Jamchester United. Bees miss out after storming performance.

20 Jan

What can you say? Brentford went down 3-1 at home to Manchester United in the proverbial game of two halves. The first seeing us utterly dominant. United, apparently the ‘biggest club in world football’ made to look like a bunch of Sunday league part-timers. The only one to emerge with any credit being David De Gea in nets who twice denied Matthias Jensen when it seemed odds on the Danish midfielder would score. The fans were on their feet in anticipation of him burying one of them but, yet again, Thomas Frank must be left wondering whose black cat he has run over. Like Chelsea, a blood and thunder performance saw us thwarted by a ‘keeper at the very top of his game. Christian Norgaard also with the best of the chances in an opening period that saw 6 decent efforts and the memory of our blank at Liverpool nothing more than that. A memory. This was a team reacting at the top of their game. A team breathing in the atmosphere at Lionel Road and then using it to super charge our drive forward.

Bryan was on fire. Matthias too, to be fair. The frustration of inconsistency rearing its head when the ball was lost or the chances spurned. The brilliance of him at his best coming through in patches. Perhaps that’s what the prospect of Josh Dasilva and Christian Eriksen breathing down your neck does. United left looking tattered and one of the worst teams to visit Lionel Road this season. We were that good. They were that bad. De Gea aside. The visitors not even testing Jonas Lössl who had replaced Alvaro Fernandez in goal.

Then , the second half happened. A sloppy first goal conceded with Lössl unsure whether to stick or twist as the ball was played forward and ended up doing neither. A despairing stretch was powerless to stop Elanga heading home. Ronaldo chesting it forward for Fernandes to give his only meaningful contribution of the evening in the build-up to the second. The ball then played through to Mason Greenwood who, despite a suspicion of offside, made no mistake. Marcus Rashford made it three late on.

The goals all well, well taken and the consummate lesson that chances can’t continue to be spurned. United weren’t even close in this game but rode their luck to the max. All we had to show for it was Ivan Toney’s late, late consolation goal. A long throw working for the second time this season. Brentford throwing everything and anything from the kitchen sink to Stephen Pressley’s socks at the United goal but nothing more followed.  

Look positive. This was Manchester Untied we were up against. It was miles improved on Liverpool. We didn’t concede form a corner either. Mads Bech coming in for Kris Ajer looked strong. Ivan is back on the score sheet whilst who didn’t enjoy the sight of Ronaldo’s hissy fit. Trudging off in what the BBC described afterwards as “a ridiculous show of petulance with a slow stroll off, some very obvious muttering and a burst of anger on the bench after he was substituted with 20 minutes left”?

In your own time, Cristiano

A case of ‘And this isn’t Ronaldo territory?’ Frankly, a two headed tortoise would have been quicker leaving the field. The chants of “winker, winker, winker” being directed towards the player showing that he hadn’t been forgiven for his World Cup shenanigans back in 2006. At least, I thank that’s what was being chanted.

Thomas would talk afterwards about how we absolutely destroyed them in the opening period. How he was hugely disappointed not to grab the win against a top team. All true. All true. Feelings felt by the majority of a fanbase who absolutely ripped the roof off Lionel Road. Kudos too, for the West stand breaking in to a chorus of: “Live round the corner. You only live round the corner.

The deeper dive player review is now up and can be found here. Otherwise, it’s a case of waking up and wondering how we came away empty handed. Of being taught a lesson that opportunities need to be grabbed when they come along. Something Manchester United are still masters at and which they demonstrated three times last night.

So head held high and all that but, at the end of the day Clive, a blank on the points tally. That’s football. All we can do now is bottle if for Wolves and, err, go again.

See you there  

Nick Bruzon


14 Responses to “Jamchester United. Bees miss out after storming performance.”

  1. Paul Klein January 20, 2022 at 8:02 am #

    I answer to your question of ‘what can I say’ we now seem to be in a pattern that is repeated week after week. We don’t take our chances and then we begin to lose concentration at the back and we concede…. and repeat.
    How many times over the past couple of months have we seen our defenders not getting goal side and their forward scores… the goals last night, two against Liverpool etc etc.
    We all want the club to stay in the Premier League but is this what it’s going to be like week after week?. Let’s be honest….where can you see the next win coming from?. What happens on the training pitch every day if our finishing is so poor….look at the stats it’s shocking and our defence is just not doing the basics.
    If we are setting ourselves as a counter attacking team are we playing the right formation because it isn’t working at the moment.
    We need to recruit some quality this January otherwise the players confidence will continue to go downhill and we know where that ends.
    Come on you Bees….

