QPR 0-2 Brentford
Words won’t do this performance or occasion justice, it may have looked great on TV but It was on another level live at Loftus Road.
This was by far and away the best performance I have seen since we have been in the championship. To do it just 6 days after the damp squib of our 4000th League match, away from home and in our bitter rivals backyard was just amazing.
From the first to 98th minute we fought like lions, battled for the ball, defended manfully, broke with pace and real goal threat every time we pushed forward. It was the sort of occasion that made you proud to be a Brentford fan but more than that it seemed to unite everyone behind the club. This wasn’t just a local derby, it was about tradition, history, rivalry that has gone on since the infamous failed takeover of 1967. From the off, thee Bees seemed to get what was at stake as they came racing out of the trap and tore into a shaky R’s rearguard.
Time after time our midfield broke up their play and launched attack after attack. The fact it took until the 42nd minute to score said more about their luck than our play. The impressive Nico was involved all over the pitch and was aided by a revitalised McEachran, inspired Woods and Sawyers playing to his full potential.
Josh Clarke had the beating of their full back all game and when were did have to defend, Colin, Bjelland, Dean and the towering Egan held as firm as any defence could be.
Clarke, jinked his way through the Rangers box to finish with aplomb. 0-1 HT
The 2nd half started in much the same way as the Bees continued to attack. However, as the game settled, QPR had their best spell with lots of possession and a few chances. Bentley and Egan saving us a couple of times. The impressive Harlee Dean was a man mountain, winning all his aerial battles and relishing the physical challenges.
A swift break down the right saw a nice interchange between Nico and Clarke with the ball being rolled invitingly into the path off the on running Sawyers. a neat, left foot finish made it a well deserved 2-0
These Brentford heroes would have made the real heroes we remembered before the game proud tonight. West London is ours!!
Bentley 8: Solid, reassuring and confident. Best Championship keeper in West London!
Colin 8: Brilliant tonight, both defending and in attack.
Bjelland 8: A man mountain, used all his experience to great effect, calm throughout.
Dean 9: Captained the side really well, looked like he was 6 inches taller tonight, won everything he went in for.
Egan 9: What a signing this boy was!!. Irish international call up a certainty. Comfortable in possession and great in the air. Could go onto big things in the future.
Clarke 9: MOM in most peoples eyes, pacy direct and super finish. Constant threat.
McEachran 8: His best game in a Bees shirt, can now see what others have seen in him. Needs to maintain this form.
Woods 8: Didn’t stand out tonight although he played really well, it was a case of the others playing to his standard. The ginger Pirlo must stay at GP…
Nico 8: Tremendous engine and appetite for the game, non-stop midfield dynamo.
Sawyers 8: What a performance and super strike to seal the win. More of the same please Romainne and you will become a legend…
Hogan 8: Battled well and made some good runs, finishing a tad off and caught offside once or twice too often.
McCloud for Josh….Ouch, looked bad
Kaikai for McCloud…steady and forthright.
KK for Clarke…Only on for 8 mins but could have scored 2!
Dean Smith 9: Top man and got it absolutely right tonight. Deserves all the praise from the 2542 super bees fans.
Just a word on the stewarding and a big thanks to all for the friendly banter and goodwill. Well done QPR.
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