Bees have to settle for another point as Birmingham lose (but win the sack race).

17 Sep

Brentford 1 Reading 1. Eight league games down and the Bees still to register a win. Yet a point was, at the least, sufficient to take us above a Birmingham City side who lost their sixth successive game and consequently sacked manager Harry Redknapp. Oh please, stop sniggering. And with basement club Bolton Wanderers losing again, it puts even more significance on our own trip to the Macron this Saturday.

What can you say about our own performance at Griffin Park? Well, the first half was as good as the second was poor whilst referee Tony Harrington….

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.

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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!

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Reading were the latest visitors to Griffin Park



The Bees had to rely on themselves rather than the officials


Clem’s gut reaction says it all


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A point sees the Bees rise above big spending Birmingham

Nick Bruzon


6 Responses to “Bees have to settle for another point as Birmingham lose (but win the sack race).”

  1. Rob September 17, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    Quite amusing that the reason given by at least one of the trio who joined Birmingham as to why they went there was to work with Harry….that went well then!!
    As for us what is also a recurring theme is that we start well in the first half and not so well in the second. Everyone seems lethargic after the second half kick off. Why is that? Dean gets them up for the start so why not the second? Strange.

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) September 17, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    I think 7 (seven) year old Felix summed up one of our big issues perfectly.

    Its the story I think we have heard every game this season, we played really well but didnt win. Actually, no. We arent playing that well because we arent winning, we arent adapting to the oppositions tactics. Has it not occurred to the management that other clubs may have done their homework on us. They know we like to over pass and so they get men behind the ball to prevent us getting the ball into that 6 yard box because we take so long to get there, thus soaking up the pressure and restricting us to an infinite number of blocked shots. Although we may look pretty, our opponents are beating hands down tactically.

    The hierarchy at GP need to ask themselves this. Are they happy with 4 points from 8 games? If not, are they going to start asking the difficult questions? And why have we in half of our games squandered winning positions. Positions where we were on course to gain 12 points yet ended up with just 2. That is a very serious failing and that question can only be directed to one person.

  3. graham ross September 17, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    Indeed young Felix is spot on and it was painful to watch. We are now playing like an England team that is over coached,over instructed and one dimensional without allowing individual flair and ideas to come to the surface. We have bucket loads of positives but give the players a bit of freedom at times to take the initiative when they know ‘the plan’ is not working. Lets call it ‘ PLAN BEE’ !. We are currently just too predictable.

    As an aside i see that Rod Liddle is again Brentford bashing in todays Times-what is it with that guy. ? He has some positive words for Barnsley using similar models to us but nothing positive to say about Brentford.

  4. Tom September 17, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    I have to agree with Bernard. Again, the word “unlucky” is making a big appearance in the match reports. But you make your own luck. In really great teams there is a determination and drive to win come what may, prime example of course being Fergie,s. Man U, how many key games did they win at the last minute?

    No amount of statistical analysis approach can make up for a team that doesn’t have that human element

  5. Spanish Bee September 17, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    The average age of the team that played yesterday, including subs was 23. Personally I think this is a significant issue and the major drawback in MB’s buy, develop and sell strategy. If we stay behind the team they will probably get through it, but if the crowd start to get on to the players it could end in tears.

    • peter lumley September 17, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

      Very disappointed we did not beat Reading. But confident (?) we can make amends with wins against Norwich and Bolton this week !! Regret I cannot shed many tears over Harry Rednapp’s fate at Birmingham! Still a reported pay-off of £1.75 million for his failure should prove some consolation!!

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