I want a squirrel and I want one now!!

18 Apr

Congratulations Norwich City. It is the only place to start a look at our own Championship fortunes this morning after their return to the Premier League was confirmed yesterday. Despite a home defeat, every favour possible was cashed in after Brentford were held 0-0 by Millwall, Watford lost at Luton and Swansea City left it late to salvage a draw with Wycombe. Not that these favours would have been needed in the longer term. The Canaries have been outstanding this season in terms of both ability and consistency. It has been apparent for months that ‘automatic’ would be theirs if they held the nerve. Instead, there has barely been a ruffled feather on that front. The goals and wins have kept on coming. The reward fully deserved.   

For Brentford, still all to play for but getting tougher every game. A frustrating afternoon no doubt and moreso given it followed that stonking 5-0 win at Preston last weekend. The same side selected yet, this time, the opposition infinitely harder to break down. Chances at a premium with the only one I can remember that from Marcus Forss early on in the second half. He did tremendously well to wriggle past two defenders on his way into the box before firing his shot the wrong side of the near post when squaring it would have been the easier option. In hindsight. One can’t blame him for seeing the goal open up after working the chance and our fortunes should have hung on more than this solitary opportunity. Instead, Millwall did what Millwall do. Indeed, they had their own chances to take an early lead before the game meandered to another stalemate.

The optimist in me could say it is now 7(seven) unbeaten. And it is. Another game where the pre kick-off presence of one-time albatross Clem in his Football Focus interview barely caused a murmur of consternation given his current form. His historical ‘jinx’ factor currently set to ‘positive’ and so, if anything, was a good sign going in to this one. On a side note, the interview with Thomas is well worth watching. Clem, his usual blend of gentle probing and charm personified. Thomas giving a much needed reality check on last season aswell as the challenge ahead for the remainder of this.

Clem and Thomas do their thing

It was a game that saw another point gained but, really, if there is any aspiration of automatic we need to be turning those into wins rather than becoming divisional draw specialists. Brentford are now fourth. One point behind Swansea City and eight behind Watford with a game in hand a visit form the Hornets still to come. Bournemouth on fire and tucked in behind us on level points. Their own victory at Carrow Road yesterday making it six in a row for the Cherries. Their own fine start to the campaign coming off the rails before bouncing back in some style. If anything, they are the danger team making that late surge although perhaps second place a touch too far out of the way.

For Brentford, all we can do is focus on winning then hope something happens in our favour. Tuesday night is the big one. No question. The evening of ‘must win’ games. A visit from Cardiff City as tough as any we could face. Oh, for a repeat of the Sergi Canos hat-trick against the Bluebirds back at Christmas. Of course, football doesn’t work like that and it is the first of our five remaining fixtures. Five high stakes games which could see this team become legends. From this point in the stress levels are only going to build. For everyone. How Thomas Frank manages that is going to be key to our fortunes. How he gets his team performing consistently a conundrum only he, and his staff, can unravel.

The same XI were world cup winners against Preston. Chance after chance created, and taken. Fast forward a week and it would have been easier to unlock a front door wearing oven gloves and a deep sea diver’s helmet than it was the Millwall defence. The doom and gloom in the air at full time totally disproportionate to a team that are still sitting fourth in the Championship. I’ve largely been off social media these last two weeks. Not even having the heart to update these pages. I love talking about the Bees but seeing all the negativity is just doing my head in. I’m  done with what, at times, feels little more than arrogant entitlement from a group of Veruca Salts throwing their worthless opinions around like spoiled brats hurling toys out of a pram. 

I. DEMAND. AUTOMATIC. NOWWWWW.

I’ve no real issue anyone putting the boot in if they can back it coherently. Make a case for what they feel is going wrong and, more importantly, what they might realistically change. Instead, its nothing but bullying of individuals and the same tired, lemming like phrases:

Bottle jobs.

Frank Out.

Canos / Marcondes / Jensen (delete or add as applicable) is sh*t.

Should have bought over January (I’d love to know who and how). 

Then there’s Tariqe Fosu being feted as the saviour of the team. He IS good, very good, no question. Yet one player does not win games on his own. One player is not the be all and end all of our chances. The responses to yesterday’s final result being announced on Twitter saw so many of the the usual suspects doing the usual thing. Forgetting, also, that a campaign lasts 46 games rather than something determined by the latest round of results.

