With the whole of League 1 no doubt looking on with interest Uwe’s boys knew they had to produce, and produce they did!
Seemingly the message from Coventry that 1 up front wasn’t enough with Bradley Wright-Phillips joining Clayton on his return to his old stomping ground.
The Bees were buzzing from the first whistle creating numerous openings in the first 10 minutes alone, all of which seemed to result in corners, Crewe, fresh, or not as they case may be, from their Wembley triumph didn’t know what had hit them.
It somehow took until 12 minutes of constant bombardment for the opening goal to come.
On a rare occasion of Crewe getting out of their own half, an attempted attack was broken down as Shay Logan in inspired form, started a run on half way.
Shay fed The Don, before running on to a sublime flick from the big number 9, before proceeding to produce his customary buffet ball from which Wright-Phillips met with a header 8 yards out and promptly dispatched it beyond the despairing dive of the keeper. Shortly after the lead could and maybe should have been doubled, big Tom Adeyemi burst into the box only for the on rushing keeper to make a block and in the process injure himself.
To compound his agony he left the pitch a few minutes later to a chorus of ‘its all your fault’ from the 400 strong traveling red and white army.
Speaking of the Bees faithful, to those who made the trip, I say, well done each and every one of you, you we’re fantastic, funny, cutting, loud, passionate and often deafening, indeed who really does give an expletive deleted about the JPT?
Crewe did have one long range effort which Simon turned round the post, he must’ve been bored or cold or both as it didn’t look to be going in but that was the long and short of the home teams threat in a totally dominant first half showing from a Brentford team playing like the side we the fans, and the players themselves know they are capable of becoming.
After the break we continued to pile on the pressure but with less gusto than in the first half, indeed, shock horror, the home side had an attack which could have resulted in the most undeserved equaliser.
A header arrived at Moore who gathered at the second attempt.
As the half went on it seemed that Uwe thought we’d done enough and with the games coming thick and fast made some substitutions, firstly Dave coming on for the continuingly returning to form Sam Saunders.
Five minutes later Adam Forshaw’s work was done for the night, Lee Hodson replacing the graduate of the Goodison Park School of Excellence.
Another 10 minutes of Bees pressure passed including two near misses from Clayton amongst others.
Then came the telling change, BWP made way for Trotta. Instantly the Italian repaid Uwe’s trust.
Dougie flicked a ball over a Crewe defenders head in a style very similar to that of Gazza against Scotland in Euro 96, before teeing up the Fulham loanee who produced an almost Van Bastenesque finish, he scores when he wants don’t you know. Game over, points in the bag
At the final whistle the scenes in the away end were joyous.
If they are repeated in the last 4 games this could be a very interesting end to what has already been a very impressive season.
We know we’ve been here before and we know its Brentford so anything can, and probably will happen. If we play like we did here we’ll all have cause to #beelieve