. In fairness his injury and the length of time on the ground allowed us to regroup because at that point we were on the ropes and looking tired, so I can only assume these ‘Brentford fans’ were really Brighton lads peed off that their forward momentum was broken.

    • Mike Lane February 7, 2017 at 9:34 am #

      Wouldn’t disagree with the comments on social media, except, this was nothing to do with it. These were morons who were at the match doing the abuse face to face. I see on social media (yes it can be good) that CCTV is being consulted in order to identify the abusers and if successful, I hope that they get their comeuppance and get banned from GP.

      • Rob February 7, 2017 at 11:19 am #

        Mike, sorry didn’t appreciate that. Again i wouldn’t be surprised if one or two B&HA fans were amongst that or perhaps it was misconstrued? I was down that end (BR block 305 towards the back) and the Brighton lad was preparing to take a corner. He was giving Tom and the Bees physio some grief because they were slowly ambling across the pitch in front of him instead of off the pitch and that allowed us time to get KK on and big Macca to organise the defence better (calling Sergi back). Perhaps it was directed at the B&HA lad. Dont know but saw loads of us standing and clapping him off.

  5. smiler February 7, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Appreciate your feelings toward this attitude from your (Brentford) supporters however not sure you need to bring Brighton supporters into the potential slagging off of your players. Maybe look at the disrespectful gestures given by your fans in the face of the Brighton players when they were fouled and ended in the advertising hoardings.
    On a positive note it was a great game and felt you did not capitalise enough when you were so on top only to come back and be bitten. Yes unlucky when you lead with 3 minutes of stoppage time remaining, but we also had 3 clear cut chances that should have been put away, so maybe the draw was a fair result.
    Good luck with sorting out your fans and the rest of the season, but I would give up a trip to Brentford (a game I always like going to) for promotion.

    • Rob February 7, 2017 at 11:47 am #

      Absolutely Smiler. Everyone gives everyone grief in the heat of battle. I saw our goalie was pelted with bog roll after you guys scored to make it 2 – 1 and Field was getting plenty of abuse from the away support. A few weeks back Newcastle came to town and there were a number of them in the home seats. Fans get on their own players back sometimes (which is counter productive at the very least), one or two of our own has been subjected to unfair criticisms at times but thats always when theyre having a bad game, and Tom wasn’t having a bad game so i find it hard to understand (though very little surprises me these days).
      To the match though what a brilliant spectacle for Championship football. We blew you guys off the park in the first half. Chris Hughton made a great substitution at half time, second half your energy levels and enthusiasm were right up there. We get the penalty against the run of play and if we score or its not given in the first place we probably go on to win. But instead Stockdale makes a great save with his legs, your fans and players feed off that and in the end you pretty much dominate to the end because we’ve run out of steam. The late drama was quite phenomenal! Good luck to Chris Hughton (who was also being slagged off on social media after the game by some Brighton fans because of a perceived wobble although others told him / her / it to shut up) and Brighton.

  6. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) February 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    I think we can be pretty certain that a Brentford fan, and I use that term very loosely, gave Tom the abuse. Prime suspect was spotted by our dear Twitter friend Sarangipani who found a Brentford child giving Tom abuse online and then very firmly put the infant in their place. The imbecile then deleted the tweet. Bearing in mind Tom has only played a handful of games and was arguably up against the best player in the League I thought he did exceptional.

    • nickbruzon February 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      Ah yes. Not a very bright, spark (donyou see what I did there).
      A lesson, if ever one were needed, to engage brain and lay off the alcopops before opening mouth.
      Da yoof element in full cringe mode

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