Wigan Athletic 0 Brentford 0
Brentford played out a goalless draw at Wigan as the hosts did their utmost to stifle the Bees attacking flair.
Following the international break manager Mark Warburton kept the same team from the convincing 3-1 win over Reading with Andre Gray as the lone central striker.
Unfortunately sections of travelling support voiced their disapproval at Uwe Rosler and Adam Forshaw leaving Griffin Park for pastures new. This is frankly a disgrace, these people need to realise that to footballers and managers the game is their livelihood.
Adam and Uwe both gave their all during their time in TW8, and for this they deserve nothing but respect and admiration for the part they played in transforming the fortunes of Brentford Football Club.
From the first whistle it was clear that The Bees were keen to take the game to their hosts a more direct almost route one approach was taken, possibly mindful that Uwe wouldn’t have expected it from his old employers.
However it was passing movements, that has come to characterise The Bees in the last 10 months that created the golden opportunity for Andre Gray to open the scoring, the increasingly attack minded Dougie played a delightful ball into the path of Gray, who took it in his stride before attempting a chip over Scott Carson in the Latics goal which landed on the roof of the net, instantly bringing back memories of Clayton who often tried to be too clever with similar chances.
Jota and Alex Pritchard played starring role some highly creative and entertaining interplay. As he gets used to the pace of English football Jota could prove highly influential for the remainder of the season and beyond. He looks to go forward at the right moments and gives team mates an option by finding space.
Midfield was controlled by the visitors as the home team sat back and let The Bees play. Scott Carson must have had flash backs to his international career as he was almost caught out of position more than once and came a cropper from the slippery surface on additional instances.
Wigan occasionally broke out of defensive mode but when they did Alan McCormack easily held them at bay. One such attack resulted in the bizarre scenario of a lengthy discussion between the officials over which way a throw in should be awarded despite the referee being closer to the incident than his assistants.
After the break Wigan came into the game, forcing corners and last ditch defending after momentary panic in the Bees back line as attacking runs into the box came thick and fast. David Button looked calm and composed between the sticks taking crosses cleanly and even his much maligned kicking was better than in other games.
After a shaky opening the last 20 saw three guilt edge chances created by Warburton’s men. Jota darted into the box only to see his stinging curling shot turned away by a highly impressive save from Carson. Alan Judge then lofted a stunning ball to Dougie who will consider himself unfortunate to have found the side netting with an angled attempt.
Substitute Toumani Diagouraga had the best chance of the closing stages when he elected to shoot instead of picking out fellow sub Big Nick when the Giant German was unmarked, Dave has never been prolific and his finish showed why.
Neither side could find a winner in 4 minutes added on, the final whistle saw both sides forced to settle for a share of the spoils. Mark Warburton will probably be the more satisfied with the draw, and Uwe will say the game went according to his plan.
Sheffield Wednesday visit GP next which is a very winnable game, then comes a tricky looking trip to Neil Lennon’s Bolton. At the quarter mark of the season it seems that Brentford Football Club are adapting very quickly and impressively to life in the second tier, there have been mistakes and heavy defeats but that is to be expected with such an attack minded style mixed with a young team.
It’s all about progress and that is being made. Long may it continue. Come on you Bees
By Chris Horricks