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Rams await as Sergi speaks out.

16 Mar

Tuesday night. Another round of fixtures at the business end of the Championship table. The weekend played out with Brentford seeing our own win on the road matched by away wins for Swansea, Barnsley and Watford on Saturday. Norwich picking up three points the following day. Now, we’ve another chance to see if things can change around any. For the Bees, a trip to Wayne Rooney’s Derby County awaits. The Hornets are at Rotherham whilst Steve Cooper’s side face a trip to Bournemouth. Themselves, once looking nailed on for automatic and now trying to play catch up to the play-off pack. How quickly things can change. How quickly they can return with a few wins on the bounce. Easier said than done, of course. Elsewhere, Sergi Canos has spoken to Sky Sports about his own return from injury and the social media abuse being handed out this season by some of our followers.

Sergi got 3 out of 3 against Cardiff City

First up, Brentford face Derby County at 7pm this evening. The Rams are very much at the wrong end of the table compared to recent seasons and whilst relegation is probably not a subject on the agenda, they’ll want to start picking up a few points to make sure. Should Birmingham City start winning a few Derby may find themselves sucked in once Rotherham’s mammoth four games in hand play out. Stranger things have happened.

They’ll need to start finding the back of the net though. Saturday’s home loss to Millwall was their fourth game in a row without troubling the scorers. The sort of stat that always makes me angsty. I’ve been following Brentford far too long to take anything of that nature for granted. Following football far too long, to be fair. Complacency is the mother of all f*ck ups and we’ll need to be at our very best tonight. Pride Park never an easy place to go, regardless of how well our opponents are playing. The Championship a division where anyone can beat anyone. Something we’ve said many, many times. Mainly because it’s true. All being well a philosophy Watford and Swansea City will be on the receiving end of this evening. Much as we need to focus on ourselves only, let’s not pretend we won’t be keeping an eye on those other results.

The good news is the Bees played out of their skins to beat Blackburn Rovers on Friday night. Rock solid at the back and dominant in midfield. Winston Reid and Ethan Pinnock (a player I saw described afterwards as a ‘heading machine’) locking it up in the CB positions. The combination of Vitaly Janelt and the returning Christian Norgaard made the midfield a dream to behold. Ivan Toney doing what Ivan Toney does. Scoring. It was the sort of game that might have seen us pegged back or even beaten in days gone by. This time around, we held our nerve and took three crucial points. More of the same tonight would do very nicely, thank you. Here’s hoping everyone remains fit as, if so, I can’t see Thomas changing anything up. Sergi Canos the obvious choice to come in but given how the team played, I’d imagine he’ll have to be content with a place on the bench and trying to make his usual high energy impact.

Ah, Sergi Canos. What can you say? Well, if we’re on these pages its only going to be positive stuff. Or, at least, fair.  Then again, any regular reader (should such a concept exist) will know that. Aside from being our Harry’s favourite player he’s one of those you can’t help but love. The passion, the desire, the team spirit. The goals. The speed. The enthusiasm. The love for Brentford and our fans. Sure, he’s had his off days but who hasn’t ? The season has been a long one and players must be knackered. Moreso coming off the delayed end to the previous campaign. For Sergi, there was also that injury suffered at Nottingham Forest that kept him out for the best part of 2019/20. It’s amazing to think that at only 24 years old he’s fast closing in on his 200th Brentford appearance. 

Yet all this hasn’t stopped a quite bizarre hate campaign, bullying even, from a sub-strata of apparent fans on Twitter this season. Criticism and objective comment is one thing but this has been nothing short of consistent bile. Poison. Keyboard warriors at their very worst. We all know who they are. Their crud keeps popping up. You can try to avoid but still it appears. Frankly, I’ll call it out anyway. We can pretend it isn’t going on but it is. See also: FrankOut. Err…..?? Our team have been on an upward trajectory all season, everyone wants the same thing – promotion – and moreso after the frustration of how last season played out. So how does a ‘special’ group think they can help? By putting the boot in to one of the players trying to achieve that goal. Go figure. And sure enough, Sergi has seen it.

His interview with Dan Long on the SkySports website is here. Everyone should read this. Regardless your opinion on the player. WE all have favourites. We all have players whom, perhaps, we may inwardly groan when we see their name on the team sheet. My word, some of those to have worn the red and white over the years…. Cripes, it makes your hair curl to think back. Yet despite all of this we’ve supported them through thick and thin. Certainly, at the time. No matter how frustrating it was. And that’s been the (relatively) crap ones. The sad thing being Sergi’s actually ‘any good’. Yet the lemmings have had it in for him. His own comments sum it up..  

Normally, when you are not injured, you are playing and you manage that criticism during the season, but because I was going from zero to 100, it did affect me a little bit because it wasn’t only coming back from injury, it was also handling that pressure and that criticism from everyone. It was quite shocking because it was all at once. It didn’t help me, I’m not going to lie.

