Let’s talk about Stroud, baby. Let’s talk about him and me. Let’s talk about all the bad things that may be.

27 Jul

And with that, the Keith Stroud we all know and fear was back. Brentford were edged out 1-0 at Swansea in a game that will be forever remembered as yet another ruined by this most terrifying of officials. Just when you thought he couldn’t surpass the ‘battle’ of Bramall Lane with Sheffield United ( three red cards, four penalties and more yellows than a rack of Coldplay CDs) , he’s gone and done it again in a crunch match. This time, sending off Rico Henry for nothing more than cleanly winning the ball from Connor Roberts whilst not even coming close to making contact with the player (until his own run took him over our man). This, with an open game poised at 0-0 and just moments after David Raya had made a quite wonderful penalty save from Andre Ayew. Then Keith did his thing.

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Look. No complaints abut Swansea. They played well and the goal they scored was an absolute screamer. Even if it did start down the left back position now bereft of Rico. Great saves from David Raya combined with chances that both Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma may think they could have done better with in retrospect had this game hanging in the balance. It could have gone either way. And in the end it did – in favour of both Keith and the hosts.

Brentford can bemoan their position but the simple fact of the matter is that we are 90 minutes away from the final. 1-0 in either direction is crazy close. Only a fool, or Mr Stroud, would try and predict how this one is going to play out.

Thomas Frank was furious at full time. Certainly compared to his normal standards. 100% that is not a red card and that Rico will be back in the team on Wednesday. His incredulation at the lack of VAR in a game of this nature was there for all to see as he confirmed that Brentford will be appealing a decision. His view point was one shared by man on social media

Natalie Sawyer: Keith Stroud. Quelle surprise!!!

Sam Saunders: Disgraceful decision surely rescinded?

Marcus Bean: One of the worst decisions I’ve seen

Brentford Official: That is a joke! @ricohenry14 wins the ball on the touchline, it’s not even a foul but he’s been sent off

Skybet Championship official feed: @BrentfordFC’s Rico Henry is sent off. Big question marks over that one for sure! 

Getting any more upset about it than I already am won’t help any at this juncture. If anything, Keith may have given Brentford the opportunity to come out of the blocks flying to right a horrific injustice on Wednesday. Everybody associated with the club is livid. Fuming. Desperate to right the wrong. Frustrated that it was Brentford in the ascendency when the fateful card was shown. David Raya’s quite brilliant penalty save from Ayew giving us a morale boost that was snatched away as quickly as it had been given.

Yesssss. That’s put a bit of juice back in the carton”. Not my words but those of HB. A 7(seven) year old’s wisdom then replaced by a tirade at the man in black which Alex on the Braemar Road paddock would have been proud of.

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Raya playing his own mind games before a huge save

I’m not sure what else to really say at this juncture. A great game, ruined. Swansea may have gone on to win anyway. Brentford might have edged it but that chance was taken away the second Keith did what Keith does. All we can do is hold on for Wednesday and go ten to the dozen in the return leg. Ironically, Alanis, what we had to to do for the final 25 minutes last night. Albeit in different guise.

It promises to be a cracker. All being well, we can have a referee. What a shame that, once again, everyone is talking about Stroud rather than a great game of football.

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At least an old friend returned

Nick Bruzon


9 Responses to “Let’s talk about Stroud, baby. Let’s talk about him and me. Let’s talk about all the bad things that may be.”

  1. Martin West July 27, 2020 at 9:40 am #

    So gutted today Nick, like you no match reports here only why did 4th official tell Thomas to remove the tactics board, even Mick Macarthy, said it was ridiculous. Wednesday is gonna be tense (again!). Its not down to luck but we haven’t had much lately

    • Mark Soudan July 27, 2020 at 11:03 am #

      Stroud strikes again.This joke of an ‘official’s would not be qualified to referee the dog and duck on a Sunday morning.Hope he is braced for the barrage of abuse he is set to receive at Lionel road.

  2. Jack P July 27, 2020 at 10:05 am #

    Putting the sending off to one side for a moment Nick, it is feasible we could have been gracing the hallowed turf for the last time on Wednesday facing a 3 goal deficit had Ayew scored from the penalty spot and had Stroud awarded another penalty for a not completely unfounded shout against David Raya. Equally we could have come away from the Liberty with a lead, but while my glass was half empty last night it is half full once again this morning and given a favourite play off cliché let’s remember it’s only half time and there’s just one goal in it. Overall it was an improved Brentford performance last night after the last 2/3 games despite our midfield still not firing on all cylinders and despite not finding the back of the net. Whether Rico’s card is rescinded or not the team will be fired up to correct a perceived injustice and we will be back starting (and hopefully finishing) with 11 on the pitch and giving GP the send off it deserves. COYB!

