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With Derby next up, what can we learn from the Newcastle juggernaut?

16 Oct

Brentford travelled en-masse to Newcastle United full of expectation. We left on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat. It is a  scoreline that doesn’t even come close to showing the gap between our two sides. I’ve no problem with being well beaten but let’s not pretend that, on this occasion, we weren’t anything but second best to deserved winners. Dean Smith’s post match assertion that “We competed well enough”  something which, I’m sorry to say, I disagree with. With the next game, at Derby County, only on Tuesday let’s hope he reviews this one carefully.

Hey, I love our Bees. I love going away and this was a corker of a trip.  Close to 3,000 visiting fans helping to make it the biggest crowd we’ve played in front of since 1946. And there, perhaps, was part of the issue. Whilst Newcastle are used to this on a weekly basis, we aren’t.


A huge crowd to watch the Bees and Magpies

I’ll big us up when we do well or ‘fess up when we get away with proverbial murder, but I won’t stick my head in the sand. It was like watching 11 rabbits caught in the headlights of on onrushing Geordie juggernaut for the first twenty minutes . And it rolled straight over us.

How much room for the first goal as Jonjo Shelvey directed it on to the head of an unpressured Ciaran Clarke just 11 minutes in ? Dwight Gayle was given all the space he needed for the second (16) as Shelvey’s long ball over top set up the striker for the first of his pair.

Two down and rocking on the backfoot,  Newcastle really should have administered a knockout blow on 20 minutes. Had Ayoze Perez opted for head rather than hand his goal would have stood and, surely, opened the floodgates for a potential 7(seven) goal bracketing.

Instead, despite Brentford having been carved open time and again like a prize turkey with little resistance offered in return, the Bees hung on to a 2-0 half time deficit. Yet with the gap manageable and the potential there to, erm, go again in the second period we crumbled just four minutes into the half. Gayle grabbing his second of the afternoon as Shelvey turned provider once more.

To their credit, Brentford weren’t overwhelmed and even had the last word….“. Those aren’t my words but those of Channel 5 commentator Nick Halling to describe the moment Scott Hogan swopped in to give us hope. The already vocal Bees erupted further; passion flared in the stands. With most of us cheering on our our boys (although a few choosing a somewhat insalubrious selection of exhortations and admonishments) a brief period of hope turned to a case of ‘if only’.

Had we got that goal at 2 down rather than just a few moments after falling 3 behind then things might have been different. 2-1 and 40 minutes to play make it anybody’s game. But, instead, it proved to be little more than consolation.

Mark Burridge talks through the action, as ever, c/o Brentford official

Newcastle United were worthy winners. Absolutely. You can only beat who you are up against and they did that. Yet, being equally honest, were they that good? At least, yesterday.

I’d agree with Dean that we gave them a helping hand and that defensively we’re normally very good. Equally though, we offered little and had we challenged more then who knows what we’d have got out of this one?

Instead our selected team were stretched in midfield and couldn’t get the ball forward. Substitutions, made once we were 3-1 down, seemed more around containing the damage than offering any hope of pulling something unlikely out of the bag. Surely that should have been more the team he started with than reverted to?

Newcastle United played us. We played them, the history, the reputation, the atmosphere, the stadium, the occasion and ourselves.

Genuinely, I think things would have been a lot closer had the game been at Griffin Park. But then that’s home advantage and boy did they make it count. Let’s not take anything away from Newcastle after a game they could have won by more.

Look. This shouldn’t be taken as doom and gloom. Let’s not forget we were up against a team who had recently won 6-0 at  QPR and put 4 past current leaders Norwich City.

This is all part of a learning experience for a team that is still developing. It’s just, perhaps, disappointing given how competitive we can be at times and how far we have already come. The more we play in venues such as this the more we’ll learn how to handle the pressure. The more we’ll learn to take the game to our opponents or, at the least, shut them down.

