Greville Waterman on a tired game that takes the Bees to the magical 52 points.
Brentford's eighth game in a spell of only 23 days was a game too far as an
exhausted and depleted squad extended its unbeaten record to six games and
also reached Manager Andy Scott's 52 point target in a total non event at
Griffin Park this afternoon.
The team managed to crawl its way over the finishing line after an
exhausting schedule but there was very little flowing football or goalmouth
action to cheer the 6,000 fans at Griffin Park this afternoon.
Neither side tamed the blustery conditions and the ball spent much of the
game in the air.
Chances were at a premium, Fleetwood missed twice for the Grecians and the
Bees threatened twice from skipper Hunt's long throws with Legge forcing a
fine save from Jones.
The first half was turgid and the second dire but at least the back four
looked solid with Legge and Pim majestic and Osborne and Wood settling well
into their unaccustomed fullback roles.
Brentford missed O'Connor's drive and eye for a pass in midfield and
Dickson's flair coming forward and Grabban was too lightweight to hold the
bal up and create chances for a tightly marked Charlie Macdonald. Strevens
was only given five minutes and Cort rested on the bench after his
heroic endeavours at Millwall on Friday.
Weston looked drained of energy and the side was unbalanced with Hunt
playing on the right hand side of midfield. Dave and Bean harried and chased
and Ainsworth looked lively but in truth a goal rarely looked like coming.
Oh, and referee Mr Russell making a very unwelcome return to Griffin Park
after his awful performance against MK Dons recently again managed to give
the Bees absolutely nothing in terms of decisions.
The fans should forgive and forget today's performance as Brentford have had
a fantastic season and established themselves as a decent outfit who with
some tinkering in the close season will challenge for honours next season.