Time for Brentford to let the football, not the music, do the talking.

1 Oct

Brentford host Birmingham City on Tuesday night, knowing the significance of a return to winning ways. The Bees are just four points off the top of the table, chasing new leaders West Bromwich Albion. Blues, five points off the bottom and looking to improve a record that has seen 7(seven) draws from their ten games played. But what can we expect, aside from the Griffin Park Oktoberfest Lederhosen? Surely there’s no way we’ll get a repeat of last season?

Let’s get one thing clear. The Monkees are old news. Fun though it was (and it was) let’s not get distracted by any of that stuff this time around. Too much. The last thing we need is Harlee Dean fired up, feeling hard done by and with a point to prove before the game has even kicked off. That’s when mistakes happen. I’m all for letting our football lead the way rather than #BeeTheDJ, which opened on Monday evening. Albeit there are some quite wonderful suggestions going up already. Aswell as the obvious.  Yet one would hope that the memory of our 5-0 victory at Griffin Park in February should be all the incentive needed to go again.

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The Bees celebrate the fourth last season. Or was it the fifth?

Besides, our old boys have been talking to the press once more. This time in an article that appeared in The Birmingham Mail on Monday. Whilst in no way anywhere near last season’s quite wonderful soundbite, there’s still enough in there for anyone looking to find a fuse for this particular powder keg of a game.  

We can only start with former captain Harlee, who tells the Mail that “The comments I made before the home game against Brentford were blown out of proportion, but that’s football.”

For me (Clive), that’s less football and more a matter of conjecture. One man’s proportion is another’s petrol poured on a chip pan. Thankfully, we did our talking on the pitch (and singing off it, at full time) with that epic 5-0 win last time out.  

It’s Jota who gives the numerical assessment of the current side this time around, saying that, ”It is 100 per cent a better Birmingham team going there on Tuesday than the one that lost last year.” Fair enough. Although does that then make them twenty times better than the Brentford team that finished fifth in the Championship, reaching the play-off semi-finals?

Oh Jota. What a hero he was back then. I still have his shirt and struggle to imagine him in anything but the red and white. Skinning Jake Bidwell. Causing Mark Burridge to lose himself in the Ewood Park commentary box. Writing that love letter to the Brentford fans when he left us the first time. The less said about his second one the better. He remains, from what I’ve seen of them this season, the most potent weapon in Garry Monk’s arsenal. A hero to many Bees and now, presumably, beloved by the St. Andrew faithful. Yoann Barbet’s ability to read that step inside will be key to stopping the visitors.

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Faster than a speeding bullet – the Spanish superman was a hero at Griffin Park.

Brentford, of course, are without our latest wing wizard. Said Benrahma misses out this time after running the gauntlet of Eltringham’s confetti card dispersement system on Saturday. Presumably Sergi Canos will step directly into the team in his place, looking to keep up the supply to the division’s top scorer Neal Maupay. With Ollie Watkins on the other side, we still have more than enough to give any defence in the league a run for their money. As long as we can stay fit and the referee can offer some protection. The likes of Aitor Karanka, Gary Rowett and Paul Clement have already set their teams to ‘hack’ mode in a bid to combat Dean Smith’s free flowing Bees. Cards have followed.

Yet, and this is nothing to do with our former players or what happened last campaign, I’m struggling to see anything beyond a return to winning ways at Griffin Park. This team has so much talent available when on song as we’ve seen numerous times already. Had the officals not got in the way on Saturday we’d more than likely have 15 points from 15 at home rather than a ‘mere’ 13. By the same virtue, Birmingham City are undoubtedly a tough nut to crack. Like our Bees, they’ve only lost twice this season. The key difference being we’ve scored double the amount of goals they have. And what do goals make….?

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Yoann Barbet is our latest goal scorer

Forget any monkeying around. It’s time to focus. To let the football, rather than the music, do the talking. Genuinely, I want a good game. I want to win, of course, but it would be great to do it on our terms. To beat a team going for it and playing football rather than a bunch of backs-to-the-wall hackers of the sort we’ve come up against several times already this campaign. Surely Monk’s revitalised Birmingham are better than that?

How many times, better I’m not sure. Roll on 7.45pm, Tuesday, when we can all find out.

Nick Bruzon

PS. That said, if anybody feels the need to sing then who am I to stop you….

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7 Responses to “Time for Brentford to let the football, not the music, do the talking.”

  1. Letsby Avenue October 2, 2018 at 1:47 am #

    Hmmmm … first time on your blog fella.

    You set-up phoney scenarios…then expound against them.?

    WHY ?…. to fill spave ?

    I’d want nothing more than Brentford to go up…automatically ….because then the ‘Moneyball’ belief, becomes a reality and not a ‘Fad’…or ‘trend’

    I’ll watch your blog, now that I’ve found it and one piece of advice… get Names tight !

    Birmingham City are called “BLUES”….. not “the” blues.

    Chelsea used to be called ‘The Pensioners’…now they are called “The Blues”
    Same as Everton…ex-Toffees, now called “The Blues”

    Theres a lot of “THE Blues” around….. but not any “BLUES” from 1875.

    Knowledge leads to respect my friend.

    Take care……………… and I’ll follow you

    • nickbruzon October 2, 2018 at 4:00 am #

      Many thanks indeed. And there you go – I’ve learned something. It is ,indeed, Blues. Genuinely appreciated. Whilst I’m not one for rewriting history, will always tidy up a grammatical faux pas once spotted. Duly updated

  2. Mike. October 2, 2018 at 4:06 am #

    How about the theme from Hawaii 50 for Tuesday night?

    • nickbruzon October 2, 2018 at 5:56 am #

      Seen it suggested elsewhere, too . I do wonder if #BeeTheDJ will be tempted

  3. martin west October 2, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    agree with you nick but cant agree with THE letsby avenue comment. if birmingham are so much better than last season how come they are still struggling. on a personal note still having problems following, internet dinosaur! sorry

  4. Stephen Dockery October 2, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

    Well done Bees you managed a point at home , 2 more than Leeds I suppose.

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