Now isn’t the time for gloating.

17 May

For Brentford, the season is over. A third successive finish in the top ten of the Championship and some of the most exciting play we’ve seen in years was the hallmark of a job very well done. For Fulham, Reading, Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday there is one additional bite of the cherry via the play-offs. Or, should that be, was ?

To paraphrase popular music’s The Spice Girls last night, was the night, that four become three. Fulham did what we needed them to do and lost out at Reading, going down 2-1 on aggregate to ensure that, along with the Loftus Road mob, there will be three West London teams in the Championship next season.

Despite all the giving it large on Twitter in recent weeks, it has come to nothing. Clappers. Richard Osman. The neutral stand. The ghost of Michael Jackson. The gin bar. Clappers (so bad they had to be mentioned twice). Brian Guest. An inability to sell out your own ground for the big games. We’ve got them all to look forward to again in the Championship next season. And I can’t wait.

smilelaughBut this isn’t the time for gloating. Oh no. Us Brentford fans know the pain of the play-offs. Our tilt at the Premier League two seasons ago being the most recent of several, what we’ll politely call ‘challenging’, attempts to earn promotion via this roulette wheel of nerves, choking and pressure.

Likewise, it would be fair to say that Fulham were one of the better sides to visit Griffin Park this season. An attractive brand of football whilst even the game at the Cottage should have seen them going in at half time with at least a three goal lead. Such were the chances created yet not taken in a game which, with Leeds United still alive at that point, they had to win to guarantee a play-off place.

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View from the stand – Brilliant Bentley does his thing at The Cottage

That it ended 1-1 tells you everything you need to know about Brentford but, perhaps, gave a greater clue as to Fulham’s own ability to perform under pressure. When they needed to find the back of the net, the combination of a quality opposition goalkeeper and the inability to hit a barn door in a brewery with a banjo were the architects of their own shooting themselves in the foot.

The other thing to catch my eye yesterday concerned the legend that is kitman Bob. We all know how amazing he is and how lucky Brentford are to have him around. Anybody who follows him on Twitter would have seen yet another reason why on Tuesday. Something all the sweeter for the fact that we wouldn’t even have known about but for Maxime Colin blowing Bob’s trumpet.

What a gesture. Especially for the goalkeeper (That. Red)….

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Max, Matt and Bob say it with shirts

Nick Bruzon

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9 Responses to “Now isn’t the time for gloating.”

  1. Charlie Mcmahon May 17, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Oh yes it is 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

  2. James May 17, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    What an absolute joke piece of journalism.Berk.Typical BFC fans.

    • nickbruzon May 17, 2017 at 9:52 am #

      Aww. Don’t cry James. See you next season . Btw – not a journalist and never claimed to be

      • Charlie Mcmahon May 17, 2017 at 10:15 am #

        Don’t cry little cottager at least you can read
        Unlike the supper whoops 🐝🐝🐝

      • James May 17, 2017 at 10:46 am #

        Not crying matey merely celebrating the fact we finished above you.Cant wait to come to the mighty Griffin Park lol and dish out another masterclass of football and a spanking to all ya.

      • nickbruzon May 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

        Fair enough James. In your position I’d celebrate finishing above Brentford, too. It’s the first time you’ve done it in three seasons. Still just the one league win in the last six games though…..
        Roll on next campaign and those spankings.
        See you then. Cheers

      • James May 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

        Bless you Nicky boy.How sad to find the time to criticise FFC.When was the last time BFC graced the Prem?Oh yeah thats right you never have and never will.Just concentrate on your own team and don’t worry about FFC.BFC always have and always will be irrelevent when it comes to football.Just think of yourselves existing just to make up the numbers.It must be quite hard though living in the shadows of a much bigger and superior club to yours though so I can deal with all the rubbish your lot spout.Wallop!!Thank you and good night.

  3. nickbruzon May 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    👍😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. Awww. Bless. Thank you. So much. 😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • hobbo May 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

      We have waited a long time to spout our rubbish( its called banter James get used to it) in this division, with your lot and the whoopers.
      W6, D2, L2. Better get used to the Bees sting Jimmy boy,irrelevant (note spelling) we no longer are and i am loving it.

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