There was a nervous twitch in the pre match murmurs, a six pointer in mid October between two of the bottom four, don’t be ridiculous, but as both the Bees and Rov’rum looked over their shoulders, the trap door to the League 1 backwaters were a little too close for comfort even after 10 games.
Head Coach Carsley tracksuited, bald pate glistening off our new go brighter floodlights on this grey October day was pitted against Rov’rum’s 1980’s Man from C&A Neil Redfearn in a virtual game of The Apprentice for Football Coaches.
Carsley plumped for his own style of midfield, Woods, Swift, Macca and Judge, the fact Toumani, Vibe and Kerschbaumer were all benched told us all we needed to know how Lee saw training this week.
Within a minute from the off, Nico Yennaris scooted down the right, a cross was pinged back across the area not a head on it and back it bounced to Judge on the edge of the area who went to lump it towards the Wendy House on the volley but adjusted and sidefooted a delicious chip that hung in the air and sailed over Camp into the top right hand corner. 1 nil a minute gone and Judge slid on his knees and Rov’rum were on thiers!
Canos was left off the leash from the start, he ran like one of the kids in the Scooby Doo gang but his talent is undoubted, ball at feet, he rode tackles and nutmegged defenders, without him Brentford are a duller side. Swift, twinkletoed with a mazy run past three men into the area, sidefooted it back and put it on a plate for Marco, Djuricin shanked it and was thwarted. Marco had a all round Saturday to forget.
Rov’rum pressed, left winger White teased and had a good battle with Yennaris, Nico has been Griffin Park’s unlovable brother in this Brentford band with his how I once played for Arsenal swagger and Jonah appearances, but he warmed New Road with a bit of aerial fight and honest get stuck in son stuff. Button saved well from a header whilst Derbyshire and Clarke Harris up front fell over like pantomime dames. Harlee disgust was plain to see.
Woods got the play moving, his fidgety style worked well in the first half, but a minute after the break Mattock the left back brushed Canos aside and motored on and launched a rocket of a shot on the bouncing ball from 20 yards past the flailing Button into the top left hand corner. 1-1 and out of nowhere it was game on.
But the Bees responded, Woods floated a ball towards Macca but it missed its target and Bidwell steamed on to it, he volleyed it across the area at pace, Djuricin missed with his head but the flying Judge didn’t, a header into the top corner that Camp could only palm in. 2-1 and our little Irishman had stepped up to the plate, no sloped shoulders today, instead he carried the team on them.
Canos cramped up and was replaced by Gogia who showed little, Marco by Hoff who showed even less, no time on the ball and plenty eating grass grazing or second best and Swift by Toumani who picked up a yellow as did Macca after Ref Williamson lost patience with his final fourth warning as the Bees started to flag. A fine paw away save from Button from Collins free header from a free kick as we creaked. But the ref blew after six extra and we had the points.
It was an ugly win but who cares, these points may prove the difference come May. Carsley has his first win, but Rov’rum will feel like we were the ones who got away today. We were ok, no more no less, we are always ok when we win, but the winter looks a long one and we’d better be ready. Football over the last few years has been on a fantasy level, this season will be gritty and real, time for us all to adjust and get stuck in