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Season Review: Bees winless as October rolls on

Part six in our look back at the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season

23 May 2017

A free-scoring September saw The Bees finish the month inside the top six but things proved tougher for Dean Smith's side in October

After nine goals in two games at Griffin Park, it was an all-together more sedate affair as Wigan Athletic were the visitors on 1 October. The Latics set their stall out early, looking for a point from their visit to the capital, and that is what they took as it remained goalless over the 90 minutes.

The second International break of the season followed the draw with Wigan Athletic and that saw Ellery Balcombe make his England Under-18 bow as the Young Lions were beaten 1-0 by Sweden in Tibblevallen. There was also a 19th cap for Romaine Sawyers and St Kitts and Nevis were beaten 1-0 by French Guiana. 

The Bees first engagement after the break was a trip to pre-season favourites Newcastle United. Backed by nearly 3,000 Brentford fans, Dean Smith’s side made the long trip to St James’ Park only to ensure a nightmare first 16 minutes which saw them 2-0 down. Dwight Gayle’s second made it 3-0 shortly after the break before Scott Hogan gave the travelling fans something to cheer with a late consolation.

Four days later and The Bees winless run was extended to four games after a 0-0 draw away at Derby County. In a game of few chances, the decisive moment came late on in the second-half as Romaine Sawyers appeared to be bundled over inside the box but, not for the first-time during the season, the referee wasn’t interested in The Bees penalty appeals.

A strong Birmingham City Under-23s, which included Diego Fabbrini, Rhoys Wiggins, and Paul Robinson, inflicted Brentford B’s heaviest defeat of the season as they ran out 5-0 winners. A week later and it was a very different story as Raphael Assibey-Mensah netted a hat-trick, with Danny Parish adding a fourth, in a 4-1 win over Reading at Jersey Road.

After netting six goals in five goals in September, Scott Hogan was awarded the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award. Both goals in the win over Brighton and Hove Albion, a hat-trick against Preston North End, and a late strike in the 4-1 win over Reading saw Hogan pick up the monthly prize.

October also saw Ellery Balcombe agree his first professional contract to remain at Griffin Park until the summer of 2019.

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