Mick C’s Big Match Report – Brentford 2-1 Nottm Forest

It was one of those spinetingling days, if the alcohol didn’t numb the senses pre match then the first day of winter at GP did as the biting wind showed a bit more teeth first half than the Bees did as Forest controlled the first 45.
The tastefully named left winger No.15, Ryan Mendes de Graca toyed with Nico, he was young and talented but fortunately casual and wasteful. Oliveira twisted and shot from 20 yards to warm Buttons gloves. Two weeks since we played and it showed, we spluttered, slow in tip and tap and sloppy in possession, it was classic ropey one touch stuff, one touch for us, one touch for them.Macca and Nico struggled, Swift drifted and snoozed whilst only the flame haired Woods and Judge buzzed and tried to kick start our midfield. Judge a bullet attempt from 20 yards bounced off the hoardings, Button a low shot stopped, our keepers a good ‘un. Vibe was surrounded by yellow shirts. Lasse was way out of his depth, Carsley a man of few words tucked into Vibe, a little more effort demanded, Vibe shrugged, he’s no lone ranger up front, on today’s showing he wasn’t much of a Tonto either.

A ball drifted out of play towards the dugouts, Carsley a man of no mood and little emotion launched it 50 yards to the Wendy House. The Forest players looked at him blankly, it stated everything you needed to know about his thoughts of our showing.

Second half no oranges given during the break, Carsley and Williams had used cattle prods as the Bees went up two gears, Toumani a soft shoe shuffle to fool three that produce Aaahhs’ and Swift drifted out of obscurity and rifled in a right footed 20 yarder that De Vries parried to his left. The crowd found their voices C’mon Brentford!

On the hour, a double substitution from Carsley, on came Sergi and the Hoff for Swift and Vibe. Canos like an excited puppy let off the leash crashed into a Forest player and got up and chased the ball like it was dinner. The New Road roared. within two minutes a cross back in from Judge reached Canos a chest down and he shot home from 8 yards through the sea of yellow shirts. 1 nil and against the rub the Bees and Sergi had his first goal. Off and running he headed towards Kew Bridge, only to be stopped and mobbed by his team mates.

Another good save from Button from Oliveria’s header after he had gone walkabout in his area and his Cryuff turn had turned into a Chubby Checker twist confused him more than the attacker as he shanked it upfield in panic. Then Dean in possession halfway in our half, a heavy touch and a committed Harlee claim, Referee Piggy Malone blows for a foul, Harlees’ holds onto the ball that he won to show the ref, No.20 Williams goes for the snatch and grab and Dean swats him away like an irritant fly. Forest’s sub falls like he’s being clothes lined. Williams munched grass and Harlee red mist is matched by the card shown and heads reluctantly for the tunnel with a helpful shove from Tarky.

Within a minute Toumani fails to clear the pinballing half cleared free kick and Lansbury sidefoots into Buttons right hand corner from 18 yards. 1-1, 20 to go and we take a standing count. O’Connell on for Judge to shore us up and Forest go for the win but so do we. Tarky heads a free kick against a post for a grandstand finish.

Then a cool Toumani slide rule pass, Woods beats his man, a shot from 12 yards De Vries parries out, the Hoff volleyed it into the ground up off a defender and the Forest keeper De Vries lives up to his name as he Dorus’ it up on to his defender behind him who knees it into the roof of the net. Bedlam 2-1, game won in the 95th minute as a Brentford bundle of all 9 players in front of the Ealing Road ensues. Button makes it 70 yards before he retreats with the ball beckoning the Forest drama queen Williams to come fetch, two Forest players chase before he launches the ball into the Braemar Stand.

Whistle blown and the police look for Carsley on suspicion of the theft of three points as Dougie Freedman looked to the heavens knowing playing Brentford these days is a step nearer your P45. Carsley won the game with two top substitutions, Lee doesn’t do press conferences very well, but he can read a game better than most. It is probable Professor Pep arrives this week and inherits a side that he can do things with and go places with and for that, he and we should be thankful for Lee Carsley, the reluctant man with the midas touch who steps back into the shadows but with the knowledge this his cameo appearance as the man who couldn’t say no has saved our season.