Boys to Men
Uwe Rosler's young Bees side conjured up a masterful performance yesterday to beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Griffin Park.
Rosler was quick to point out after the game that the average age of his starting XI yesterday was 22 - but their performance was that of assured experienced professionals.
With no fewer than three defensive midfielders unavailable - Kev and Adeyemi injured and Douglas suspended - Rosler gave loanee Rob Kiernan the nod in front of the defence and the Wigan youngster started the move that led to our third minute opener. His third minuted dinked pass was crossed early by Diagouraga and Clayton popped up with another goal
The Blades battled back a bit and Simon Moore produced a great flying save from a header before the defining moment of the game. Harry Forrester turned sharply in midfield and whilst the applause for his turn was still rippling through the crowd crashed a howitzer home from distance to double Brentford's lead.
In the second half, United upped their game once more but Brentford's defence held incredibly firm. Moore made another couple of great saves and a shot was cleared off the line with the away support already throwing their whippets into the air in celebration. Sit down, Shut up.
Brentford had chances too - debutant Marcello Trotta had a goal disallowed for offside after Harlee Dean decided to go on one of his attacking runs whilst sub Paul Hayes scuffed a fairly weak shot from a great position.
At the final whistle Rosler approached the Ealing Road to bow in praise of the support - there was a great atmosphere at Griffin Park yesterday.
Forrester and Moore were absolutely flawless throughout whilst Dave had an immense first half and the defence were solid again. The debutants all slotted in like they'd been with us for years and every Brentford player looked comfortable in possession. Credit again to the marauding fullbacks for joining the attack without letting their defensive guard down. It's a pleasure to watch.
United are a good side and will be in the mix come May. They might have been more effective in midfield if they hadn't made the strange decision to get Michael Doyle to man mark the referee throughout.
Another great day at Griffin Park with the distinct promise of more to come.
Bees - Moore, Logan, Bidwell, Craig, Dean, Forrester (Saunders), Dave, Kiernan (Hayes), Forshaw, Donaldson, Trotta (Hodson)
Unused Bees - Lee, Barron, Dallas, Oyeleke