  3. Rod Davidson July 27, 2020 at 10:41 am #

    I really hope I’m wrong about this, but even before the Rico Henry incident it seemed to me that we were sleepwalking though passages of play where greater intensity and tempo was needed.
    The players desire is obvious, but it worries me that opposition managers have now worked out systems to nullify the threat that our previous work rate used to impose against their teams.
    I know that this has been an intense period, and it can’t be easy to keep a high pressure system going when teams sit back against us, but we need to force them into mistakes as well as using skill to break them down.
    Perhaps some our our top performers need a battery recharge. What if we were to put a couple of our regulars on the bench and then use them more tactically as high quality ‘shock’ troops. I’m thinking the M and W of the BMW . What a message that would be for an under pressure opposition defence if they had already been run ragged by a Forsu a Valencia a Baptist. And if Dervisoglu was given a start, a fresher Watkins either as a timely added threat or a DOUBLE THREAT could provide the opposition with far too many headaches to cope with.
    Don’t forget, we don’t have to wait until the 70th minute to use a sub. We could do it at any time. Why not use the ‘drinks breaks’ to innovate and pressurise.
    We could be ground breaking in our approach. This is a WIN or bust situation, not only for promotion but for our LAST GAME AT GRIFFIN PARK.
    To hell with caution, that will get us nothing – let’s win 6-4 if need be. And that’s only the first set !

  4. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 27, 2020 at 11:17 am #

    I dont think anyone would disagree that poor officiating by the very whistle happy Keith Stroud and the 4th official were huge factors yesterday. It felt like the Stroud of old, looking to be centre stage even before the sending off. A 4th official overstepping the mark at the drinks break only to be told by King Kev to sling it!

    But there was more to that defeat. Andre Ayew. Outstanding like he was at GP. Taking advantage of the inexperienced Roerslev at the crucial moment who was caught ball watching. But our own frailties. The midfield missing for large parts again. Dasilva, good one game, indifferent the next. Jensen, poor since the restart. I would like to see Baptiste start on Wednesday with Emiliano coming on later.

    David Raya though outstanding. Keep Brentford in with a chance. But a quick word about Said. Interesting to see the stats of how many times in the last 3 games he has been dispossessed having run up so many narrow alleys. I have lost count the amount of times i have screamed at the TV in the past week ‘pass it Said!!’ Its all very well commentators lauding him for tracking back after losing the ball, but he needs to stop losing the ball so often.

  5. Maybee July 27, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

    Hopefully we have Rico back for Wednesday. Not sure How Swansea manager keeps talking of a dangerous challenge ,but he seems to be the only person backing the ref .we have made enough chances to win the last 3 games and if we finish them on Wednesday we will go to final .

  6. Maybee July 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm #

    Hopefully we have Rico back for Wednesday. Not sure How Swansea manager keeps talking of a dangerous challenge ,but he seems to be the only person backing the ref .we have made enough chances to win the last 3 games and if we finish them on Wednesday we will go to final .

  7. Paul Fletcher July 27, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

    Let’s start with the “poison dwarf” aka Keith Stroud.His record of sending 7(seven) Brentford players off in the 28 Bees games he’s officiated in speaks volumes.
    He is a little man who seeks the limelight, indifferent to whether it courts controversy or not. He should NOT be given games of this importance to officiate he is not competent enough.
    Our performance ,whilst an improvement on the previous 2 , was still not at the required level and as a result changes for the second leg are needed .Jensen, & Mbeumo at the very least need rotating with Baptiste ,Dervishoglu or Canos. They have to be fit and raring to go so unleash them for an hour !
    The other thing we need ,apart from a competent Ref, is the rub of the green.Something we haven’t had in recent games.
    C’mon you Bees !🐝

  8. Martin July 28, 2020 at 3:22 pm #

    Tin hat ready – check. Emergency exit clear – check. Motor running – check.

    Ok, here goes. I do not think Mr Stroud was such a numpty. When Rico slid in, my heart was in my mouth. Replays showed he got the ball, but at the time I was worried he might get a card. Sorry for the cliché, but Rico gave the ref a tough call to make. Mr S got it wrong, but he does not have the advantage of those replays. In the past, that would have been a brilliant tackle; nowadays, it is very risky.

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