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Season Review: Mixed bag in early March

Part 16 of our look back at the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season

2 June 2017

The Bees continued their gradual climb up the Sky Bet Championship table with another four points from their three league games in the first-half of the month.

First-up was a trip to Portman Road with The Bees coming away with a well-earned point from their visit to East Anglia. Emyr Huws fired the hosts in front just before the half-hour but Nico Yennaris equalised with his fifth of the season just before the interval. The Bees dominated most the match but could not find a way to win a game of few chances and had to settle for a point.

Four days later and there was no mistake on the road this time as Dean Smith’s side completed a league double over Nottingham Forest. Lasse Vibe scored two and made one for Jota as The Bees eased to a 3-0 lead midway through the second half at The City Ground. Ben Brereton and Zach Clough both came off the substitute’s bench to score inside the final ten minutes but it was too little too late for the hosts.

It wasn’t to be an unbeaten week for The Bees as promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town stole the points at Griffin Park the following Saturday thanks to a single Rajiv Van La Parra goal. The decisive moment came just before the half-hour as Van La Parra’s shot was turned past Daniel Bentley by Harlee Dean as The Terriers left back up the M1 with the points.

Jota was shortlisted for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for February after contributing five goals and two assists during the month. Despite contributing at least a goal or an assist in all five of The Bees' matches he was beaten to the award by Preston North End's Aiden McGeady.

In the world of the B Team, left-back Ilias Chatzitheodoridis extended his contract for a further two years. Ilias joined The Bees in the summer after a successful trial having previously been on the books at Arsenal and was named as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the season. On the pitch, Wigan Athletic snatched a late equaliser to deny the B Team the win after Chris Mepham’s third of the season had put Kevin O’Connor’s side in front.

Brentford Football Club was proud to join forces with Sky Sports for an exclusive screening of the short film Wonderkid. Players from the first-team, B Team and women's teams were joined by staff and guests at Sky HQ for an evening screening of the film, which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. The screening was followed by a panel question and answer session featuring Brentford Chief Executive Mark Devlin, TV presenter and LGBT speaker Sophie Cook, representatives from Sky Sports and the film's director Rhys Chapman.

Brentford Women’s season neared its conclusion with Mollie Holmes scoring twice from the penalty spot as Brentford Women’s FC brushed aside Luton Town Development 5-0 at Lampton School. All the goals came in a dominant first-half as Ryan Peters’ side all-but wrapped up a fourth-place finish in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division One.

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