More domination. More defeat. Thoughts after Town sting Bees.

19 Aug

Brentford fans, fire up the ‘copy/paste’. Wonderful attacking play (the first half especially). One way traffic. The proverbial kitchen sink chucked at the opposition. 65% possession and twenty-one attempts at goal compared to Ipswich Town’s four. Yet it was the Tractor Boys who took the points and kept a clean sheet with a 2-0 win that left the Bees bottom of the pile in the Championship after four games.

Ipswich aced the one stat that counts, goals scored. They played us like a fiddle. Martyn Waghorn’s 35th minute opener was so far against the run of play Mick McCarthy must have been almost embarrassed to take it. But we know better than to expect embarrassment from Mick. Who could forget his shameless comments about Luke Hyam’s assault on Alan Judge two seasons ago? And we know just what to expect from his Ipswich teams.

And if you’d like to read more whilst helping the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust …. the rest of this article can now be found in the Kindle e-book Ten Times Better. Brentford FC Season review: 2017/18. Inspired by ‘that’ interview it contains the least bad of these columns in one, handy volume as it looks at our own campaign as well as wider divisional life and the promotion / relegation races.

As a bonus there’s a whole host of new material. New that is, for my pages. Specifically, all the programme articles submitted (both home and away where, if nothing else, you can get the original versions of both Birmingham City and Millwall).

In addition, There Is No Plan B. Brentford FC Season reviews: 2013/14 – 2017/18 takes us all the way back to the start of this latest leg in the journey. That penalty. League One. Harlee Dean was a hero. Jota was something we thought happened to the temperature for one week in July. Alan Judge had joined on loan whilst the Marinus Experiment was something nobody had contemplated. Bringing things bang up to date by the inclusion of this year’s volume alongside the four previously published campaign round ups, it has five seasons in one weighty tome. As weighty as a download can be, that is.

Relive the memories. See how often the same material gets regurgitated. Remind yourself about the likes of Betinho, Martin Fillo, Javi Venta and Marcos Tebar. Certainly, if there’s no Marcos Tea Bar at Lionel Road it will be an opportunity missed.

All proceeds from any sales will go to the Community Sports Trust. For less than the cost of a half / pint respectively, they may help while away some time on the commute. By the pool on holiday. In the bathroom. Who knows? It will certainly do some good for the Trust, whose work has been well documented at Griffin Park but you can read all about it on their site.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been given something very special. A 2017/18 third team shirt with Lewis Macleod’s squad number on the reverse in the EFL typeface. Anyone with half an interest in Bees kits will know that these were never made available in the club shop.  Anyone who has read any of this before will know what a kit nerd yours truly is so when I say this is rare, take that in good faith!

To be in with a chance of owning it, download a copy of either before the end of June 2018 and you’ll go into a draw to win this. Just DM/tweet me (@NickBruzon) a copy of your purchase confirmation mail and I’ll add your name to the list before selecting a random Bees fan to win this on July 1st.

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There was little return in the second half

 

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Nice font. Shame about the score

 

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The first half, at least

Nick Bruzon

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2 Responses to “More domination. More defeat. Thoughts after Town sting Bees.”

  1. Rob O August 20, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Nick, you are right about the talent we have in the team and that I’m sure we will start rising up the table soon, but I can’t help feeling that there’s been an element of hubris about the start of this season. 3 season’s of reasonably good performances in the Championship seems to be giving (some of) us Aton Villa like expectations of success. It never helps a team that sort of hype. We always thrived on the ‘under the radar’ approach previously.

    I think this transfer window has disrupted the team (as it always does), plus injuries and personal issues which you can’t plan for. I’m hoping that the international break will work its magic again and we can re-group and start the season again in earnest (with no transfer distractions).

    Short-term the only stat we really need to concentrate on is improving that ridiculously low chance conversion rate. What is it? 20% goals per shot on target? (Ipswich’s is 75%!) and obviously reducing the one against. Just slight improvements in those will see us smashing teams and give us that confidence factor.

    • peter lumley August 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

      Hi Nick,another depressing defeat in a match we could easily have won with a bit more luck and a different referee. Very concerned that this scenario is becoming all to familiar.Do not envy DS in his attempts to turn things around. Just hope that he gets the fullest possible support from a talented squad of players !

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