Left Side, Ealing Road: Brentford 1-2 Newcastle

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Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Courtesy of the Clash

I wonder if the above has been the mantra of Scott Hogan this week??

With the player seemingly telling the press its up to the club if they accept offers and the club saying he remains at GP until his valuation is met, we as supporters can only guess and wonder what is going on…

Yesterday was a farce and reflecting on the whole sorry affair about this protracted transfer its time to sort it out as a club and notify the fans as to whats going on.

I’m not blaming Hogan, Smith or any individual for yesterday but as a group of people it needs explaining in full. With the Judas Tarkowski incident still fresh in our memories we don’t want to go down that route again.

Most sane people realize there is no longer any loyalty in football so if he wants to leave and play in the Premier League and treble his wages, good luck to him. Yes we did pay his wages for nearly two years when he was out injured but a £15m transfer fee would represent a pretty decent return on that particular investment.


So, with Vibe continuing up front and Bjelland back in the starting line up we took to the field in expectation against a strong Newcastle side albeit missing Shelvey and their African contingent, on cup duty in Gabon.

Within 2 minutes the highly dangerous Dwight Gayle had given us a fright cutting in at ease but shooting just wide. However after 18 minutes, he showed us why he is the divisions top marksman by scoring an all too easy goal…He again picked up the ball on the left touchline but was allowed to travel unchallenged deep into our area before clipping in past Bentley. 0-1 It was his last telling contribution as he was replaced soon after, suffering a minor injury.

Further chances came and went as the Toon blew away our defence in a torrid opening half hour.

To the Bees credit, we finished the half strongly, finally playing a more relaxed, passing game with Josh McEachran outstanding. HT 0-1

Playing towards the away fans (never liked this) in the second period, we again started quite slowly. However, slightly against the run of play we forced an equalizer on 51 mins. Vibe was in the right place to prod home from close range after a melee in the Geordies goalmouth. 1-1

From this point to the 75th minute, we enjoyed out best spell as time and time again we had the ball at our feet in dangerous positions but could neither find the killer pass or produce a touch of magic to break down a tough rearguard. Vibe was the closest , hitting the post and the ball running along/over the line….The fans around me were calling for a substitution long before Jota prepared himself to come on. Newcastle had made all three subs before we made our first, granted they were all injury related. Between the time from Jota taking his track top off and waiting to come on, we fell behind again to a sucker punch.

The impressive Perez played a delightful cross in with the outside of his right boot and Daryl Murphy, Gayle’s replacement, headed home from close range. 1-2

Even Jota couldn’t rally the troops for one final effort but he did look good gliding in from the right and firing in a shot that Toon keeper Darlow pushed away.

Hoff came on for the final 4 + 9 added on minutes. He did appear to have a genuine penalty appeal waved away when his opponent almost ripped the shirt from his back. These decisions almost always seem to favour the so called “Bigger” teams.

Introducing Josh Clarke with a minute to go of the extra 9…What’s that all about Dean??

On reflection, we gave them too much respect yesterday and reacted to the game situation rather than being proactive. It’s time to be more assertive, particularly at home!!!

Bentley 6: Seems lacking in confidence and kicking becoming wayward, did make a sharp save from Gayle though.

Colin 7: Bright spells going forward and energetic but sometimes a little naive defensively. Poor decision making between him and centre halves for Gayle’s opener.

Egan 7: We seem to have decided on the 3-5-1-1 formation now but Egan was better in a flat back four.

Harlee 7: Indecisive on a couple of occasions, letting the ball bounce and being too far away from opposing forwards.

Bjelland 7: Solid most of the time but he is prone to a gaff or two a game, lazy back header to Bentley nearly lead to another goal.

Field 8: He really has stepped up with a panache and an enthusiastic approach to the game. Oh, and he’s one of our own!!

Sawyers 6: Sorry to his loyal little army of fans but this isn’t good enough. He has had 20+ games in the championship now and we seemed to be carrying him for long periods of the game, he needs to get stuck in a lot more.

McEachran 8: I know he made a few mistakes but he was always trying to get on the front foot and find passes to the front players. Should have stayed on longer than Sawyers, as he was more effective.

Woods 6: Played too deep to be a threat to Newcastle, probing and busy but largely bypassed in a congested midfield.

Nico 7: His sort of game, up for all the 50/50 balls and worked tirelessly, a great engine on him too.

Vibe 7: His best performance for a while, had a few one on one chances that might have gone in with a bit more confidence, played more like his old self, scored and so easily could have had a second…Goal line technology anyone?


Jota for McEachran 74mins 7: silky, smooth, glides past defenders with ease, just need to get him fully match fit and watch him go!

Hoffmann for Egan 90mins. Pointless sub in my opinion, needs at least 15 mins on the pitch.

Clarke for Sawyers 94mins. Seemed to be a case of I have 3 subs so I will use 3 subs…We were chasing an equalizer Dean! Not trying to waste 30 secs by slowing things down.

Dean Smith 5: Got to step up now Dean, not your fault about Hogan but game management needs to change. Liven yourself up and give bench players more playing time or show them the door. Its the same 14 players being rotated week in week out.

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