Afternoon thoughts as the latest ‘must win’ game approaches.

10 Apr

Another day, another game. Sitting here at midday, waiting for the evening to come around, I’m struggling. Brentford travel to Nottingham Forest tonight to take on a side who have failed to win or score in their last five games. Three nil-nils is the high point of that ‘run’ whilst their last victory came against Birmingham City (as much of a given as one can expect these days). It was a stat I’ve needed to triple check, and will do once more for good measure, after being steered towards it by two separate Forest fans on Twitter whom I’ll simply call Jamie and Matt. Yet having tapped them up for a prediction, they both replied with devastatingly similar thoughts.

“After the best part of eight hours, a goal would be nice. Anything else would be a bonus…..”


“Our form is atrocious – may scrape a draw though. Of the 0-0 variety”

But here is where I’m struggling. Are we walking in to a trap? Is this too good to hope for against a team who are surely safe from both relegation and promotion? Can Daniel Bentley record a 15th Championship clean sheet and Brentford make it three wins on the spin in our final game without ginger Pirlo, Ryan Woods?

His own three game ban, following the handbags against Sheffield United, comes to an end tonight. With the trip to Fulham next up, Dean Smith resisted the temptation to appeal a dismissal that still seemed somewhat harsh. Yet in his absence we’ve seen two 1-0 wins and two goals from Neal Maupay. We’ve seen domination at Bristol City and then what reads as a somewhat grittier performance at home to Ipswich Town.

But with three points the absolute priority if those play-off aspirations are to remain a reality, we’ve done the needful in differing circumstances. Now there are just five games to go and a five point gap to reel in. Another win has to be the target with the fixtures running out. You couldn’t ask, on paper, for any more than to be up against a team for whom the back of the net is something as hard to find as a Neil Warnock post-match handshake.

Which scares me. That sort of stat has to give at some time. Opponents with nothing to lose can play with freedom of expression. Brentford will need to approach this with 100% focus whilst remembering how well we’ve played at times this campaign. It’s no coincidence that despite a rough start we’ve climbed into the top ten. That we’ve taken apart the likes of Leeds United, Aston Villa and Birmingham City.

Perhaps rather than playing our opponent’s statistical record and our own future state, this really is the time to concentrate on the game at hand. Switch off from what has gone before and what might be. The consummate example of that cliche about taking one game at a time (I would also accept : every game as it comes).

By rights, us football fans can be a pessimistic bunch. It’s no surprise that Nottingham Forest supporters Matt and Jamie have come out with less than positive predictions. Being quite honest I’d probably have made similar had roles been reversed. Even now, I’m struggling to call this with any sense of accuracy although, being equally fair, that’s long been a challenge yours truly has failed to rise to.

Instead, it’s a case of hoping that Dean Smith picks the right starting XI for the right result. For hoping that Forest prove anything but Tricky Trees. And if nothing else, at anywhere between 11-1 and 13-1, a few quid on 0-0 might not be the silliest investment ever made?

Here’s also hoping Neal Maupay can ruin that one.


Last time out saw a win against Ipswich Town


Nick Bruzon


11 Responses to “Afternoon thoughts as the latest ‘must win’ game approaches.”

  1. Flakey April 10, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    I assume your forename is short for Nicola,you really are a sad little thing
    You’ve got to move on Nicola
    Birmingham City are struggling at the moment,hopefully we can beat the drop and move forward next season with Garry Monk leading us
    Every chance you get you seem to take a bitter swipe at us,it’s so tiresome
    The thing is Nicola,your tiny little club sold a few of their players to a much,much bigger club
    It’s happens all the time in the football world,so please Nicola”move on” and get your head around it
    We’ll always be Birmingham City and you’ll only ever be little brentford
    Forever Blue KRO

    • Paul Fletcher April 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

      If you haven’t got anything sensible to say why don’t you get on with your homework otherwise you won’t be able to add up ! That’s 5+2 = 7 to the “little club “ and NIL to the midlands “giants”😉

    • Chris Burns April 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      aww flakey what was that 7-0 . mind the gap you bluenose fool

  2. Bluenose April 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Your obsession with bham city is unreal,You need some serious counciling…get over it!!

  3. Bluenose April 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Your obsession with bham city is unreal,You need some serious counciling…get over it!!

  4. Mark Hardy April 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Spot on as always Nick .
    Nevertheless, I still can’t head my head around why we seem to have had such a surfeit of potentially-match-winning strikers, but a comparative dearth of match-winning goals in this campaign?
    Do we need a striking coach? 🙂

  5. Mark Hardy April 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Haha Flakey! ‘Big City’ doesn’t always go with ‘Big Club’ – ask the Hammers! No good being ‘Big Club’ if you’re always fighting relegation, is it?
    Your memory obviously cannot go back to when we were regarded as certainly bigger than we are – i.e. just before the last war! Just looked at the final league tables at the top of the League for 1939-40 and the Bees finished 12th.
    Couldn’t see the Blues though…and then I found they’d be relegated the season before.
    Could this be a case of ‘what goes around, comes around’ in the making mate…?

  6. buster123 April 10, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

    The bigger they come the harder they fall , in fact ten times harder .

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