What will happen on Wednesday?

21 Jul

Tomorrow it all happens. Brentford face Barnsley. Mark Warburton takes his team to West Bromwich Albion. We all know the maths. We all know what almost happened, but didn’t quite, at Stoke City. That’s football. Our fans seem to have fallen in to two camps since then – the vast majority who appreciate what might have been, how far we have come, how incredibly well we have performed this season and who are gutted beyond belief that we were unable to make it 9 wins in a row at Stoke. Then there are the self-indulgent few. Still bleating about how they are justified in preaching negativity at, and about, their heroes. No doubt the same faces who were calling for Thomas Frank’s head earlier in the season. The same ‘fans’ who will be first in line to say how amazing it all is when we go up. Whether that be Wednesday night or a few weeks later at an empty Wembley.

Ah, you know what? I’m done with it. It’s a simple equation. We were all hurt to miss out on the all important win, but that’s different to bitching. If you felt that strongly then, let alone now,  say it to an individual’s face. And if you still feel that way then just leave the rest of us to support the team and you go wallow in a bottle of Strongbow Dark Fruits. There are more important things to focus on. For clarity, the game with Barnsley rather than a re-run of the infamous mascot race that saw Buzz robbed by Toby Tyke back in 2016. Sadly, Covid-19 means our furry friends are nothing but a beautiful memory for the moment.

mascot-race

But what happened next….?

Of course, the only matter of consequence at Griffin Park will be the three points (technically one) needed to for a final tilt at second place. Albeit acknowledging the ‘deal with the devil’ which that would involve – namely, wishing well on the team from Shepherds Bush. Aside for the small matter of our own beating Barnsley, the Loftus Road outfit avoiding defeat is key to us securing automatic on Wednesday night. 

For what it’s worth, my personal take is that we’ll complete our own side. With Barnsley still hanging in there, any chance they have of Championship survival is dependent on their also winning the game. On scoring at least one goal. Which means we’ll likely be afforded more freedom to attack as they drive forward themselves, looking for the the back of the Brentford net and, as a consequence, leaving gaps. It’s the sort of thing this team exploit for fun.

The visitors won’t make it easy, though. Their game with Nottingham Forest on Sunday saw the Tykes dominant, peppering the visitor’s goal before finally taking the lead late in to Jota time. They’ve done it once and will no doubt be full of belief that they can do it again.

Yet on the assumption we can do our job, what next? What happens at the Hawthorns? Ahh, it doesn’t bear thinking about. It can’t be fathomed or quantified. I’ve a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach – not so much at them stitching us up but more the fact that this is totally out of our hands. Just as it was on Friday night when the Baggies went to Huddersfield Town. 

One has to adopt the approach of trying to ignore it (purely on health grounds) and looking just at our own result which, of course, will be nigh on impossible. Any change in score will be brought to us immediately – Sky do love a final day in-flight ‘As it stands’ table. And with Griffin Park off limits it means that the TV, I-Follow or local radio will be the only way for all barring the directors to follow this one.

Should West Brom slip up then we’ll be waiting to pounce. Pressure does strange things and a game their fans are likely considering a foregone conclusion against mid-table opposition could still have a twist in the tail. Slaven Bilic is a huge character and he’ll no doubt have his players set for this one – dreaming of the top flight , just as we are. Crucially aware of how close they’ve already come to relinquishing control. Something they’ll obviously want to avoid as we enter the final round of games in the regular Championship campaign. Will all of this start affecting the psyche and the approach? Causing a few jitters and a lot of mind games. Or is this just what it appears to be on paper  – a home banker ?

The QPR factor will be just awful. What will Warbs do? Will he even give us a moment’s thought? Will he have a point to prove? Is it one of those where he tries out a few of the kids for next season?

Don’t go checking the bookmakers’ websites if you are looking for any comfort. Only one team is coming out of that smiling. And they don’t go shopping at Westfield. Then again, even Stoke City were 5-1 to win on Saturday and look how that ended. Strange things can happen. 

We’ve been incredible this season. Magnificent. A style of attacking football and rock solid defence that has thrilled us all. A team that have had the fortitude and determination to reel in all those above us after a shaky start to the season. A 0-1 home defeat despite battering one shot Birmingham City in the season opener now the stuff of distant memory.

It took us a while to find our feet but once we did , wow ! Guts. Courage. Never say die – oh, that Millwall game. Goals. The brackets earned in the 7(seven) – 0 destruction of Luton Town. Humping Sheffield Wednesday in our last game at Griffin Park (in front of fans). That relentless never-say-die run of 8 games in a row as we have come within sniffing distance of ‘automatic’.

This team can do it. Whether it takes one game or four we WILL be in the Premier League next season. 

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What a finish to the game with Millwall

Nick Bruzon

9 Responses to “What will happen on Wednesday?”

  1. Maybee July 21, 2020 at 8:51 am #

    Thomas talks of momentum and while their is no point in moaning about poor decisions. I think we all need to remember that our momentum was only broken by at least 2 horrendous refereeing decisions, now we need to keep that momentum going against Barnsley and if we don’t go up on Wednesday then a date at empty Wembley against Fulham should be enough to keep us all interested. Its not over yet .

  2. Edward Soudan July 21, 2020 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Nick,
    Brevity with your blogs please. Long winded.

  3. David Carney July 21, 2020 at 10:47 am #

    Well said Nick. Far too many wingers, front bar experts and the like only capable of making negative and unwelcome comments.
    The difference between winning and losing in this League is very minimal indeed. An unfortunate incident can determine a result, yet the whingers will adopt any concocted notion that is bereft of all logic, just to make a silly and uninformed statement.
    Most of the criticism is amusing to read, particularly as those comments are from emotional supporters of Brentford. So, keep your blog going because I enjoy the ‘expert’ responses.

  4. Andy y July 21, 2020 at 11:11 am #

    I’m always proud of the boys and the club. For those of us who remember playing in div four, who can complain where the club is now.
    Bees for life. Love you all

  5. J Michael May July 21, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

    I was at Griffin Park for Brentford’s last game in the 1st Division in 1946. I hope I will be at their 1st game in the Premier League in the new stadium.

    • nickbruzon July 22, 2020 at 4:54 am #

      Fingers crossed. That’s an amazing aspiration

  6. Nigel Garrigan July 22, 2020 at 8:43 pm #

    We lost at Stoke and at home to Barnsley, these are not silly or uninformed statements, they are facts. No points from a possible 6. For what it’s worth I’ve been going to Griffin Park since 1964, so I don’t need the lecture of being an ignorant non supporter. We are continuously looking back, we have come a long way, we are delighted not to be playing Bradford Park Avenue, Aldershot and Workington, but we could have been playing Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal etc without the lottery of the play off’s, instead we are faced with Wycombe Wanderers and Coventry City, progress indeed.
    We have another chance, let’s hope we take it on the 3rd, 4th and 5th attempt.
    Which part of the puzzle is missing?

    • Paul Kershaw July 22, 2020 at 9:13 pm #

      As a Leeds fan that lives in Twickenham I am gutted for you lot, as we have felt this pressure and pain so often. There’s little point in debating if you have bottled it as has been directed our way so often in the past, it’s now time for you’re fantastic manager to get your lads heads up and get you over the line. The football you have played over the previous 7 fixtures shows you have both the strength and skill to literally destroy those around you. If your manager can just get that belief back into your players heads it should be a formality.

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