Top ten Bees and win for Forest doom Blackburn.

7 May

A third season in the Championship. A third top ten finish for Brentford. Despite a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, the ubiquitous ‘other results’ conspired to send the visitors down to League One and ensure the Bees continued their proud ascendency. Whilst  Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp suffered a very squeaky bum and Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest endured a short term scare, both managers recording wins meant that the three points and two goal victory margin were ultimately insufficient for Blackburn.

We’ll keep this brief, for now. Besides, what else can you say? Not much. It seems trite to revel in another team’s moment of misery. Rovers fully deserved their win and came so, so close to securing Championship survival. Brentford were very much observers in a first half that saw an early two goal lead given away and an improbable tale of survival almost unfold at Griffin Park.

Alas, it was not to be. As Nottingham Forest started to find the net in their own fixture up at the City Ground, so did Brentford. Lasse Vibe all but scuppering Blackburn’s slender survival hopes when he got on the end of a low cross from Harlee Dean, of all people. The captain finding himself in uncharacteristic territory out on the right but still able to deliver a killer ball into the box.

That was as good as it got. Rather than press home the psychological advantage, Brentford were unable to penetrate. Indeed, Harlee was the man still involved in the action, although not for any reasons he’ll care to remember.

I’m sure by now we’ve all seen the picture of him and Craig Conway engaged in what official would describe with the somewhat diplomatic phrase: ‘ the two debated the decision at close proximity’.

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Tom Moore shared ‘the’ moment on Twitter

This was sufficient to earn a yellow card and was followed up shortly afterwards with a second for a foul in the box. Red card and penalty were the obligatory next steps. 3-1 and effectively game over. Indeed, that’s where the scoring stopped and the game ended as Blackburn then had to endure ‘trial by TV’, waiting to see if Bristol City could equalise against Birmingham at the death. They couldn’t.

What else can we take from today? Well, it was a fond farewell for Alan McCormack whose decision to move on at the end of the season is one which has been made very public these last few weeks. The programme contained fitting tribute whilst the player himself made a gladiatorial entry to this footballing arena. His name ringing around three sides of a packed Griffin Park.

Sam Saunders was inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame at half-time whilst even ex-Bee Sam Wood was in attendance. He, along with Maxime Colin, amongst those enjoying the sunshine on the forecourt at half time.

We’ll round up the season properly over the next few days. For now, there’s the Player of the year evening to prepare for and a few more celebrations so we’ll cut this one dead here.

Although, in true Columbo style, there is just one more thing.

Seeing Harlee’s flesh pressed up so close to another player did make me recall that this isn’t the first time we’ve been here. Whilst perhaps not in such close proximity, who could forget that cheeky gatecrashing of Chris Wickham’s interview with then captain Kevin O’Connor ?

Kev coach

Back in the day….

Nick Bruzon

9 Responses to “Top ten Bees and win for Forest doom Blackburn.”

  1. Brighton Bee May 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

    A very poor showing thus afternoon, therewas only one team trying to win that game, the other was on the beach. At times you could see that some of our players were not bothering to run and how many times did some players try to be a Ronaldinho and dribble around the whole Blackburn team on their own.
    It’s been another excellent season but I feel kind of let down by that performance today.

  2. peter lumley May 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm # Woods was sorely missed, the referee gave us nothing all afternoon,and the Blackburn keeper made two great saves to prevent the game going to 2-2.Cannot agree that this was “a very poor showing”Rather harsh to accuse some players of not trying and not respecting the integrity of the game.!!

    • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) May 8, 2017 at 6:12 am #

      I completely agree with Peter. I have seen this ‘very poor performance’ mentioned online as well as above. For me the two teams were pretty even. We were undone by an outstanding free kick, and Bentley made a complete howler of which if it had been Bonham some fans would have hung, drawn and quartered him. Yet off the top of my head both Sergi & Jota had outstanding efforts just a margin away from a goal with Raya in the Blackburn goal, inspired.

      Yes we wern’t at our best, undone with at least 5 first choice picks out. Tom Field having the hardest day of his career so far against Gallagher. Romaine trying his best to be Ryan Woods, and KK, as usual hustle & bustle and not a lot else.

      But what did many actually expect? Having in the last two weeks had epic battles against QPR & Fulham, for us Blackburn was always going to be an anti-climax. Knackered emotionally & physically after the last 2 weeks, nothing to play for on a Sunday morning with the Thomas Royal shorts within arms reach against a team playing for their lives. Im sure the famous stats having taken everything into account would have said that defeat was the most likely option.

  3. peter lumley May 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Have just seen the “match stats” If there “was just one team trying to win” how come that team had 16 shots on goal to the Bees 22 and won only 4 corners to the Bees 10 ?

  4. Gordonbankole May 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Dear All

    Yes, disappointing today, but frankly that disappointment will have gone tomorrow.

    We got our mojo back at the end of January after a dismal run and have deserved a top ten finish. There’s much promise for next season.

    Thanks Nick for your excellent contributions once again this season.



  5. Michael Dance May 7, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    Thanks Nick for sharing your thoughts in such a pleasurable manner.

    • nickbruzon May 10, 2017 at 6:59 am #

      Thank you Michael. Glad you enjoy it. Please do keep the ocmmen ts coming – good or bad, we all love to hear what people are thinking

  6. globalmapping May 8, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    Thanks Nick, always enjoy your thoughts and the comments that follow

    • nickbruzon May 10, 2017 at 6:56 am #

      Thanks GM – much appreciated. Please do come back again with the comms!

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