BRENTFORD 7 LUTON TOWN 0

 

Bill Hagerty celebrates Brentford’s demolition of Luton and a first Football League hat-trick from Josh Dasilva.

 

A cluster of goals that propelled the Bees into seventh place in the Championship table was sweet reward for the faithful after a stuttering start to the final season at their creaking but memory-packed old ground. Truly a day to remember – except for those who had travelled down the M1 with high expectations fuelled by a midweek victory over Charlton.

 

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BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 BRENTFORD 0

Stewart Purvis was one of 270 Bees fans who saw Brentford go close but not close enough at Ewood Park:

After a run of three away victories with nine goals scored and only one against this game was more like the away form of last year, an early goal conceded and a late fight back that just fell short.
Thomas Frank looked like a Head Coach rationing out the player minutes to get best value of his small squad across three games in a week. For the trip to Central Lancashire he chose not to start with Bryan Mbeumo  but instead to put him on the bench and continue with Jan Zamburek who’d held the ball up well in the final stages against Reading. Josh DaSilva was on the bench too as Christian Norgaard returned after suspension. 

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BRENTFORD 1 READING 0

 

Bill Hagerty sees Ollie Watkins score his eleventh goal of the season to end the Royals’ encouraging unbeaten run 

 

As a thrill-a-minute spectacle, it was not in the league of Prince Andrew’s alleged extra curricular activities that tittle-tattled the nation during the international break.

But there was still a certain thrill to climbing a further rung up the Championship table courtesy of an Ollie Watkins second-half goal of high quality that blitzed the Royals dream of continuing their four-match unbeaten run.

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WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 BRENTFORD 3

Stewart Purvis was at the DW stadium for Bees’ fifth away victory so far this season.

It is getting to be a habit. Three goals scored away for the third game in succession. And this one achieved without Said Benrahma who missed the trip north because of a slight injury to his hamstring. In his place a first start for Joel Valencia arriving from Ecuador via Spain, Slovenia and Poland. For Wigan there was a place in midfield for Lewis Macleod, so far injury free on his one year contract after leaving Brentford.

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BRENTFORD 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1

Bill Hagerty sees the Bees edged out with a sloppy performance that ended a three-match winning run

 

Huddersfield-born Harold Wilson, twice prime minister in the second half of the last century, is credited with commenting 'A week is a long time in politics'.  How true, as recent events have shown, but as those faithful followers of Brentford’s fortunes in the club’s last season at Griffin Park might wryly observe, three weeks in football seems interminable for those shackled to the topsy-turvy world of the Championship. 

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QPR 1 BRENTFORD 3

Greville Waterman reports on a night to remember for 2,482 Bees fans at Loftus Road.

 

The lot of a football fan can be a frustrating and thankless one but every so often a night comes around which more than makes up for all the poor performances, soakings in the rain, sleet and snow, long expensive journeys and the lottery of referees’ decisions.

This was such an occasion as the Brentford fans floated home on air after a convincing win at their old enemy QPR.

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SWANSEA 0 BRENTFORD 3

Stewart Purvis saw a memorable away win at the Liberty Stadium.

 

All the Bees’ Swansea nightmares last season- a potential cup victory thrown away and two league games where we conceded in the first minute-were banished as Brentford stormed to a back to back win that promises so much for the rest of this season. 

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BRENTFORD 3 MILLWALL 2

Bill Hagerty sees the Bees come alive just in time to snatch victory in a bad-tempered brawl with London rivals

 

That was the best ten minutes we’ve played all season,’ said a Bees fan in front of me as we left Griffin ParkA pause followed, and then, ‘But don’t talk about the other eighty!’

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BRENTFORD 0

Stewart Purvis sees Brentford fall again to a single goal in an away game.

Three seasons ago Brentford beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 at the City Ground in a wonderfully exciting evening game with Sergi Canos setting up a brilliant breakaway winning goal. 
This weekend Sergi, yellow carded for arguing with an official, limped off with a leg injury leaving Brentford with just ten men to try to grab an equaliser against Forest. You couldn’t blame Sergi who had struggled on maybe longer than he should have.

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BRENTFORD 1 BRISTOL CITY 1

Stewart Purvis was among the biggest midweek crowd for 14 years who saw the Bees fail to hold on for a win.

What do you do when you arrive at your usual seat in Griffin Park to find Thierry Henry sitting in it. Shout ‘Thierry Henry stole my seat’? Maybe politely ask the people with him if they are in the right row. Fortunately this was enough to move the Arsenal and France legend into the right place in the Braemar Road stand. Suddenly everyone around spotted him and was asking ‘why exactly is Thierry Henry watching Brentford?’.

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