They say it's darkest just before the dawn and that proved the case for Brentford as they suffered humiliation at Carrow Road to start off December before rebounding well with back-to-back wins.
Three straight defeats in November had seen The Bees slide down the Sky Bet Championship table and that became four as Norwich City ran riot on a chilly December afternoon in East Anglia. John Egan’s early own-goal set the tone for the game as Norwich hit five without reply, former Brentford favourite Alex Pritchard The Bees’ tormentor in chief.
A new face would be in the dugout for Burton Albion's visit to Griffin Park the following Saturday as Thomas Frank joined The Bees coaching staff. The 43-year-old former Brøndby IF Head Coach would act as an assistant to Head Coach Dean Smith, alongside Richard O’Kelly.
The visit from The Brewers proved to be a turning point in the season as Scott Hogan’s double ensured The Bees picked up the three points for the first time since late October. The striker netted early on in both halves, either side of Jamie Ward’s leveller for the visitors, to take him to 12 for the season and ensure a Brentford win in the first ever meeting between the two sides.
Having waited six weeks for a win a second arrived just four days later as Maxime Colin’s late goal settled matters at Ashton Gate against Bristol City. In a match-up between two in-form strikers, Scott Hogan and Tammy Abraham were both guilty of passing up great opportunities, leaving it to Colin to deflect home Romaine Sawyers’ drive to wrap up the points.
Brentford B won 7-1 against China League One (second tier) side Hangzhou Greentown FC. Kevin O'Connor's team dominated from start to finish, despite allowing a late goal to blot their clean sheet. Six different players got on the scoresheet, with the goals coming from Reece Cole, Kyjuon Marsh-Brown, Herson Alves, Jan Holldack (2) and two trialists
In other B Team news, Nathan Fox headed out on loan to National League South strugglers Margate for a month.
Brentford Women’s FC were knocked out of the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy at the hands of Hackney Women thanks to a last minute goal at Lampton School. Janae Pine put Ryan Peters’ side in front but once Mollie Holmes missed from the spot, the visitors came back in the second-half to progress to Round Three.