Getting To Ipswich Was A Faff. But Was It Worth It? -The Brentford Buzz
Beesotted contributor Billy Taylor scours the internet to dig up the latest Brentford related gossip following their stalemate at Portman Road from Twitter, Facebook, the Griffin Park Grapevine (GPG) and more.
The Bees travelled to Ipswich on Saturday following a recent upturn in form looking for three straight wins for the first time this season.
Much of the pre-match talk was from Brentford fans worrying about a chance of injury to key players in the game. These concerns came from the two major injuries Bees players suffered last season in games against the upcoming opponents – one of which was the Alan Judge leg break which he still has not recovered from one year later.
Former Bee Jonathan Douglas and teammate Luke Hyam – the offenders from last season – didnt appear to be popular among fans.
HATFIELDBEE: So, if Luke Hyam plays for Ipswich on Saturday, we should give him a hard time. I’ll bee there, and will do just that, given the opportunity!
Unfortunately, neither Douglas or Hyam in their squad. No one for us to abuse here…!
ISLEWORTH_BEE: Hyam deserves all the abuse he can get.
The fans on the Ipswich Town forum didn’t appear to be impressed with these presumptions of their side, many criticised the “blubford” fans as well as the Beesotted Pre-match podcast due to remarks made about the clear ugly side of Mick McCarthys team.
Despite it being a journey on the shorter side for most, sales of tickets to the game were lower than previous years due to the lack of trains available from London to Suffolk directly.
JUDIO1999: If you thought last year was bad
Liverpool Street SHUT all weekend
Suggested by TFL
Tube to Newbury Park
Bus to Ingatestone
Train to Ipswich
NO I haven’t heard of them either
2 HOURS 10 MIN
BIXER: Me and a couple of other ST holders are contemplating going.
Christ almighty is it a faff to get to though. Looks like going via Cambridge is by far the better option than any replacement bus
Another big contributing factor was the prices Ipswich Town were charging the Brentford faithful for the privilege. Bees were expected to pay £35 on the day (£32.50 in advance) to attend the game and this rightly caused disgust among many.
GUILDFORDBEE: £32.50 a ticket in a stand that’s an accident waiting to happen. Another bunch of thieving bastards.
SOUTH ACTON BEE: 35 pound on the day
On the pitch Dean Smiths side started the stronger but it was the home team who took the lead through a volley by midfielder Emyr Huws.
The Bees were quick to react as under fire playmaker Romaine Sawyers put a ball over the top for Nico Yennaris – who has been amongst the goals recently – to side foot the ball into the net. It was a great move.
The second half saw Brentford dictate most of the play but chances were restricted.
Midway through the period Brentford’s captain for the day Andreas Bjelland went off with an injury. It was the return of the Ipswich curse.
NORTH LONDON BEE: hamstring – good timing that Dean is back now
It was a game destined to be a draw and that was how it ended. It was enough to keep up the small and recent unbeaten run going bt as can be heard on the podcast below, most fans were underwhelmed by the match but happy to earn a point away from home.
It was a game week that provided much more to talk about off the pitch rather than on and brought up the fans’ unhappiness with high ticket prices once again. With moves for the Football Supporters Federation to target EFL Clubs this season after a successful capping of all Premier League Away games at £30 (it was cheaper to go get into Manchester United as a Bournemouth fan this weekend than get into Ipswich as a Bees fan), it will be interesting to see what happens over the next 12 months.