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Brentford 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Tonight was a free hit. Brentford have been rolling over teams and for my pound, deserve promotion. Yet to be ahead for more than an hour and lose to a penalty and what looked an own goal to me is pretty sickening. The facts of the matter are though Brentford are a very impressive side and we were becoming more and more under the cosh before they won their penalty.

Bow made several changes, perhaps with an eye to Saturday, but it was good to see Jonny Williams back, and I thought he, Sam Field, Jake Forster-Caskey and Alfie Doughty all played admirably.

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Sting operation

For once the results went for us this weekend to help with the rehabilitation of Friday night. Those pub beers didn’t taste quite as good Saturday did they, but Bow’s boys and us haven’t got time to dwell. Game five is Tuesday.

Undoubtedly one of the hardest games of the lot. Brentford have been on fire since resumption and by popular notion the best team we have played this season. West Brom helping us out today still keep the Baggies a little bit out of sight for the Bees but amongst all the teams chasing a Play-Off place they have looked easily the most impressive.

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Oh no, not Taylor

Sick to my stomach. That is how I felt this morning when I woke up and saw all the Lyle Taylor transfer stuff online. Even ratified by journo sage Rich Cawley.

Brentford are flush and in the market for a striker after selling Neil Maupay to Brighton for £20m, and Middlesbrough, well they can’t believe how easy it is to take sweets from a senile old football club murderer.

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2019/20 The Championship Preview – Part One

After three dark seasons in League One we are back in The Championship, and although I don’t think any of us are under any illusions how hard it’s going to be, it feels good doesn’t it? We’ve spent the majority of our history in the 2nd tier, this will be our 46th season and we hope and support Lee Bowyer to continue us on this journey.

The Championship is stuffed full of clubs who ‘used to be’ with large parachute payments, and those that ‘want to be,’ clubs with lofty ambitions and budgets. Then there are also many ‘that can be.’ Sheffield United the last to prove that with a good manager, stability, a team ethos, great supporters and importantly a plan then the Premier League is not just a dream.

Over a few posts I’m going to attempt to look at our opponents in this season’s EFL Championship, and will do so in alphabetical order.

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Brentford??

Well, that was my initial reaction, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense to me if I was Ezri Konsa. I suspect there was no real Premier League interest, at least those willing to meet an asking price or a timing. So Ezri, unlike many young ambitious footballers, decides that the next step on the ladder is a move up to somewhere he can be a regular, stay in London and be in a more populous shop window.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Brentford 3

A second 0-3 home defeat in a week as Lee Carsley like Simon Grayson on Tuesday comfortably picked a team short in confidence and backbone apart. It was to be Guy Luzon’s 33rd and last league game in charge of the Addicks

Understandably Luzon gambled and threw back in 90% fit Mackienok plus Jacko, Gudmundsson and Henderson and although Diarra was missing through suspension it was the strongest team we had available with Reza and Moussa on the bench. Only Kashi and Igor were sidelined and the fact that we were well beaten says about everything we need to know.
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Good Evans

In a week when Jurgen Klopp joined the Premier League circus, a better act than Brendan Rodgers I agree, slightly less column inches were given to Rotherham, who appointed ex-Addick Neil Redfearn as the Millers replacement for Steve Evans.

As a player Redfearn specialized in relegation, but did pretty well in routine trying circumstances at Elland Road. He had already proved himself at academy level and as first team coach before being handed the first team chalice under Massimo Cellino. It went sour for the lifelong Leeds fan and he now finds himself up the road at Rotherham.
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The Championship 15/16 preview – part I

Part I of my annual pre-season peak at our Championship rivals. Their signings, their manager, their hopes, their handicaps.

The Championship is one of the most competitive and unforgiving leagues in Europe, and picking winners and losers is almost impossible but the bookies have had a crack and I will use their sticking a tail on a donkey theory as my guide.

I will start at the top, and will begin with the 6 teams that the bookmakers think will have the best chance of promotion.
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Brentford 1 Charlton Athletic 1

I would happily have taken a point beforehand, and the opening half-hour was as I envisaged it with the Bees full of confidence and vigour and us, with 7 new signings, trying to find our feet.

