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Are we about to say ‘Adios’ to Sergi ? Whatever happens, we’ll always have Wembley. And Reading. And Arsenal. And….

31 Jan

Oooh. Sergi Canos (Ooh. Ahh). I wannna know-ow-ow-ow-owww, how you scored that goal…….

I was there when the (then) Liverpool loanee did just that for Brentford at Reading back in December 2015.

I was there when he scored that stunner against Blackburn  – our first game at Lionel Road with supporters allowed in following the relaxing of lockdown rules.

I wasn’t there when he ended up at the station with supporters making their way home after his 2 goals in that incredible Championship game at Burton saw 3-1 down at HT turn into 5-3 win (but that’s another story).

I was there when he scored our first ever Premier League goal as we went on to beat Arsenal 2-0 and go top of the Premier League table on that wonderful Friday night under the lights.

Like most if us, I was there for pretty much all of it but now it seems Sergi is a Bee no more with his signing for Olympiacos being broadly reported as a ‘done deal’ ahead of today’s transfer deadline day.

THE MOMENT – Brentford 1 Arsenal 0

Oh, Sergi Canos. My 9 year old son’s favourite player for as long as we can remember. That’s going to be a tough one to break to him. The player who made his 249th appearance for Brentford as we beat Liverpool 3-1 earlier this month. Who, even in that most recent appearance inspired one of the most beautiful moments between opposition supporters, with the cry of, “He left cos you’re shit’ ringing around the Gtech. A game where a chance meeting with yours truly at full-time saw his enthusiasm for the game and warm approach to the Brentford fans hadn’t waned any.

Err. Happy Birthday my good friend?

Sergi Canos. The player who took time out of his day to talk to supporters.

Who hung out with the fans, not just at the station but on the Braemar Road forecourt when injury robbed him of game time. Who made dad (me) look like the best parent ever by signing a birthday shirt for our Harry. 

Any nerves felt when given the chance to speak to a favourite, ever player immediately disappearing when the chance arose. That was the Sergi effect. All smiles. All enthusiasm.

H in awe….

The player who loved the Bees and gave his all every time he pulled on a Brentford shirt.

Whose bromance with fellow Spaniard Jota was the stuff of much good-nature back in the day. The fine tuning of the King’s car met with swift and brutal retribution.

How it started…
How it finished

Out of position or playing where preferred, he always put in 110%. The comments in regards to his recent posting about a favourite position, the latest round of bollocks from the usual hate mob. The same tedious few who had already caused Sergi to talk about how previous social media abuse had impacted his own mental health. The same gang who had already been responsible for the incessant vitriol towards our own head coach (how IS the Frank Out campaign going, btw?) and Matthias Jensen (mmm, and how is that going, too?).

Thankfully, they remain a minority amongst the broader fanbase. Sergi’s name and ‘that’ question ringing around the stadium every time he takes to the pitch.

The season ending game against Leeds United last campaign, where we had the opportunity to send them down, saw him come off the bench, level things up with 12 minutes to go, send the crowd nuts at the prospect of what may come next then promptly get booked for the celebration. A second yellow a few moments later and that was Sergi in a nutshell. Enthusiasm, passion and goals. Sadly, on this occasion, it didn’t quite go our way but it was very much the thin end of a wedge that normally saw him finding success and celebration.

Smile by Harry. Inspiration by Sergi.

Sergi’s time with Brentford has seen us heading in an ever upward direction. He started the play-off final against Swansea and by the time he finally left the field of play, we had one foot good in the Premier League. Those post-match scenes will live forever in the memory.

Whatever happens between Brentford and Olympiacos today, we’ll always have Wembley. We’ll always have Burton. We’ll always have Arsenal. We’ll always have Reading. We’ll always remember a player who, incredibly, is still only 25 years old. He seems to have been around at Brentford forever. 

That signing photo – how long ago does this feel?

It’ll be a sad, sad time when he moves on. Not just in our house but all around West London. Sergi, if you are somehow reading this, thank you for everything. Thank you for the great times and wonderful memories. Thank you for everything you did for Brentford and the fans.

