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Season Review: Back-to-back home wins to begin

Our 16/17 season review continues as the EFL season gets underway

19 May 2017

After the pre-season preamble in June and July it was time for the season to begin in earnest in August.

There was still time for some more player movement as young left-back Ilias Chatzitheodoridis signed for the B Team on a two-year deal from Arsenal. Emmanuel Ledesma, who had been on trial throughout the summer, joined on a non-contract basis while winger Andy Gogia agreed a season-long switch to 2.Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden.

Dean Smith’s side’s first engagement of the new campaign saw a repeat of the previous season’s finale, away at Huddersfield Town. There wasn’t to be a repeat of that 5-1 scoreline however as Elias Kachunga struck ten minutes from time to condemn The Bees to a 2-1 opening day defeat despite Nico Yennaris’ strike.

After a trip to West Yorkshire on Saturday, there was more travelling to be done four days later as The Bees headed to the South-West to take on Exeter City in the EFL Cup First-Round. Again the game was decided by a late goal, Ryan Harley netting in extra-time as Brentford’s involvement in the EFL Cup ended at the first hurdle.

Back-to-back home games at Griffin Park gave Dean Smith’s side the perfect chance to get their season up and running, a chance they didn’t hesitate in taking. John Egan’s first-half brace on his home debut was enough to see off the challenge of Ipswich Town before Scott Hogan bundled home his first of the season to down Nottingham Forest the following Tuesday, with a little help from some late Daniel Bentley heroics.

Away from Griffin Park, Lasse Vibe captained Denmark to the Quarter-Finals of the Football Tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. The Danes qualified second in their group behind Brazil with four points before being beaten 2-0 by Nigeria in the Quarter Finals.