    • Rob January 20, 2022 at 10:13 am #

      Agree Paul, if you take away Utd’s history you could see that on the night they were there for the taking. They don’t press high up the pitch which is what we like so we could have time on the ball to work it forward. We created some great chances, but failed to capitalise. Then Utd turned up the heat and their team of quality and not so good individuals did what we failed to do.
      We did play well 1st half, we should have scored, but De Gea made some great saves and probably was given the opportunity to make some great saves because of less than perfect finishing.
      So I can’t agree that Utd “were unbelievably lucky”. They were clinical in the final third when it mattered and we weren’t, and as pointed out, we give away cheap goals which we didn’t first 10 games of the season. Simple as that

  2. Max January 20, 2022 at 8:03 am #

    I understood tomas frustration after the game nick ,his game plan was perfect .Our awfull finishing in the first half costing us dearly .On the plus side we looked like a team that can create chances and a goal for lvan that hopefully gets him bouncing again .Roll on wolves .coyb

  3. Garry Shrimpton January 20, 2022 at 8:33 am #

    It was nothing to do with bad luck, and everything to do (yet again) with not taking our chances when they come along. We need to be more ruthless.

    That was the difference on the night, United put theirs away second half, no mistake.

  4. MARK January 20, 2022 at 11:13 am #

    We just can’t seem to finish lately, shots always seem to be hit with little or no power, Jenson isn’t the man to rely on to score a goal either, nothing to do with luck I’m afraid, we just weren’t good enough finish the game off once again.

  5. Brighton Bee January 20, 2022 at 11:38 am #

    Nice summary Nick, certainly raises a lot of issues. Friend of mine said that we look like a Championship team playing cup matches against PL teams every week. That may or may not be true but You have to say that the early season optimism and confidence seems to have evaporated from the team and I also think that experienced PL teams have now worked us out. Maybe the system needs to change or at least be more flexible and adaptable. I am no football expert but what I do know is that we need to convert some of the chances we are still capable of creating. Last night, as soon as Jensen went to shoot, you knew what was going to happen, he never looks confident in these situations. Perhaps it’s unfair to single him out as there were others with less than impressive shooting skills. Personally, I think the team needs additional help at this moment. A least a couple of quality signings who can hit the ground running will boost the squad and add confidence to what looks increasingly like a flagging team. My fear is that if we don’t pick up a win or two soon we may get dragged into a relegation scrap and nobody wants that!!

  6. Red Rose Bee January 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

    There was nothing jammy about United’s victory.They rode out the first half thanks to De Gea and took over in the second;their finishing was just a different level.With the difference in budgets,transfer fees,squad depth etc this is scarcely surprising.Great effort by Bees but luck had nothing to do with it.

    • nickbruzon January 20, 2022 at 7:18 pm #

      Rode their luck in the first half. Should have been punished and were let off the hook.

  7. Simon Sapper January 20, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

    Agree there’s a bit of a worrying pattern and agree that we were beat fair and square last night. But I’m going to say this because no-one else seems minded to: Ivan is off his game and that really affects our ability to get goals. First because he’s usually pretty lethal in the box (not that he’s been there enough lately) and second because if he drops as deep as he has been lately, it pulls Bryan up the pitch too. I can’t believe the coaching staff haven’t picked this up (after all we’re just numpties in the stands) but what’s the cause and what’s the solution? I like IT as a player and a character so this is not just “having a go” – and I know one player doesn’t make a team but a return to him firing on all cylinders would be v welcome.

    • geoffcousin January 20, 2022 at 6:46 pm #

      Give those London Man U supporters their due, they did sing with a Mank accent!

  8. Eddie Hutchinson January 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm #

    Really good effort by the lads last night, frailties at the back costing us as much as the frofligate finishing. Relatively fine margins. I can’t imagine Burnley, Newcastle, Norwch or Watford still having the guts and qualty to pile forward at 0-3. Interesting to see Lossl go over to Thomas twice durng the game for long chats. I can’t stand Man U, but kudos to their fans for joining in the 67th minute applause.

    • Max January 21, 2022 at 8:38 am #

      With just injured and henrik leaving we have needed a attacking midfielder and a wing back who can defend since the start of the season ,last night just proved what we all know .

      • Max January 21, 2022 at 8:40 am #

        Jds injured

  9. Lady18Yarder January 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm #

    For me, the saddest thing last night was watching our captain Pontus walking straight down the tunnel after the game and not participating in the applause lap. I hope heads aren’t going down in the team. The majority of the fans still believe. Bring on the Wolves!

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