Look at who is injured. Look at how we do things. Look at the pressure on everyone. On every club – something seen in yesterday’s results. Instead of whine, whine, whine how about actually backing your team? Save the post mortem for later, if it is really needed.

I’m pretty much done with Twitter and Facebook for the moment. Yesterday illustrated that just perfectly – shouldn’t have looked at the full time update but a few beers in the sunshine helped pique my curiosity later in the day. The return to The Griffin, seeing old friends and discussing football in person just wonderful. Another positive to be taken from the day. Sadly, the same can’t be said about social media. I want to enjoy my football, no matter how hard it is at times. How tense. How excruciating. Not have it dragged down by bitching. So I’m done. Let them shout into the void. I’ll go on there if it suits me and that’s it.

The replies to this. Only Wilf talking sense

We are on the threshold of greatness. Whilst only a moron would fail to recognise things are ten times harder for us than they might have been, getting out of the Championship is one of the toughest things possible. Twenty four teams fighting for three spots. The calibre of opposition and budgets of those who have parachuted down from the Prem illustrate it in some style. That’s before you get to those well established clubs. The pressure on everyone is immense. We saw that with the sequence of results that came in this weekend. It was a lost opportunity for Brentford but, then again, also for Watford and Swansea. Perhaps even Norwich City who would have been confirmed champions.

Instead, it is all eyes forward to Tuesday and that other must win game, for Norwich at home to Watford. To be fair, even a point hands them a title that is now only out of their grasp by virtue of mathematics and goal difference. I’d love them to do it if only for what it then means for Brentford, of course. As Thomas Frank said in his interview with Clem (and if you haven’t seen that as yet then you can, no should, take a look. There’s a link here) I think it is for Watford to lose but of course we need to do our bit.” 

Of course. The absolute priority has to be us getting our act together first, rediscovering our cutting edge and then seeing what else happens. Starting with Cardiff City on Tuesday at 6pm.

Nick Bruzon

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21 Responses to “I want a squirrel and I want one now!!”

  1. Simon Sapper April 18, 2021 at 7:57 am #

    Welcome back Nick – you’ve been missed!

  2. Martin West April 18, 2021 at 8:18 am #

    NICK OUT!!! 😀

    • nickbruzon April 18, 2021 at 8:29 am #

      😂😂😂😂👍

    • newroadEnder77 April 18, 2021 at 10:03 am #

      U fckn klown we fckn nead bruison what ever u fckn say

  3. burt April 18, 2021 at 8:27 am #

    Thanks for the magnanimous comments regarding Norwich. I wouldn’t worry too much about Bournemouth, City were tearing them apart up until the very dubious sending off. Only two players to fear in their squad, Danjuma (very skilful), and Pearson (A massive cheat). If you meet them in the play-offs all you will need to do is play your natural attacking game and keep 11 players on the pitch. Hope Brentford make it up too. Good luck!

    • Tim April 18, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

      How a referee from Bournemouth was selected for that game is astounding. Clearly it had no influence on his decision making.

      Good luck to Brentford.

    • Tim April 18, 2021 at 2:11 pm #

      Addendum

      It appears my previous comment about the referee’s birthplace was prompted by a satirical editing of his Wikipedia profile. Naturally this went through the Canary nation like wildfire whilst, as usual, the truth took many hours to emerge. It does not negate the assessment of the referee’s performance.

      Good luck, you deserve promotion.

      • nickbruzon April 18, 2021 at 2:21 pm #

        Thanks Tim. Got to love a wikipedia ‘edit’.

  4. Brighton Bee April 18, 2021 at 9:21 am #

    You’re taking it a lot better than me Nick, I admire your ability to think objectively. I’m not yet in the TF out camp but I tell you I am coming pretty close after yesterday’s really poor and uninspired showing.

  5. Garry Shrimpton April 18, 2021 at 9:26 am #

    I came off all SM just before Xmas, and stopped watching the news. Best thing I’ve done in ages, and should have done it a lot sooner.

  6. Peter Hills April 18, 2021 at 10:22 am #

    Delighted to see the voice of reason returning. We missed you!

