We’re second, everyone….

21 Feb

Twitter was left reeling on Saturday with the shocking revelation that a season is determined by the result of one game. Football authorities were desperately thumbing through the rule books to see if the car crash performance dialled in by Brentford at Coventry City was sufficient to declare our promotion campaign dead, wiping all previous results off the board. Mathematicians have spent the last 24hours  trying to establish just how the 4-1 tonking administered to Swansea City by Huddersfield Town has kept us second. If anything, with a marginally improved goal difference on the now fourth placed Swans. It’s almost as if…. and kids please stop me if this is going too fast here, the teams that go up and down discover their fates by tallying up the total number of points earned over a full 46 games. As somebody once said, the table doesn’t lie. Whilst Norwich City have some clear air once more, things remain as tight as ever with 15 games to go. 17 if you are Swansea.

Stop. Seriously, stop. We all acknowledge that yesterday was horrific, awful, dreadful, woeful etc etc etc . There aren’t sufficient words to describe how hard it was to sit through. Our previously untouchable superstars looking a shadow of their former selves. Coming off the back of those recent defeats, it’s easy to understand why some of those that follow Brentford are getting anxious. Getting stressed. Hitting the big red button marked ‘social media meltdown’. Cripes, it was about as sloppy and lethargic a performance as I’ve seen in a long, long time. Words were exchanged on these pages and on Twitter at full time – I absolutely stand by them ; we were horrific. A colander like defence and a second goal that was about as self-inflicted as they come. At a time we should have been shooting at Coventry we shot ourselves in the foot. 

Meltdown incoming….

To a man, we were awful. Ivan Toney is out for a couple of games. Pontus on the grass but not close to a start. Rico Henry now looks as though he’ll be joining him on the sidelines for a few weeks, at least. Christian Norgaard still missing although hopefully his return will be imminent. Can he play left back? Solving that one is going to take all manner of juggling now. Three CB? Sergi sitting in the wing back role ? Fin Stevens getting a shot? This was always the risk of no recognised cover although you could say the same on the other flank where yesterday was a less than rip roaring success. Equally, players don’t grow on trees and we don’t have buckets of cash sloshing around to spend with abandon in an attempt to try and predict what might happen once the transfer window closes. Which club does at this level and even moreso this season with revenue streams decimated by Corona? Now, the strain of this rapid fire season means we have the dual challenges of injuries to overcome and form to rediscover.

Yet, yet, yet. We ARE up there. We’re second, everyone. Deploy fishing rod emoji. Swansea City have to win their two games in hand to bring about the doomsday scenario our excitable keyboard warriors were sh*tting themselves over before the Huddersfield game when they had three on us but, even if they do, it doesn’t mean the season is suddenly over. 

The wailing and gnashing of teeth from those unable to differentiate between a bad performance and a bad season was incessant. The fact that we are, somehow, still in ‘automatic’ a fact that seemed to cause even more irritation than the meagre offerings served up at St. Andrew’s. Our actually nudging a touch further ahead of Swansea after Huddersfield laced up their own shooting boots a further thorn in the side of those whom, it almost seemed, were desperate for us to be overtaken. Just so they could further justify their own impotent rage and say “I told you so”. 

I want Brentford to win. I want our fans happy. I’d love Thomas to turn around and explain how he picks his team and his tactics based on social media based insight from the armchair collective. But he won’t because that’s not how football works. Just as a season isn’t decided by one, two or three results. 

We were sh*t, no question. But it is how the team react now that is what counts. How we adjust to further absences and pick ourselves up once more. How we avoid a repeat of this week and ensure what is now a definite blip stays as such rather than becomes anything more severe. Something that will be forgotten about in the grander scheme as results play out and we plough through the fixture list.

Slag off the players and the head coach if you want. It won’t change a thing. If it makes you feel better then I’m pleased for you. There are 15 games to go and we won’t win them all. We might even lose a couple more at some point but until full time at Bristol City on 8th May, the shape of the final table remains a great unknown. Get used to it. Nobody has ever been promoted from the Championship after game 30. I tell you something though, I’d love it if we come second. Absolutely love it. For what it’s worth, and if anybody is still reading, I’m absolutely convinced we will.

Nick Bruzon

15 Responses to “We’re second, everyone….”

  1. BORU February 21, 2021 at 5:14 pm #

    Your a self-appointed “expert”, yourself; just shut your gob and let others have their say, fir once.

