After seven points from five games in August, Dean Smith’s side hit their stride in early September to close in on the Sky Bet Championship top six.
First up in the month, following on from the international break, was a trip to The AMEX Stadium to take on Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls had a perfect home record up to this point, scoring ten goals and conceding none, but they were humbled as Scott Hogan netted in each half as The Bees wrapped up a hugely impressive success on the road.
Five days later and there was another high-profile away trip as Dean’s men headed to Villa Park to take on recently relegated Aston Villa. On a scorching hot Wednesday evening, Jonathan Kodija curled The Villains in front early on. However, The Bees dominated after the break and got a deserved point with two minutes to play: John Egan crashing home at the back post to spark jubilant scenes among the travelling fans.
Thanks to every single one of you that made the trip to Villa last night - you definitely made yourselves heard 📣 pic.twitter.com/mhQOIWhHFG— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) September 15, 2016
A good week finished on a high note as Scott Hogan struck his first career hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Preston North End back at Griffin Park. Hogan grabbed his first before the break before four goals in the final quarter of an hour put an added gloss on the scoreline. Harlee Dean made it 2-0 before Hogan grabbed his second with six minutes to play. A Chris Humphrey own-goal and Hogan’s third in the dying minutes wrapped up the points.
In the first of a series of high-profile games under the lights at Griffin Park, Brentford’s B Team beat their counter-parts from Liverpool on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time. The Bees led 2-0 early on in the second-half thanks to Herson Rodrigues Alves and Danny Parish but The Reds hit back to level. The game went to penalties with Jack Bonham saving the decisive spot-kick to complete the victory. A week later and Kyjuon Marsh-Brown netted a late first-half leveller to secure a 1-1 draw at Stevenage. The B Team’s ranks were also swelled as Raphael Assibey-Mensah joined on a two-year contract.
The Club was also saddened to learn of the death of Tony Ashley, the club’s former Operations Manager, at the age of 72 early on in the month.