Dean Smith and his men said goodbye to a forgettable November which saw them end pointless from their three matches.
Despite a Scott Hogan brace, The Bees' indifferent form on the road continued as they lost 3-2 at Ewood Park against lowly Blackburn Rovers. In the Lancashire snow, Hogan put The Bees ahead after 30 seconds but Danny Graham then struck twice to shift the game back in the home side’s favour. Brentford’s in-form frontman made it 2-2 on the half-hour before a Harlee Dean own-goal completed the scoring before the break.
Back at Griffin Park and Brentford were once again left to rue bad luck and missed chances as they were beaten by Birmingham City. The Bees dominated most of the match but were hit twice by sucker punches and could find no way to get back on terms. They fell behind to a penalty won and converted by Clayton Donaldson early on but should have been level by half time. They failed to take their opportunities and were hit again as Ryan Shotton scored a second against the run of play after the break. A Scott Hogan goal proved to be no more than consolation.
Kevin O’Connor’s first game in sole charge of Brentford B ended in a 0-0 draw against a Chelsea XI at Cobham. There was no lack of goalscoring intent from both sides as the hosts struck a post early on while Herson Alves missed The Bees best chance, heading over from close range after the break. Herson was soon heading out of Griffin Park as The B Team’s leading scorer joined National League side Sutton Albion on a 28-day loan deal.
The goals were shared as Brentford B won 5-2 against a young Southampton XI in Hampshire: Danny Parish, Reece Cole, Luke Dunn and Kyjuon Marsh-Brown the men to find the net as O’Connor’s unbeaten start as B Team Head Coach continued.
Brentford Women’s FC kept up their fine autumn run with a 2-0 win over Tower Hamlets Reserves to close to within a point of the league lead: Lisa Grant and Janae Pine were on target as Ryan Peters’ side made it 15 points from a possible 18.
Hundreds of guests were treated to a top class evening of entertainment at the club’s latest Sporting Dinner with Horse Racing legend Sir A.P McCoy the special guest speaker. In front of a packed room at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow, the 20 time Champion Jockey, wowed the guests with stories from his time in the weighing room.