Bees in the Hat [UPDATED]
28th Nov 2009, 3pm
Brentford today won 1-0 against Walsall in the FA Cup second round.
The decisive goal came in the 13th minute from Leon Legge who headed home a John Bostock corner.
Brentford were very commanding in the first half with Bostock putting Walsall onto the back foot.
The visitors piled on some late pressure but some decent stops from Lewis Price and an excellent saving tackle from the commanding Legge helped the Bees hold on for a draw.
Overall it was a vastly improved performance and a deserved win.
Almost a carbon copy of last week's game against the same opponents! A quality first half performance from the bees followed by a more even second half. This time we didn't make any mistakes at the back and didn't fall apart like last week.
There were good performances throughout the team, Bostock saw much more of the ball this time round and looked completely knackered towards the end of the game and had to be substituted. The back four looked solid with Legge adding much needed aerial dominance at the back and up front where he scored the bees winning goal and had another good header in the second half saved by the keeper.
It was heart warming to see Sam Wood back on form, he had his best game for us for a long while. Kev and Bean were solid, as they often are. Strevens work rate is amazing, he never stops, never gives up on a ball, chases people down, has as a terrific header and showed a fantastic bit of skill in the Walsall box towards the end of the game that nearly came off. Chas was lively too.
Taylor came on for Wood with 20 minutes to go, played further up field and provided an outlet to try and reduce the pressure Walsall were building. It worked until Charlie was replaced by Hunt leaving us short up top. This was put right when Bostock was replaced by the lively Murphy.
As Walsall are 9th in the table and we have shown we are as good if not better than them a bit more consistency should see us climb away from the danger zone. We've proved we can play outstanding football for half a game at a time and have put together good performances against top teams. We have to show this again with a tough game on Tuesday against Colchester followed by Leeds, MK Dons and Charlton all in December. This will be followed by an away cup game against Fulham. I made that last one up - or did I? Ooooh...
Bees - Price, Foster, Legge, Bennett, Dickson, Bostock (Murphy), Bean, O'Connor, Wood (Taylor), Maconald (Hunt), Strevens