ROTHERHAM UNITED 2 BRENTFORD 4

Stewart Purvis was one of the 606 Bees fans who had an unusually good day out in Rotherham.

 

Passengers on the last London train out of Rotherham on Saturday night looked somewhat startled as ‘We Won Away’ echoed through the carriages. It was explained to them that this was indeed an unusual event, in fact the very first time this season that Brentford supporters had cause for a celebration after an away day -283 days since the last one- a whole three points not to mention four goals scored away.

If anybody had dared point out that it was only against Rotherham- beaten five-one at Brentford in their first game up from League One- they would have been reminded that before this game the Millers’ record of just two home league defeats was the joint lowest in the Championship. 

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BRENTFORD 3 STOKE CITY 1

 

Stewart Purvis was among the fans and the scouts who saw the Bees at their best.

Almost five months to the day Brentford went to Stoke, outclassed them but only got a draw. This weekend they didn’t just go one better but a whole lot better, totally demolishing a team that were once favourites for promotion and who fielded no fewer than ten players with extensive Premiership experience.

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BRENTFORD 1 OXFORD UNITED 0

At Griffin Park Stewart Purvis has a vision of a frightening future which he hopes will never happen.

If you woke up the morning after this transfer window closes and found your worse nightmares had come true and Brentford had sold Chris Mepham, Romaine Sawyers and Neal Maupay you might wonder how what was left of the squad would get on? For 68 minutes this weekend we had the chance to find out. As Premiership and Championship managers and coaches are now prone to do when drawn against lower league opponents in the FA Cup, Thomas Frank rested some key players against Oxford United from the relegation zone of League One .

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BRENTFORD 1 NORWICH CITY 1

 

Bill Hagerty sees the Bees maintain a proud Bank Holiday record while putting the frighteners on Championship high flyers Norwich 

 

What a difference a New Year’s Day makes. Having never been beaten in a League match at Griffin Park when played on this date, Brentford produced a first-half performance as good as any seen this season. Norwich, perched in second place in the league table, were bamboozled. Any unbiased stranger would have been convinced that the home side, rather than the visitors, might be bound for the Premiership.

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BIRMINGHAM CITY 0 BRENTFORD 0

Donald Kerr reports on how Brentford’s defence proved once and for all they are not a soft touch as they come away from St Andrews with a clean sheet.

 

If ever there was a game of two halves, this was it. At his Thursday press conference, Thomas Frank had forecast a low scoring match in which he expected we would see plenty of the ball, and so it proved for the first 45 minutes, as the home side sat back, didn’t press us to any great extent, and did little to threaten on the few times they broke forward. One can only suppose that Garry Monk had a few stern words in the dressing room at half time as they came out fighting in the second half, both figuratively and on several occasions, physically too. 

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BRISTOL CITY 1 BRENTFORD 1

Donald Kerr takes heart from a trip to Bristol where the Bees ‘got their mojo back’.

 

Were there any of the 500 plus fans travelling to the game at Ashton Gate not wondering whether the Bees had turned a corner with the win against Bolton, or was it, like the draw at the Hawthorns, just another false dawn? As they travelled home, the majority would have taken great heart from the intervening 93 minutes, as Brentford produced a much better performance than for several weeks. 

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BRENTFORD 1 BOLTON WANDERERS 0

 Bill Hagerty cheers Brentford’s first win in seven outings but worries that a poor Bolton side should have been despatched more clinically

 

The tension could almost be seen slipping from the shoulders of Thomas Frank. Following the final whistle he visited the Bees’ fans at the Ealing Roadend before accepting backslaps and handshakes from grateful punters in the Paddock. A win at long last and one could only assume from a finger repeatedly pointing down at the pitch that he was announcing, ‘I’m staying right here.’

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HULL CITY 2 BRENTFORD O

Stewart Purvis huddled into a corner of the KCOM stadium with other Bees fans to see yet another Brentford away defeat.

 

A severe weather warning had been issued with snow expected in the Hull area, Brentford were on a winless away run that went back eight months, many fans including the leaders of the faithful Beesotted crew had decided that an away day to East Yorkshire a fortnight before Christmas was one they could miss. The forecast was not good for the Bees football or weatherwise. Well it didn’t snow but just about everything else that was predicted happened.The fans who trekked in the rain from the city centre to a windswept stadium were prepared for more disappointment and that’s exactly what they got.

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BRENTFORD 2 SWANSEA CITY 3

Bill Hagerty witnesses Christmas arriving early as Bees gifts let Swansea snaffle the points

 

Had Swansea realised that Santa was going to pay a premature visit to Griffin Park and bestow gifts solely on the visitors, they might have put out a couple of mince pies and a glass of milk for the old fellow. Not that he was unaided in a match that saw Swansea score three times in the first half-hour. Conspiring with him in dispensing one-way largesse was a Brentford defence that from the kick-off appeared so convinced the holidays were already upon us it’s a wonder they didn’t sing a verse or two of Jingle Bells.

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WBA 1 BRENTFORD 1

Stewart Purvis was in the away end at the Hawthorns to see something special happen there at 90 minutes.

 

Yes it was “daylight robbery’, a ‘steal’ and a ‘smash and grab raid’ after a ‘one sided match’, but just for once it was our daylight robbery, our steal that got away with a point after a match when we definitely weren’t the side that was in charge.

And it could, just could, give Brentford the momentum to fight their way out of a terrible run of form.

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