Perhaps it’ll subside. Perhaps just one person might change their choice of words or think before committing comment to social media. Might also consider the mental health of players. Just because they have the dream job and the public eye doesn’t make them immune to a constant barrage of abuse. Be kind, everyone. Would you say it to his face? Well, we all know the answer to that. 

I’m glad Sergi has said his thing. It’s a shame he has had to but it’s nothing we haven’t been banging about for months on these pages. Now, perhaps, everyone can just shut the heck up and back our boys. All of them. There’s 11 games to go and every point, every goal, is going to be crucial. Starting tonight at Derby County.

I’d love to be there in person. Instead, it’ll be time spent on the sofa with Mark Burridge. Metaphoriocally speaking. Sky also have it on the red button. See you there. In spirit.

Amazing to think this was 2015 yet he’s only 24

Nick Bruzon

Here’s to another Gibraltar moment. At 7(seven)pm.

3 Nov

Brentford have the chance to close within a point of second placed Swansea City this evening in a 7pm (seven pm) kick off at Lionel Road. With the memory of Saturday’s Sergi Canos inspired 3-0 victory at Luton Town still coursing through the veins, can the Bees make it back to back wins once more?

Check the time

7pm is when we find out. That’s 7pm. Don’t forget to set an alarm. It’s bad enough missing kick off when fans are / were able to attend in person (something that has been known to happen) but even more infuriating when all you need to do is turn on your laptop. Then make sure it is set to the right browser (not safari). Add your credit card details despite the fact you have a free code. Then check your bank statement to make sure you haven’t been charged. Yes, its iFollow time once more. That is, assuming you have a free code.

Certainly I’ve not had one this time around. Even after rooting through the trash (not for the first time) there is still no sign. however, Brentford official does tell us that for the Swansea City game : “Season Ticket Holders and Premium Seat Members, who matched their ticketing email address to an iFollow account, have already been given access to tomorrow’s game“.

So there you go. Let’s put our faith in technology. What could go wrong? To be fair, it all worked at the weekend when we watched a game from abroad. A first overseas break in almost two years allowed us catch the action from a flying trip to Gibraltar. Sunshine and goals were very much the order of the day as the iFollow worked. Far too well, as it happened. The cheers from Harry for Rico’s opener against Luton Town could be heard from Europa Point to the Victoria Stadium. He then brought shame upon the family as enthusiasm got the better of him but that’s a story for another day. Or the Middlesbrough programme, if the editor lets it past the censors…

Cakes by Gibraltar. Commentary by HB and Mark Burridge

The main talking points, Sergi aside, will of course be the goals for Ivan and Marcus. Only a liar would say they had no worries about selling Ollie Watkins but, my word, what a wonderful duel is now going on between the pair of them. Ivan headed back to the top of the Championship goalscorers table whilst Marcus did his thing from the bench once more. A sweet finish with H declaring, “Daddy. It was just like against Stoke City”. Albeit enjoyable. And with no defensive haemorrhaging. Thomas Frank has been given two quite special talents to replace the free scoring front man. With 9 scored from 9 Championship games, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out Ivan’s goal ratio. Long may this continue. Starting tonight – if only for the ‘Ten out of ten‘ headlines.

Hopefully that’s tonight although it won’t be easy. It never is, to be fair. Swansea City have only lost once all season, at home to Huddersfield Town, and have certainly shown no signs of a play-off hangover from last season. That, of course, a campaign that ended at Griffin Park after that controversial first leg when Rico Henry was sent off, only for it to be subsequently reversed. Yet, like Brentford, our visitors have put all that behind them. 

Manager Steve Cooper is quoted on the BBC, describing the events of that campaign as “Irrelevant”, saying “we’re a different team, they’re a different team. It’s a new season. It’s all about looking forward.

And what a way to do it. The table doesn’t lie and with the chance to get some clear air at the top, you can bet the Swans will be out for all three points. Then again, so will we. Obvious, of course, but with the team finding their feet despite injuries and sales it represents a great chance to start winning some of the tough games. To start laying down a few markers of our own. To avoid another ‘Preston’ or ‘stoke’ moment. Move along. Nothing to see. 

There’s not much else to say, really. With the games coming thick and fast, I’m exhausted just watching from the sofa. There’s no respite and no pause for breath. That’s before we even get to December and our 9 games in 29 days. You can be sure Marcus will be starting games by then. If only to keep Ivan fresh. As for the rest of the team, thank goodness we have squad choice in just about every position. Thomas will still know his favoured line up but don’t be surprised if we see more of the regular subs called in to the starting XI action. Possibly even tonight.

At 6pm we find out. That’s 6pm because, of course, kick off is at 7pm. See you there. In spirit. Nice and early.

Get ready for brackets. And kick off

Nick Bruzon