Paul Stedman sees Uwe's charges get off to a flyer.
Following one of the more encouraging close seasons of recent times – evidenced by the larger than average opening day attendance of 6,000+ – Brentford kick off their League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town.
New boss Uwe Rösler gave league debuts to new signings Clayton Donaldson, who partnered Gary Alexander (sporting a head bandage) up front; Jonathan Douglas also debuted with 18 year old Jake Reeves, making his professional debut in central midfield; Myles Weston on the left; Niall McGinn (on loan from Celtic) on the right. The back four comprised Craig Woodman Karleigh Osborne and two more debutants in Marcel Eger and Shaleum Logan; with last season’s player of the year Richard Lee between the sticks.
While Brentford dominated possession and territory there were not too many clear cut chances early on. As it was Bees were probably a little fortunate to take the lead just before the half hour when Logan’s cross was ajudged to have been handled in the penalty area by Nathan Jones. Gary Alexander comfortably slotted the spot kick to the keeper’s left.
For all their possession and – it has to be said – a crisp passing game that was pleasing on the eye, the Bees had to wait until the 75th minute before they cemented their victory when Shamen Logan’s pass-cum-shot rolled into the net.
An encouraging start to the season and it can only get better as the new players bed in. The early signs would be that Yeovil supporters will have to be getting used to a relegation battle and the Bees need to be judged against better sides – starting next week at Sheffield United!
My Man of the Match: Jake Reeves (honourable mentions to Shaleum Logan).