Therefore I was pleased that we took a hold of the game late in the 1st half and then from what I heard and obtained from those there, we played very well in the 2nd half, but of course in true Charlton style were left hanging on at the death.

I was after substance today and I think we got that from Peeters side, who obviously sent them out with a plan after half-time. We had the added bonus of an impressive display from Igor Vetokele as well as Johan Berg Gudmundsson. An extra bonus was Solly slotting into his right back spot and being the majorities man of the match. In front of Roy Hodgson too!
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When Saturday comes

Almost there then, on Saturday afternoon 1,600 Addicks will be at Griffin Park, presumably a fair few after a pint in one, if not all of the pubs on the corners of the ground. A new era begins with a strange mix of optimism and foreboding being felt amongst Addicks in every corner of the world.

Addicks are still very torn on the direction of the football club, and there was fair amount of complaints about the family fun day on Sunday, which sadly true to form sounded like an PR cock up.

There are, however, many developments to be pleased about and not a lot we can do, or the owner wants us involved in, in some of the affairs we are not.
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Ignorance

Charlton Athletic 0 Brentford 1
I was ignorant to what was happening at The Valley on Saturday and frankly, I wish I still was. I did manage to switch my phone on as we rushed to get our Chicago connection at Miami just around the 88th minute of the game. Timing is everything.

I was very disappointed to see the starting line up. Too many out of form players, although Francis was dropped but there was not enough adventure or hope in the team. The top 6 is way beyond us now and spectacularly those chasing promotion all appear at the top of the form table whereas us and Oldham are stranded at rock bottom. Thank heavens for those first four, some would say fortunate, wins under Powell.
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No Wembley Way

Brentford 0 Charlton Athletic 0 (Brentford win 3-1 on pens)
We’re not very good are we? Throughout the 90 minutes we were always second best and I thought it a very disjointed performance with too many passes going astray preventing any type of momentum. Watching us is certainly not pretty and the 900 Addicks behind one of the goals deserved better.

Penalties are always a farce of course, but if you miss three of your four kicks then you get what you deserve. Strange however with Dailly lined up for the 5th that neither Benson nor Anyinsah didn’t fancy it.

Fortunately I missed the penalties as I was on the nursery run tonight and instead followed the finale on Twitter whilst driving along the narrow and windy Bermuda roads home. Brentford certainly finished the stronger and I don’t expect for a minute extra time bringing a different outcome.

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Bothered?

Back on the front line tonight and in front of the camera’s to boot. Sky Sports 1 show our JPT cup game at 7.45, which is 3.45 here. Despite this and the desperate result on Sunday close to a 1,000 Addicks are expected to frequent one of Griffin Park’s four pubs and may even be bothered to stand behind the goal in the cold later.

18-year old Carl Jenkinson maybe given a start. Parky you would have thought will remember how Myles Weston gave Simon Francis the runaround in the league defeat earlier in the season. I remember and I wasn’t even there. Abbott and Martin may get the nod up front and captain Dailly makes a welcome return from suspension.

Of course we have now reached the stage of the competition where defeat will be met by disappointment, unlike any of the previous rounds. Although I remember very well not being that bothered when we played Norwich in the semi-finals of the Full Members Cup in 1987 at Sellout. In fact after going 1-0 down in the 89th minute, I’ll be surprised if more than 3,000 odd fans witnessed the extra-time victory. Here’s hoping for as much excitement tonight. Come on you reds.

Buzz off

Brentford 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Well I’m kind of getting into my 3rd Division mojo, I reckon we could be living down here for a few years yet. Days like today do nothing to prove to me that Phil Parkinson has what it takes to get us out of this division.

It doesn’t matter what your ambitions are, but not beating the bottom team three times in a matter of a few weeks is not inspiring.

I really thought after Benson’s late winner on Tuesday that today with the benefit of a short trip and good backing we wouldn’t only win but win well. The first half performance by all accounts was nothing short of abysmal.

10 games in (12 including cups) and we have yet to play well this season but implausibly still find ourselves a point off the play-off places. This is a poor division and we belong in it.

Addicks deserving of at least a beer in each one of Griffin Park’s pubs: Drinking During the Game; Doctor Kish.
CA fact: We have now not won at Griffin Park since 1980.