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Brentford 1 Oldham Athletic 0.


As usual a personal perspective on a game that I watched. The general feeling was that this game played in nice sunny conditions was quite entertaining. Brentford won the game with a neat goal from our midfielder Adam Forshaw, a young player signed from Everton recently. There were lots of chances, we took one and Oldham took none. So end of that. But four aspects of the game are worthy of scrutiny.

  1. The referee was frankly poor to appalling. Not only did he make any number of poor decisions but failed to talk to the linesmen. Sitting as we do 10 rows back we see things that linesmen must see, they really must. Why do these officials not communicate far more? The gentleman below is not one of the officials today I should add.
  2. Adam Forshaw was the best player on the pitch by a mile. Not only did he score a neat goal, but his passing was premiership quality. Simon Moore in goal will become the best keeper in League 1 and it is difficult to see how Richard Lee will get his place back.
  3. The routine pushing and niggly shoving by oldham reminded me of Division 4 football 30 years ago. They set out to irritiate and destroy any football by foul means and they got away with it. I now have some comprehension as to why their crowds are so low. Would I watch them again? Certainly not. Can I mention that a ticket to this game would cost £22.
  4. At 70 minutes into the game with Brentford winning 1-0, Uwe Rosler took off a striker and replaced him with a full back playing in midfield. So the reality was that we spent 20 minutes in our own half defending a 1-0 lead. Not entertaining. And not right either. Football although a tribal passion should be entertaining and is likely to be more so with two strikers playing in a home game than with one or none.

    Griffin Park

Walsall 1 Brentford 0


A truly dissapointing day out. Around 350 Bees fans witnessed a rather tame match and saw Bees beaten by an average Walsall side that are favourites for relegation. The reality was that Brentford played the first half like a reserve team having a pre-season friendly in the sun. Little guile and sadly not so much effort nor skill either. Walsall scored somewhat against the run of play around 20 minutes in and then the result was more or less put to bed by a stupid studs-up challenge from Jake Reeves that deservedly got him red carded. The second half was a ¬†better affair. three Brentford substitutions put a little more spice back into the game but no goals came although Bees went close. Positives from the game? a nice ground to watch football in and decent burger. Simon Moore made some good saves but worried me by his failure to catch much opting to punch almost every time. He also spilled a few shots and had some luck that no passing forward was in reach. Harlee Dean was poor and in fact the whole defence did not give evidence that they will be hard to score against. Kevin O’Connor however maybe man of the match.

This is not a reason to panic but the 350 present will have second thoughts about attending any league cup games next season. Let us hope our first choice team next saturday is better.

Brentford 2 Rochdale 0


The best that can be truthfully said for this game was that at least Brentford got 3 points. The game was played on a warm sunny afternoon and other than a superb headed goal 5 minutes from time from Clayton Donaldson, there was little or nothing to admire.

I don’t like criticising other football teams but Rochdale were poor. They were poor in the effort they applied, poor in their technical skills and in fact were the worst footballing side I have seen this season. I lost count of the misplaced passes and shots that went over the stadium roof or straight out of play. The only player who could defend Marcus Holness, went off injured in the second half and had a most peculiar hairstyle , like a sort of gothic cockerel. Nil Points for style. In fact I would be amazed if they escape relegation.

Neither midfield did much all game. In fact there was more movement in the respective technical areas from Uwe Rosler and John Coleman than from their respective teams. This was really a dreadful game of football and one hopes that few neutrals were in attendance. To make matters worse Adam Forshaw went off injured with what he reported on Twitter was a fractured jaw. End of the season for him. Jake Bidwell had another excellent game and one hopes we can sign him.

Uwe Rosler did not announce today that he had a master plan, recent ones include giving 2 goals away to Sheff United and Orient respectively, and blaming Crawley Town for a Brentford loss…..I guess the team was our best team out there. No-one played badly. Richard Lee did not have a save to make all game. The only on target effort from Rochdale was in fact the probable elbow that broke Adam Forshaw’s jaw.

So three points were nice, the cheeseburger at Macdonalds was nice, there was somewhere to park and it was warm. So why grumble. The season for Brentford is clearly over. Surely we cannot get relegated from this position of 50 points, no chance of promotion. Some nondescript games coming along.

Clinton Morrison made his debut for the last 10 minutes and for me contributed to the goal with his movement off the ball. So we honour him with an I phone photo.

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