And if nothing else, we can leave with our heads held high. Given our own history with sh*t hashtags, (see, amongst others: #trophyfriends, #bignewambitions, #novemberkings ) it was nice to see one that was possibly even worse than all of these put together.

Newcastle United inviting their fans  to #JoinTheRafalution.


Brentford have a chance to get straight back into action on Tuesday night at Derby County. Interestingly, Steve McClaren got off to a strong start as his Rams beat Leeds United 1-0. With his team climbing to within five points of our own 8th placed Bees, don’t expect this one to be any easier.

For either side.

Nick Bruzon


If Bees Player was a band, then they’d be…

30 Dec

Sergi Canos – phenomenal”. Not my words but those of Bees Player commentator par excellence, Mark Burridge, as the Liverpool wunderkind made it 2-1 to Brentford at Reading on Monday.

We’ve all seen the goal by now, but that doesn’t stop the moment being recorded for posterity. And all the better to have a voice that is becoming as synonymous with the Bees as Peter Gilham to describe the action.

Whilst commentary wise it would be doing well to surpass the level of that Jota goal against Blackburn (but then what could top that?), the moment has been captured by a fan, for the fans. And it is a moment to savour. Moreso given that, on this occasion, it has been uninterrupted by the screams of hysterical pundits as has been a gripe in the past.

Come for the goal; stay for the second angle.

The only slightly sad note is that, in my personal opinion (for what it’s worth), Sergi’s strike has beaten Ryan Woods in terms of preference. Ordinarily a strike of the quality with which Ryan leathered that ball would have been goal of the month, if not the season. Thanks to Sergi it wasn’t even goal of the match.

That said, it was still a truly wonderful effort and one for which the 2,800 Bees fans present at the Madjeski can only be thankful to have witnessed. Truly, we have been spoiled in a manner befitting a dinner party hosted by the Ferrero Rocher ambassador.

And what Mark Burridge does on comms, Mark Fuller does just as well with the camera.


Mark Fuller captures Ryan Woods celebration after THAT opener

I think that, sometimes, we take Mark’s pictures for granted – such is the consistent quality of his work. So do check out his gallery from the Reading game on the official Brentford website. This one really does capture the excitement felt by those who were there on Monday.

It was an odd one yesterday. News about the sad passing of both the former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek and Lemmy from Motörhead bookended the day. Pavel was a hero to many and, by all accounts, one of the nicest men in football. The pointed arm and the lurid shirts were as recognisable as the quality goalkeeping. Truly, one of football’s most iconic figures and a huge shock to everybody to hear this sad news at the age of 47.

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Twitter was awash with images of, and tributes to, Pavel

As for Lemmy…. Motörhead may never have been fashionable but they’ve always been there for as long as I’ve been listening to music. It’s hard to believe Lemmy was 70 already. Bomber, Overkill, Orgasmatron and of course, Ace of Spades are amongst those you may recognise.

If anything, they’ve been a bit like Brentford over the years. Unfashionable, unswerving, not often hitting the heights of popularity but a constant part in my life. And Lemmy passing makes me think how I’ll feel when Peter Gilham finally swaps his microphone for a seat in the director’s box or Mark Burridge takes the ‘Talksport’ gig.

I’ve always thought that if Beesplayer commentary had a musical style, then it would be Motörhead. Burridge is Lemmy – his instantly recognisable voice driving the comms at 100mph. And if that sees his current wingmen of Mark Chapman play the role of Phil ‘Filthy Animal’ Taylor and Ciaran Brett as Würzel then so be it.

What I’m trying to say, without sounding overly morbid, is enjoy what you’ve got and appreciate it whilst you can. Whilst I hope neither Peter or Mark are planning on giving up their roles any time soon, sometimes we can take for granted what we’ve got on our doorsteps.

Both are voices as familiar at Griffin Park as Lemmy’s was in the field of rock and metal.

Until then, here’s Motörhead….