A last minute Leon header as a league win in a stupid amount of years shows that Charlton Away is not a fixture that brings us many points. But today it was a Happy Valley for up to 1800 Bees (according to the stewards figures) who had a right royal away day.
Unchanged from the taming of the Wolves, we started a bit stiffly, Button to Tarky and hurriedly back, Button launched it loosely back it came, a shot across our bows. Next a ball cut back across our back line from the right wing and Moussa sidefooted wildy from 8 yards with Button almost on his knees. Next a shot from Watt warmed Buttons gloves and another effort from Moussa from 20 had Button across well. Nil nil and Charlton had blown it.
We were getting a grip in the middle, total possession Macca to Judge, to Nico to Woodsy. Our right flank in October has been a bingo bonus from Carsley, Yennaris growing in confidence by the week matched with Woods who looked a real player today, energy and skill. Toumani played the triangles with our maestro Judge who conducted the midfield choir to a brilliant hum today. On 25 Macca out to Judge, who whipped a curling right wing cross, Swift lived up to his name stealing into the area and plonking a header unchallenged past keeper Henderson from eight yards, wallop nil 1 and there was a West London roar in the South stand.
This was the Brentford we love, quick in thought and deed and at times taking the p*ss, pass, pass and pass again Charlton were getting put on the Spit roast and turned. Toumani broke up an attack in his own area, no hoof, he just slalomed past two attackers like a downhill skier skating across the grass to set Judge up. Another counter attack out to the left, Judge pulled across out to Marco who rolled it across to Macca steaming up from the middle, Souness style low he met it, as per Wolves two years back this 30 yard exorcet piled towards the top left hand corner, ping and down off the upright. A goal denied to Macca who bossed it royally in the middle today.
Second half we played neat and tight on the break, Dean imperious as he headed every danger away and cleaned up the moaning Watt. Another breakaway and Macca out to Judge who scampered away to the left, in he cut and curled a right footer high and round Henderson from the edge of the box. 2 nil and the whole stand stood for the Judge who stood and rightly took his acclaim.
The atmosphere was bouncing, top tier and bottom tier in full voice and a token seat being passed around as a party piece and sing song, we were Brentford Fc and loud and proud. Swift was replaced by Kerschbaumer who looks a better player coming on for 30 than starting, Carsley bleeding him in sensibly.
Djuricin ran a good shift but was replaced by Vibe, we were on the break again that man Judge scuttling away on the right rounding his man in his own half, next a 50 yard raking curled ball to the onrunning Vibe who had pulled left. Lasse cut in and then went near post as Henderson went for another, wrongfooted and Lasse had brought 3 points home with a finish from 10 yards. We boomed our appreciation of Lasss-aa-y Veee-b-aa-y. The whistle blew from referee Atwell who was surprisingly good, and the boos for Luzon were drowned out by our cheers as the Charlton Manager walked to his guillotine.
Today was a top top day, our team has clicked into life and Carsley must take the plaudits, he has the team fitter, used common sense for our struggling newbies rotating and protecting and pulled a classy stroke with Yennaris and Woods as our balance on the right. Macca and Judge running the show in the middle and the signing of Swift has added youth and class, whilst our old dogs of Dean, Tarky and Bidwell and Button start to keep the clean sheets.
We had a fine away day, our team is showing its talent and QPR is six days away. Our season has spluttered into life at just the right time and Carsley has control of this team now. Football is all about fine margins they say, but sometimes its about common sense and just hard work and Carsley and the players deserve every pat on the back as they have found a formula that has brought the best out the players and fans in a very short space of time. Roll on Rangers. We are coming for you…..