18th August 2009
Brentford chalked up another three points last night with a decent victory over Norwich in front of their new manager Paul Lambert.
In truth Norwich had better pressure during the first half. They are a tall and stocky team and used their size advantage to good effect as Brentford's passing game stuttered.
Many feared the worst as skipper Alan Bennett was forced to leave the pitch through injury but in truth the impressive Mark Phillips and substitute Karleigh Osborne were sound throughout.
After the break the structure of the game changed as Brentford played some fluent football which left their opponents chasing shadows.
The first goal came from a much maligned source - a David Hunt long throw - which was capitalised on by Ryan Dickson arriving at pace.
Brentford's advantage was doubled when one of the identikit Norwich lumps handled on the edge of the box and Hunt drilled home the resultant free kick.
Brentford then dominated for a bit as Norwich fell to pieces and made several basic errors (silencing their own impressive 1800 away supporters) before shaking themselves into action with an equaliser from a deflected free kick in stoppage time.
Positives from the game included some strong leadership from Mark Phillips (who Scott admitted to 'giving a rocket' at half time) and (whisper it) an improved performance from Carl Cort who held the ball better and won a number of headers. The attacking play of fullbacks Dickson and Foster was another plus.
Bees - Price, Foster, Dickson, Bennett (Osborne), Phillips, Saunders (Taylor), Hunt, O'Connor, Wood, Weston (Kabba), Cort
Scott on Bennett's injury
Scott on Carl Cort
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