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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Reports | 16 comments

Glowing Praise For Growing Bees – Brentford 2 Leeds 0 (VIDEO)


Brentford produced another stunning first half performance on Tuesday night which had the home fans purring – some of the slick, passing football was out of the top drawer and, if you weren’t aware of the league positions of the respective teams before kick-off, anyone would have thought it was Brentford pushing for promotion.

Leeds started fairly brightly, but the Bees were soon in charge. Ryan Woods had a fantastic game in midfield, Harlee Dean was outstanding and the attacking prowess of Vibe, Canos and Jota cause no end of problems to United.  

The opening goal came on 19 minutes following great build up play – Romain Sawyers lashing home from the right hand side of the Brook Road penalty area after Robert Green had pushed out a Canos shot… As you’ll see from the video clip above, Griffin Park went potty.

Most fans thought we’d doubled the lead when Lasse Vibe dinked the ball over Green after being played through, unfortunately the Dane’s attempt just went wide… However, Vibe made amends minutes later and the home fans were celebrating again when another parried shot was converted to the dismay of the travelling support.

In truth, the Bees could have been out of sight at the break, with Canos and Jota both going close again, and despite a brighter second half display by Leeds, Brentford always looked dangerous on the break – Jozefzoon almost converting from a Vibe saved shot and Jota seeing a wicked free kick almost find the net.

Leeds had their chances too as they battled to avert a second defeat on the spin, but there were few complains from the United manager, Garry Monk, after the match when he said; “Credit to them and how they played because they deserved the win. I’ve watched a lot of Brentford this season and that’s one of the best first-half displays I’ve seen from them.”

The fans were equally as glowing after the match as you will hear on the Beesotted Pride of West London Podcast (click link), and back in the boozer, there was a real sense of pride and achievement – Brentford are clearly growing in confidence and stature, and with more consistency and a handful of additions to the squad, it will be us challenging for the play-offs in twelve months time.

Please share your thoughts on the game by leaving a comment below.

Dave Lane


  1. It is so natural, to become excited by one good performance, but, like the QPR away game, the diamonds glint amongst a field of mixed, poor and inconsistent outcomes; end of year report, “average”. Bristol City hit the bar several times, but match reports skate over that; even playing under par, teams come within a whisker of turning BFC over. BFC are now playing with no pressure, it does need to be leavened against the overall picture, having stumbled towards mid table safety; let’s see how they do next season, we will see if the constant problem of inconsistency and the weaknesses of a mediocre manager, whose fallibility has been masked by the lucky streak he seems to get, as per last season, to save his bacon.
    This squad and setup, can grindingly manage Championship survival, but promotion? They would melt like spring snow; a whole new squad would have to be purchased, with big money. These guys are not Premiership quality.

    • Is this comment by a Bees Fan or some disgruntled QPR fan?

      • Steven I couldn’t agree more this Boru is def. QPR.

    • I’m not sure what match you were watching or who you support, but you will be eating your words this time next year. Brentford have something special building up, that much is obvious and their young side will become rampant in the championship and the Premier League to follow. Their football has become a masterclass that has drawn the admiration of many opposing managers and players. Go and suck your QPR lemon.

    • Boru v Benham what a conundrum that is?The mans a complete and utter “nob”, just like Roderic was last season.

    • Worth a few bob though Brian

    • What a mealy-mouthed, thoroughly inaccurate, and puerile post by Boru. This Brentford team has its weaknesses – sure – but has the youngest average age in the league (often conveniently forgotten by some of the mean-spirited with an agenda against Dean Smith) and huge potential to improve and do well next season. Some of their high-speed passing football is as good as any played in the league and the addition of a little more midfield protection for our defence could make them into a very good team indeed.

      Let’s take successful Brighton as an example. They are strong and well organised but have nothing like the technical quality of the Bees. They will go up on the basis of having a strong defence and lots of big guys to head in Knockaert’s (their only technically gifted player) crosses. I would rather strive to go up playing the way we do – and the way Bournemouth did – than by doing it the physical way that so many teams traditonially do.

      The club now has an image and a playing style far divorced from some of the intelligence-insulting long ball rubbish we watched in the days of David Webb and Andy Scott. Long may it continue. The likes of Boru should stop carping and start appreciating what we have. And it could get a whole lot better.

  2. Boru
    Are you a supporter? From what you state you will only be happy if we are relegated.
    I accept that we are not the finished article, but please give praise where praise is due. Three wins on the trot playing fantastic football at times. It is what I have been waiting for for sixty years.

    • I’ve been waiting as long as you, this is the best football I have ever seen from the Bees.

  3. I’m glad Boru isn’t running the club 🙂

  4. think boru needs some counciling although he did make me laugh, hope he can keep up this standard looking forward to next post

  5. Wow, I wonder what has to happen to make some people happy?
    There is not a team in this division that could have coped with how we moved that ball around in the first half last night. We are growing in confidence and some players fairly new to the Championship are getting the hang of what is required.
    Yes, the pressure is off, but I believe the team have set themselves the challenge of beating last years points total.
    A few carefully selected signings in the summer and we will be a force to be reckoned with next season.

  6. There really is something special building at Brentford, yes we have been inconsistent but when we get it right we look like the best team in the Championship. With a couple of additions and learning to win ugly, I’m confident we will go up next year !

  7. ” hit the bar several times” ? I can only recall a good glancing header by one of the most lethal strikers in the division hitting the post and another the outside of the same post which probably would have been saved by Bently had it been the required 6 inches to the left.
    It surprises me that Boru didn’t mention the penalty shout for the use of the arm from the free kick but then he would probably have had to mention the pull on Vibe’s head which was arguably warranted a red & penalty

  8. Have a day off Boru

  9. I wonder if Boru really exists or is really Dave or Billy having a bit of fun and trying to stimulate some response.

    We are nowhere near the finished article and blow hot and cold but given our situation, constraint and financial reality we are well ahead of where we should be and I’d far rather extol the positives and constructively criticise whenever necessary than smear, mock and denigrate.

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