This game could well turn out to be a very significant in the fate of Brentford Football Club in the 2013/14 season.
Not only was it a first win on the road and an impressive attacking display to put the events of Bradford the week before firmly behind us, but the way in which the victory was secured was all too familiar to a certain game in the previous campaign, coming as it did from a stoppage time penalty.
Another land mark moment came in the return from injury of a certain custodian and as we now know, we don’t have to worry about a thing, with Richard Lee in goal, it’s gonna be alright!
In addition to the change between the sticks, four further alterations were made from the previous week. Martin Taylor, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, came in for his debut. Alan McCormack and Dave replaced Sam Saunders and Martin Fillo. Finally Will Grigg, returned from international duty and replaced Marcello Trotta.
From the first whistle the Bees took the game to their hosts, and it paid dividends on 3 minutes an incisive move involving Will Grigg and Clayton resulted in a shot being blocked only for man-mountain Martin Taylor to bundle home the rebound.
Barely 10 minutes later and the lead was doubled, The Don latched on to another rebound, following a fierce drive which veteran Ian Goodison could only clear to the big number 9’s feet, he duly applied the finishing touch.
Pandemonium in the away end ensued, the delight on the loyal supporters faces was only surpassed by the broad grin on Claytons.
Worryingly the team seemed to take their foot off the gas after going 2 up. As the half progressed the home team started to get a foothold in the game forcing corners and half chances. Shortly before the interval they got their rewards, collectively the back four seemed to switch off allowing midfielder Atkinson to slot narrowly past Rich’s reach.
Those who had been to the televised game at Huddersfield a few seasons back could be forgiven for sensing de ja vu all over again. We’d been so much in control and yet gifted an opposing side a way back by being caught napping.
Indeed 10 minutes into the second half more suspect defending and carelessness came to cost us. A shot came from the edge of the area which the returning keeper managed to palm away but the on rushing Tranmere striker got to the follow up for a simple tap in, which he celebrated as if he’d scored the goal of the season, bless they don’t get many goals!
Being pegged back shocked the Bees back into action, with the introduction of Martin Fillo creative Czech replacing the tough tackling McCormack.
The change injected some much needed flair and pace into the middle and within 10 minutes a move, involving Fillo ended with the ball finding Shay, having his customary sublime game, and the young Manc fired a pin point cross aka ‘buffet ball’ for Clayton to help himself to his 2nd and his teams 3rd of an enthralling game.
It seemed as if it was going to be our day, so much so that Will Grigg was withdrawn on 87 minutes to give Marcello a cameo role. However, someone once said football is a funny old game and things are rarely the way they seem.
Perhaps sensing victory in the 1st of 4 added minutes the defence had once again gone walkabout, allowing substitute Stockton to smash in an unmarked volley from point blank, somehow it was all square again at 3-3, heading for a point a piece surely that was the end of the drama and goals. Wrong!
In the 93rd minute a hopeful punt into the area and some neat chest control resulted in a home team defender handling leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot.
The saying goes that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but here we were again, stoppage time, level a game was ours for the taking, time for Marcello Trotta to achieve closure? Not today, but that time will surely come.
This time the spot kick was awarded on Merseyside, so who better than Adam Forshaw, Merseyside born and bred to step up and strike the final and decisive blow. 4-3 and wild scenes in the away end born out of relief and delight.
At the final whistle 500 or so Bees fans stood and sang the name of their victorious team. As ‘clap, clap, clap, clap BRENTFORD’ rang out from the travelling support, Uwe and his squad applauded and acknowledged the fans. Richard Lee even bowed to us in a Bill and Ted ‘We are not worthy’ stylee.
There is no doubt that when Jake Bidwell, Dougie and Rich are all fully match fit we will be a force to be reckoned with. Let the good times roll.
Chant of the game “Don’t worry, About a thing, With Richard Lee in goal, Its gonna be alright” #beelieve Chris Horricks