Thank you for making me look good in front of my boy and, more importantly, ALWAYS making his day whenever paths crossed. The best of luck in the future and may our paths cross once more in the future. There’s always Europe…

As for now, I’m trying to think of my ultimate Sergi moment. Arsenal was amazing, of course. Such an outpouring of joy and love amongst the fans. For our team, for Sergi and a celebration that showed just how much it meant. It was the goal that took us to the top of the ‘as it stand’ Premier League table. And we went on to stand there all night long.

The play-off final, incredible. A team performance of which he was the very heart. All the hard work. All the blood, sweat and tears coming together on that afternoon. Celebrations that will leave on forever.

The strike against Blackburn equally special. It was our first time watching football together once more. The moment we’d been waiting for throughout lockdown and since that last ten together at griffin Park. Sergi had been copping social media nonsense and so for it all to come together and be answered in such emphatic style was almost karmic.

Then there’s ‘that’ goal. Whatever your favourite Sergi moment, that has to be up there. The video will be doing the rounds. My own words from the time, the morning after that game, still feel as fresh to me now as they did back then. That’s what a strike of such quality will do.

Then Sergi Canos happened.

It was a goal that had Brentford fans purring with delight and Liverpool supporters waxing lyrical about a player they’d rarely mentioned – certainly across our social media timeline. But then, when you score a goal like this, it’s no wonder they were trying to take the credit for it.

Ryan Woods, man-of-the-match by a country mile, lofted a perfect ball to the Spaniard out on the right wing. His first touch was sheer perfection as he lofted it past Stephen Quinn in a style almost reminiscent of Gazza leaving Colin Hendry for dead at Euro ’96. One man gone. By comparison he made drifting past his second man, Michael Hector, looks positively easy before firing home on the diagonal from the edge of the box to the far corner.

Bees fans went bonkers and Canos was ecstatic. Bond was left shaken and stirred whilst Tom Moore has to reopen his book on ‘goal of the month’ . Even Channel 5 recognised we were at the Madjeski.

But hey, why not enjoy it one more time? Over to you Mark Burridge. Over to you, Sergi Canos….

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Leeds United v Brentford. Post match debrief and player ratings.

23 Jan

Leeds United 0 Brentford 0. A Sunday afternoon stalemate where there was, at least for the home side, the consolation of not falling apart. Again.

The Bees now up eighth in the Premier League and chasing down those teams in the European places. Not a typo.

Leeds failed to emulate a jigsaw this time around….. there was no falling apart in the box

As ever at this juncture, we look back at the game just gone. Who shone for Brentford? Did anyone outclass Leeds? Who scooped the star player award and who is leading the chase for the season long top five?

And as ever at this juncture, the answers can be found here in the post match debrief and player ratings feature.

Brentford v Bournemouth. Post match debrief and player ratings.

16 Jan

Another game, another win for Brentford. The latest, a 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth at the Gtech. As one observer would point his morning, “Poor Bournemouth. They must have been so tired they had to keep taking a nap on the pitch.”

Despite out opponents close proximity to the filed of play and Mr. Gillet’s one man Mr. Magoo tribute act, Brentford held out and secured three more points.

As ever at this juncture, we look at who the top five performances, who might have earned a shot for for the next game (Leeds United away) and who is leading our season long quest to find the overall top performer for Brentford.

And as ever at this juncture, the answers can be found here. In the post match debrief and player ratings. Enjoy.

BBC Billy Reeves – From The Meridian Line

11 Jan

Billy – found these looking back through the Last Word archives. Including your finest ever Brentford moment – the White City touchline dance move. Picked us all up at a time when it probably wasn’t possible to feel any flatter in a football stadium

Hope they help

Billy, for once, on the receiving end of gentle probing
BBC Billy celebrates the moment 🙂
Is there no end to Billy’s talents?
Billy (the fish)

Brentford v Liverpool. Post match debrief and player ratings.

3 Jan

Brentford 3. Liverpool 1. A win that sees another of the, so called, big six humbled by Thomas Frank and his mighty Bees. A win that moves us up to 7th in the Premier League this morning and, perhaps, looking to see whether the passports are in date.

