Recent history in games between The Bees and Forest is very much stacked in our favour. Since returning to the second tier, the seven matches have seen the men in red and white stripes win five and draw one. Without a doubt, the most memorable of those wins came at Griffin Park in November 2015.
Under Lee Carsley, The Bees had enjoyed a revival, losing just one of his first six games in charge after he took over from Marinus Dijkhuizen. Forest arrived in West London on the back of just one win in nine, although that had come the week before in the East Midlands derby against Derby County. Buoyed by that win over The Rams, Forest came out of the blocks the quicker, Nelson Oliveira forcing David Button into three fine first-half saves but the real action came in the final half an hour.
Firstly, substitute Sergi Canos bundled home an opener from close range before Harlee Dean saw red eight minutes later after an altercation with Johnny Williams. From the resulting free-kick, Henri Lansbury drew the visitors level with a guided finish from the edge of the box.
Despite their man disadvantage The Bees kept on pushing for a winner. Dorus De Vries wonderfully denied Canos and James Tarkowski in the final few minutes before one of the scrappiest, but best-celebrated, goals of recent times in front of the Ealing Road.
De Vries once again proved his worth denying Woods but the rebound dropped kindly to Philipp Hofmann on the edge of the box. His mis-hit shot deflected off two defenders and the goalkeeper before ending up in the bottom corner: Philipp and the rest of his teammates ending up in the crowd celebrating the late winner.
That proved to be Philipp’s penultimate goal in a Brentford shirt, and only one at Griffin Park during a two-year spell in West London, before his move last summer to German second-division side SpVgg Greuther Furth. It also proved to be Lee Carsley’s final win as Brentford Head Coach before he moved on to a role with Manchester City’s Academy the following month. Forest boss Freedman lasted only until the following March while the villain of the piece, Johnny Williams, is back in the Championship, on loan at AFC Sunderland from parent club Crystal Palace.
There will be Pay on the Day, cash only, pre-match at The City Ground tonight. Tickets will be on sale, Adults £22, Seniors £17, 18-23 £10, Students/16-17 £5, Under-16s £1.
After Forest, and Saturday’s trip to Fulham, Dean Smith’s men will be back at Griffin Park next week when we face our local rivals Queens Park Rangers (Saturday 21 April). Tickets for our game against The R’s are available to previous ticket purchasers and selling fast so secure your place online here.