Uwe calls the tune
Brentford beat 12 man Carlisle 2-1 in front of a decent crowd of 6763 at Griffin Park yesterday.
The Bees weren't at their best in the first half but a pep talk and tactical rethink by Uwe Rosler at half time inspired them to a much improved performance after the break.
Rosler had recalled Simon Moore in place of Richard Lee in goal and his faith in the youngster was rewarded with a couple of vital stops, including a second half penalty save.
Carlisle looked to zip the ball about the pitch when in possession but were extremely reliant on 12th man Andrew Davies to break up the Bees play with a succession of baffling decisions. Truly inept stuff from the slaphead in yellow.
Brentford had taken the lead slightly against the run of play when Jonathan Douglas popped up at the far post to volley home an Adam Forshaw corner. Their lead lasted just six minutes however when Harlee Dean lost possession and the repugnant Joe Garner swivelled smartly and crashed the ball home. A decent finish from the whinging frontman in fairness
Shortly before half-time Moore made his first game defining stop, seeing a howitzer of a strike very late and batting it away from goal with both hands.
After the interval Brentford returned to recent passing form but with what appeared to be a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Paul Hayes at the tip. Adam Forshaw was pulled into a more central position and upped his game whilst Douglas and Diagouraga took further control of the centre of the park.
Clayton Donaldson - who was full of running and trickery - gave the visitors a couple of warning shots with a brace of crisp curling efforts that sailed narrowly wide and a misjudged powered header from close range before the Bees took the lead through Hayes. His shot from close range looked like a complete mishit to those around me but sod it, he was in the right place and the ball went into the net. Cue massive celebrations from a crowd increasingly bristled by the referee who then decided to ignore a blatant Carlisle handball from a Dean header.
Carlisle then had a golden opportunity to level the game when Tony Craig clattered his man in the box but Moore stood firm to deny Garner's penalty.
The Bees saw out the game with Donaldson, Saunders and Logan holding the ball in the corner for about four minutes. Brilliant stuff when it works - yesterday it did.
Brentford now travel to Preston on the back of a pair of league wins. The bench looked a bit short of cover yesterday so we wouldn't be surprised to see Uwe dip into the loan market for a defender and a striker this week.
News broke after the game that Kevin O'Connor is likely to miss the rest of the season due to his midweek injury. Good luck Kev.
Bees - Moore, Logan, Bidwell, Dean, Craig, Diagouraga, Douglas, Forshaw (Saunders), Forrester (Barron), Hayes, Donaldson
Unused Bees - Lee, Dallas, German, Oyeleke, Pierre