The Bees showed some of the bouncebackabilty that has become synonymous with Brentford during Uwe’s reign as manager, and in doing so inflicted Coventry’s first defeat as tenants at Sixfields
The saying goes, form is temporary, class is permanent. This is certainly the case as relates to the midfield department, for the first 20 minutes passes from the back were often played long for Clayton and Will to chase, the majority of the time dealt with by the Coventry midfield, who then proceeded to mount attacks of their own.
One such counter attack lead to a glaring opportunity presenting itself for the ‘home’ side to take the lead when a fizzed ball through the middle of the penalty box only to evade everyone and go for a throw in.
This was followed a few minutes later by a cross which found a sky blue shirt, only to see one of the tamest shots you’re likely to see, easily dealt with by Richard Lee, in the 3rd game of his return from the longest lay off of his career.
On 22 some of the swift interplay we’ve become accustomed to paid dividends after Will Grigg linked up with Shay, to feed Martin Fillo, the crafty Czech Bee chipped an angled through ball to Clayton which with the assistance of a fluff from the sky blue defender left The Don clear to bury the chance low into the net.
This seemed to spur Brentford into life and chances followed to double the advantage before the break, Donaldson would have got his second if not for a strong save at the keepers near post with defenders limiting the target the big number 9 had to aim at.
After the break the trend of the previous 20 minutes continued only for the intensity and tempo to be upped by Uwe’s men, there was only ever going to be one winner once the short pass and move game was reintroduced.
With Adam Forshaw and Dave (which sounds more like a ventriloquist act than a midfield duo) at their sharp best, along with Alan McCormack and Martin Fillo who provided grit and trickery respectively, the latter having legitimate claims of a penalty turned down having been flattened.
Shortly after this Martin made way for Saunders who looked hungry and driven, which lifted the travelling army of away support who had almost sold out the allocated end behind the goal, rather than standing on a hill behind the ground, like some Coventry fans had chosen to do.
It was indeed super sub Sam Saunders who provided the cross for Martin Taylor to powerfully head past the hapless keeper from point blank range to seal the points and send the fans into rapture.
Chances kept coming only to see build up play halted by dubious offside decisions which looked marginal at best. On one occasion when a more centralised direct approach was applied Farid, who had not long since came on for Will Grigg, saw his effort cleared off the line.
When the ref brought the game to its conclusion it was job well done and an impressive result, coupled with a clean sheet which proves that we don’t need to worry, about a thing, with Richard Lee in goal, its gonna be alright.
After all we had stopped a side who had already scored 4 and 5 in their temporary accommodation from getting on the score sheet for the first time this term.
This could well be the start of something but needs to be continued with tricky games coming up. With Jake Bidwell and Dougie both on the verge of fitness their experience and drive can only be beneficial.
As fans we all want the same thing for our club and team, we know the expectations and what the players are capable of but we need to get behind them even if patches of games aren’t going the way we’d like.