  7. Ken Luckett April 18, 2021 at 11:18 am #

    Well folks I am afraid that I am the reason for the slump in the Brentford season. It was only after the 21 game run that I found out how to work I follow. My first game was Coventry.
    After Birmingham I went AWOL and returned for Millwall. Enough said. Now what do I do?
    I started supporting the in the old 1st Div. and would love to leave them in the Premier, so what should I do? Perhaps visiting Watford might do it.

  8. Rod Davidson April 18, 2021 at 12:45 pm #

    When you look at our squad man for man it stands comparison with other top squads in the league – doesn’t it ? We are where we are in fourth place because we deserve to be.
    But the question, is how come we can we struggle against a team like Huddersfield who themselves then go and get hammered in their next match.
    Millwall were tough opponents, but we should be doing better overall with the quality we have on paper.
    Consistency is in short supply.
    I can feel the mental asylum coming on.

  9. David Carney April 18, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

    Gloom, Gloom, Gloom, problems, problems, problems.
    It needs a steady hand on the tiller and Brentford have that by the bucket load.
    There is a game in hand – 3 points
    There is a game against Watford – 3 points.
    Then there are 3 games each for both Brentford and Watford.
    Brentford then need to pick up 2 points over the three games.
    If Brentford win more games than Watford goal difference should not be a problem.
    It’s not a foregone conclusion that it is too much of a gap to make up. Watford is struggling with the pressure judging by the Luton result, so how about everyone just takes a cold shower, gets behind the team, supports them rather than try to tear them down.

    ps. I really don’t care how good you believe Norwich is because it is of no interest to me. The only interest I have is the success of Brentford. I can respect their achievement but really – do I care if Norwich is good, bad or indifferent at this point in the season.

    • Rod Davidson April 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm #

      Cold showers and crossed fingers.
      Please spare me the play offs.

    • nickbruzon April 18, 2021 at 2:22 pm #

      Its called sportsmanship, David

      • David Carney April 18, 2021 at 3:07 pm #

        I know what sportsmanship is, but all the ranting, criticisms that the Brentford players, and Thomas Frank is copping is certainly not sportsmanship, particularly when they are doing their very best and are light years ahead in the talent stakes of those that deem themselves qualified to act in such a manner.
        Those morons should ask themselves why Benham would invest over 100 million just to listen to that lot. He could sell the players tomorrow, cash in his chips and go elsewhere. What would the boo brigade do then, all those front bar experts and the rest that are just empty vessels.
        I have followed and supported Brentford since 1954, Ive seen some really poor teams, but you know what, that doesn’t matter because its Brentford. We’ve all seen some shockers, some poor players, but they all wore their Brentford shirt with pride. That to me is more like sportsmanship.

  10. Max April 18, 2021 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m not sure that I understand the sm crowd either nick ,any idiot should know that its not helpful digging out individual Players from your own team and as far as the manager is concerned I would guess that about 20 other teams in this league would probably swap with us ,Thomas is a big part of the system at brentford and the system has us punching above our weight, we have many Scandinavian players at brentford who are at the club because of Thomas .I do not agree with everything that he does but I don’t see anybody that could do a better job at brentford. I think that this has been the longest most frustrating season I can remember and some people prefer to say silly things rather than get behind the team ,if it’s the play offs fir us then we have had some of our better performances in Cup football this season. Coyb

  11. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) April 18, 2021 at 4:04 pm #

    To be honest i have either blocked or completely ignore the idiots on Twitter. Whereas, Instagram is just the home for the clinically insane looking at the comments on the BrentfordFC Official. Maybe its time for the club to do a social media black out, with news only available from the O/S.

    Yesterday was poor. One decent effort all game, and that was down to Forss’s strength and determination to carve out his own chance.

    What deeply concerned me yesterday though was the moment Roerslev froze to the spot, terrified to go forward or back and just rooted there. Granted, moments later he was substituted. The signs were there all game with Malone all over him. I would have looked to have taken him off a lot earlier, and maybe for me that’s one of Thomas’s failings, the inability to react until its almost too late for changes to be effective.

  12. Lance Poulton April 18, 2021 at 8:45 pm #

    As I watford supporter I must say I really enjoyed reading this we all feel the intestacy rising and blind panic setting in god knows how the players staff et Al can cope .
    Really well reasoned article from you sir ..well done

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