Date:Sunday April 22 2012
Brentford yesterday ended their unbeaten run as our play off hopes all but died at Stevenage.
The large travelling Bees support had been lifted prior to the game with Notts County slumping to defeat at Bury aided by a brace from Mike Grella.
Sadly, in traditional Brentford style, we threw away our own destiny by missing TWO penalties with the game scoreless.
The first penalty was given when Morrison was bundled over - unfortunately Clayton Donaldson lifted the spot kick onto the crossbar.
Donaldson partially recovered some dignity by winning the second penalty - which Sam Saunders stepped forward to take following a debate with Morrison. Saunders also missed the target - his curler hitting the post.
To add insult to injury Stevenage raced up the other end of the pitch and scored their first goal past Simon Moore - in for the injured Richard Lee.
Within eight minutes it was game over - Adam Thompson was robbed of the ball by Luke Freeman who let fly from 25 yards. 2-0 Stevenage.
Uwe replaced the out of sorts Karleigh Osborne with Leon Legge, sending the giant defender up front to battle with Stevenage's own mammoth defenders.
The late addition of Harry Forrester (who apparently has been struggling with a recurring injury) added some guile to proceedings. Harry was eventually chopped down on the edge of the box and Saunders popped home the resultant free kick. 2-1 but sadly too little too late.
Saunders looked gutted at the final whistle and came over to apologise to the Bees supporters for his missed penalty. He seems to have grown as a man over the course of the season and his goal contribution from midfield has been impressive.
Another player to deserve some praise yesterday is Jonathan Douglas who took a yellow card for the team in upending one of their less pleasant players who was on the counter attack. He's perhaps not the midfield warrior we all hoped for but has played a crucial part in many of our better performances.
We were not out-thought at Stevenage but we were probably out-fought. Uwe talked at the fans forum about the need for more experience next season. I'd hope the addition of bottle and bite are also on his list, as well as the striker we have lacked all season.
Still, we've got the chance to upset Sheffield Wednesday's promotion push next Saturday at Griffin Park in an all ticket encounter. Our own season, however, is basically over after another opportunity missed.
Bees - Moore, Bidwell, Thompson (Forrester), Osborne (Legge), Dean, Saunders, Logan, Douglas, Dave, Morrison, Donaldson
Unused Bees - Pim, Bean, McGinn
Date:Sunday April 22 2012
Brentford need a bigger singing section at Wembley (Wednesday May 8 2013)
Mac scores two as Bees win away (Tuesday March 30 2010)
Three all thriller at Colchester (Tuesday March 23 2010)
Mac strike seals three points (Saturday March 20 2010)
Bees 3 Subhuman Scum 3 (Saturday March 13 2010)
Brentford 4 Caravan Club 0 (Saturday February 6 2010)
Leon levels it (Wednesday January 27 2010)
Brentford beaten by canny Canaries (Saturday January 23 2010)
Late goal sinks Bees [updated] (Tuesday January 19 2010)
Myles better than Carlisle (Saturday January 16 2010)
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