Absolute football and an absolute tonking. Bees sting Forest (?!) as fake champions crash out.

8 Mar

What can you say after that? The Last Word was due to be on temporary hiatus this week (hence no update on the 1-1 from Portman Road) but another away win for Brentford, and in such wonderful style, has prompted an early return. With most of the football world focussing on Arsenal receiving another 5-1 tonking at the hands of Bayern Munich (the Germans romping to a 10-2 aggregate defeat and what happens when you allow non-champions in the Champions League) those outside TW8 probably won’t pay much notice to the defeat of Nottingham Forest. A 3-2 win for Brentford at the City Ground as the Bees made it 10 points from the last 12 saw the Tricky Trees prove anything but, save for a brief flurry as the game reached a denouement that was probably more fraught than it needed to be.

As ever, the BBC, Brentford official and Beesotted are amongst those with proper match reports. Don’t expect that here and, moreso, as it was a case of Beesplayer and video highlights for yours truly. Yet what a treat for those who made the trip. Nottingham Forest were swept aside in a display of counter attacking football for which Sergi Canos (what a run to supply Lasse Vibe’s second) and Jota (what a run to supply Lasse Vibe’s wonderful first, before the Spaniard himself found the next for 3-0) will grab all the headlines.


Jota – carried on at Forest where he left off at Griffin Park

Oh, Jota. If Aston Villa were prepared to pay £15million for Scott Hogan, just what must the king be worth? With 7(seven) goals and 4 assists since his return from Eibar, he has treated the expectation on his shoulders with the same level of disregard as most of us would give to a QPR supporter. Yet it is as much the pleasure he seems to derive, and which the supporters lap up, that shows another aspect to his game.

Indeed, the turnaround in form since the closure of the transfer window has been just stunning. Not so much in points but performance. The Nottingham Forest game made it 20 goals since the night we beat an Aston Villa side who had just splashed out all that money on Scott. It may be kamikaze Keegan at times but it has fans hooked.

Those who made it up for this one were well rewarded. Even Alan Jugde (not a typo) was spotted in attendance.


There are just too many questions

And likewise, a note of respect for Forest fan Jamie Gibson whose recent passing was marked by a minute’s applause on the 34th. Whatever supporters thought was occurring here (and some may want to take a look at themselves this morning) , it had been well documented in the build up.

Next up we’ve got home clashes with promotion chasing Huddersfield Town followed by a Tuesday night visit from Wolves. The latter game seeing the return of ever popular referee Keith Stroud. Whilst searching the Last Word archives for a picture of his warm up routine (ahead of the early season 5-0 888sport derby win over Preston) I stumbled across the following tweet from Harlee Dean.


Well Harlee, I’m imagining. Here’s to more of the same.

As for Nottingham Forest, at least their supporters can take solace from a proud record that has seen them twice lift the European Cup, having been genuine champions of the old first division. They could have things a lot worse – as Arsenal discovered last night.

Whilst these pages normally focus on the Bees, a tonking of such proportions couldn’t go unnoticed. 10-2. Ten. Two. Fair enough, they were playing Bayern Munich but to follow up a 5-1 away defeat with a pasting of the same scoreline in the home leg is nothing short of laughable. Surely Mr Wenger is not long for this role.

Celebrity Gunner’s fan Richie Firth, talking on the Absolute Radio Christian O’Connell breakfast show, noted that following on the Arsenal app, it was like listening to propaganda. Perhaps the Iraqi minister for information will be next up on Arsenal TV?

Give me Mark Burridge on comms, any day.

For now though, let’s just take another moment to remind ourself about Brentford. Our scoreline may have been glossed over in the media – an opportunity lost given Christian’s own sport’s team is headed up by Forest fan Matt Dyson – but it deserves another reminder.

Brentford 3. Nottingham Forest 2


Absolute Radio. No Bees but talked about Arsenal at ten to seven, ten to eight etc

Nick Bruzon


5 Responses to “Absolute football and an absolute tonking. Bees sting Forest (?!) as fake champions crash out.”

  1. HerzyBee March 8, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    Is ‘Jota’ Spanish for ‘Mojo’ ?

  2. martin March 8, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    welcome back Nick, the difference since Dean Smith almost stumbled on to his new system has been outstanding. obviously without Jota and Canos we were not so exciting but the back 5 wasn’t a success at all and just Hogan up front of a slow building midfield was poor. on a strange note I was watching Man utd v Wigan cup tie and after the toss up Wigan chose ends and Keown came out with a classic by asking if this would upset uniteds plans. plum!! anyway not too many breaks in future please

  3. Rob March 8, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    Like you I watched the highlights from the comfort of my armchair and I have to say the execution of our counter attacking play with the two spanish maestros was incredible and the much maligned Vibe seems to be thriving on this. In fact the Brentford team as a whole seems to be thriving on it now that we no longer look to play to one person. I think the great thing about Jota in particular is that he is a talisman but seemingly without the ego of a key player. He just works works works and keeps producing the magic. I just hope we offer him the best wages we can afford and tie him in for another 3 years at least. I’ve seen reports that “we’re in no rush because of a year extension that is in the clubs favour”, but I think now’s the time to offer our best terms possible.
    Back to last night, the only down side was that we still managed to concede 2 goals and make it closer than it was. Great to see two B teamers on the pitch, I hope our partial collapse at the end was nothing to do with the subs we brought on, as I think this is the model we should follow (giving fringe / B teamers a 30 min or so run out) once we’ve got another couple of wins chalked up on the board.
    Nice to not have to moan about something for a change instead dishing out praise! Shame we couldn’t have played like this through Oct – Jan….15 points from 6th with a game in hand…hmmmmmmm 🙂

    • peter lumley March 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      I have just read Rob’s comment. Completely agree with every word.

  4. peter lumley March 8, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    The Bees performance in the first hour of the game was,arguably,the best we have seen this season. The stand-out highlight for me was he run by Sergi Canos to set up the second goal- a worthy contender for goal-of-the -season? I cannot believe how lucky we are having the Spanish duo of Canos and Jota playing alongside each other. Long may it remain so. Their flair and enthusiasm for the club and its fans is an absolute delight for an “old codger” like myself ! Credit,too, for the way Dean Smith has encouraged the exciting attacking style of play since the departure of Scott Hogan and the arrival of the January signings

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