As ever at this juncture, we look back at who shone for Brentford. Who were the players to cause Liverpool nightmares. To so upset Jurgen Klopp with our ‘chaos’. Likewise, find out who is leading the top five in our season long quest find an overall star player (aswell, of course, as the game by game marks)

And as ever at this juncture, you can find the answers here in the post match debrief and player rating review.

West Ham v Brentford. Post match debrief and player ratings.

2 Jan

Brentford host Liverpool this afternoon but, before that, time for a quick look back to the game at West Ham.

Who starred for Brentford? Who broke West Ham hearts? Who is looking like making the starting XI when the Bees run out against Liverpool? As ever, those answers are here in the post match player ratings review.

Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur. Post match debrief and player ratings.

27 Dec

Brentford 2 Tottenham 2. The wait for Premier League football has been an interminable one at times but what a way for the beautiful game to return. The chance to follow on from our 2-1 away win at Manchester City has been a long time coming, with an awful lot happening in between, but the Boxing Day showdown was one which very much lived up to the hype.

Next up for Brentford are West Ham but, first, we need to look back at Spurs. As ever at this juncture, we need to pick a star player. To find the top five Brentford performers. Always a tough task and one made even harder this time around considering not only where we were but also just how fine we played.

And as ever at this juncture, you can find that here, in the post match debrief and player review. Enjoy….

Manchester City v Brentford. Post match debrief and player ratings. Paging Gareth…..

13 Nov

Manchester City 1 Brentford 2. Not a typo – it really did happen. Ivan Toney very much the man of the moment – just as he had been on Thursday when Gareth Southgate chose to overlook him for England and the World Cup. A decision seen as farcical at the time and one made all the more ridiculous as our man did his talking on the pitch against a team of Qatar bound players. Against the strongest club side in Europe.

Ivan, Ben et al did their talking on the pitch

Yet this game, this performance, was up there with the very best, ever, from Brentford. Of all time. It was simply sublime. It was a world away from all the frustrations of the last week as it is possible to get. Forget Forest in the 90th. Forget Gillingham. Forget England. This was all about beating Manchester City. Not a typo.

As ever at this juncture, we need to pick a star player. To find the top five Brentford performers. Always a tough task and one made even harder this time around considering not only where we were but also just how fine we played. And as ever at this juncture, you can find the answers here in the post match debrief and player ratings review. ENJOY !!!!!

Nottingham Forest v Brentford. Post match debrief and player ratings.

6 Nov

Brentford held to a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest. The prospect of a trip to Manchester City next up for a team that, despite the enforced changes and injuries, can feel hard done by not to have come away with all three points. The hosts, lucky to end the game with eleven players after a somewhat petulant display from their ‘keeper. Likewise, fortunate not to have further questions asked about the nonsense in the warm up where the blunt end of a pitchfork seemed to be involved in some unorthodox action. Sh*thousery is alive and well at the City Ground.

Dean Henderson, yesterday

As ever at this juncture, time to see who was the star player for Brentford. Who made up the top five against Nottingham Forest and will anyone have earned a start against Manchester City on Saturday?

And as ever, the answers are here in the post match debrief and player ratings feature. Enjoy…

Brentford v Wolves. Post match debrief and player ratings

31 Oct

Last time out Brentford fans… well, let’s not go there beyond saying that some sort of backlash was hoped for against Wolves on Saturday. With just Nottingham Forest and Manchester City (both on the road) to come before the World Cup, the chances for Rico Henry and Ivan Toney to stake a claim for a seat on the plane can be counted on the fingers of two , err, little fingers.

So for now time to look back. On an afternoon that ended with Brentford adding another unbeaten home notch to the Premier League belt, did anyone shine against a Wolves team who put the boot in to.. well, just in. A masterclass of anti-football straight from the big book of Bryce Samba game killing.? Have any of our bench players done sufficient to make the starting XI for the Nottingham Forest game? Will we cope without Ivan and who was star player? Who else made the top five in the season long quest to find the top Bees’ performer? 

As ever, the answers can be found here……