    • nickbruzon February 21, 2021 at 5:17 pm #

      Self-appointed? As much as any other fan is. WE all have access to social media and the internet. Expert? Not really. Have never professed to be. But I have an opinion and am as entitled as anyone else to share it. Don’t like it? Simple – don’t read it.

    • Michael Ohl February 21, 2021 at 5:21 pm #

      Well you didnt say anything other the slag Nick office.

      I dont always agree with Nick but I thoroughly enjoy reading what he has to say. Just unsubscribe if you dont like what he says or set up your own comments page.

      • nickbruzon February 21, 2021 at 5:27 pm #

        Thanks. World would be a boring place if we all agreed on everything. I’m all for differing views. Happy for the pricks to come at me , too, if it makes them feel better.

    • nickbruzon February 21, 2021 at 5:48 pm #

      PS Brian – the column is always yours if you did want to put some thoughts to paper. Would absolutely LOVE to hear your thoughts. I’m sure I wouldn’t be alone

  2. Paul Klein February 21, 2021 at 5:15 pm #

    We have to be positive as the alternative isn’t going to change the result of the last three matches. We have a brand new stadium, I’m unaware of any dangerous levels of debt the club are carrying and we currently sit in the automatic promotion places.
    Yes we have a mounting injury list, a poor defence compared to last season and a one dimensional manager but moaning isn’t going to change things.
    We are not going to get relegated so let’s look forward to another season in the Championship in August hopefully with a return to fans in the ground and let’s have a reality check of all this hysteria about promotion to the Premier League.
    Our players are not good enough to get promoted but they play exciting football and our profile has undoubtedly been raised in the last couple of seasons with a respect for how the club is run.
    The once in a lifetime opportunity was blown in the final two games last season and I suspect it will not present itself again.
    I’ve supported Brentford for 53 years and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions…. let’s enjoy the ride and not take things too seriously.

    • nickbruzon February 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm #

      Well said , Paul. Personally thinking, I don’t believe the chance of promotion last season was ‘once in a lifetime’. It was strong but not the be all or end all. Nor do I believe we aren’t good enough to go up this season. That’s me though. Likewise, full respect for your own opinions rather than knee jerk ranting . However, it’s the last line where we are both on the same page – all about enjoying the ride

      • BORU February 21, 2021 at 5:27 pm #

        Smug, as always.

    • Lichfieldbee February 21, 2021 at 11:08 pm #

      I have to agree with what you said Paul, being realistic we are not good enough for ‘the promise land’.
      I want us to stay a good championship side, I believe going into the Prem would change the Brentford that we know and love, and not for the better

  3. nickbruzon February 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm #

    Awww. Thanks. You’re the best xx

  4. Max February 21, 2021 at 5:47 pm #

    Think we will play Rasmussen at left back. Does that make me a self appointed expert aswell…

    • nickbruzon February 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm #

      Oh Max, shut your gob and let others have their say.. Oh..err.. you did. Yeah, its good call and I’m intrigued to see which way Thomas goes. Roll on Sheffield on Wednesday. Can’t come soon enough.

      • Max February 21, 2021 at 6:28 pm #

        I thought the lad looked a good plater at the end of last season ,didnt have a good game in Saturday but who did.And another oppinion coz im in a roll now .i hope we play pinnock on the left centre back to help whoever is chosen .come on you bees .

  5. David Carney February 21, 2021 at 9:39 pm #

    That is the best piece you have written all season Nick.

  6. AUSSIE BEE 53 February 22, 2021 at 1:18 am #

    At this point in time 3 teams go up, whether 1,2 or 3 or even any of them are truly ready. This Brentford squad would be as, if not more ready than the majority that have gone up since our return to the championship.
    Norwich have gone up and down a few times , are they as a whole better for experience ? I can’t say but they are definitely no worse.
    Whilst we have played some brilliant stuff at times there is still scope / natural improvement in the team / squad. The Coventry game did stagger me because whilst valid points have been made regarding injuries etc. our levels weren’t that bad in the cup games when we had made several changes. Perhaps there was a combination of less pressure and less player fatigue in the cup games.
    I believe we deserve a crack at the Premier league, but you don’t always get what you deserve. Arguably our best performance this season was Swansea away and that only resulted in one point even though Swansea on the day were nowhere near our level.
    We have put ourselves in a good position . lets all pull together and see where it takes us..

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