We continue to look back at the moments that shaped last season as August becomes a month of highs, lows, and Blues
Opening Day disappointment
The day that Brentford fans had been waiting for all summer arrived as the new Sky Bet Championship season got underway at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United. The Blades had romped to the League One crown the previous season and showed they would be no pushovers by taking a 1-0 win. Billy Sharp scored the only goal six minutes before the break but, as would become the story of the early part of the season, The Bees had their chances to level; Lasse Vibe, Neal Maupay, and Nico Yennaris among those to come closest
The Bees make history
Two new features made their debuts in EFL competitions in August with Goal-line Technology introduced in the Sky Bet Championship while clubs were now allowed to make a fourth substitute in extra-time of EFL Cup matches, and Dean Smith’s side made history with both in the space of four days.
Justin Shaibu became the first fourth substitute to score in a competitive match in England when he netted in our 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup First-Round. Then, the following Saturday, Andreas Bjelland’s header became the maiden Championship goal to be awarded with the aid of GLT. Andreas’s first Bees goal proved in vain as former Bees boss Mark Warburton saw his Nottingham Forest side take the points after a dramatic 4-3 win.
Denied at the death
After back-to-back league defeats, The Bees looked to get back on track when Bristol City headed to Griffin Park. Under the lights, Josh Brownhill fired The Robins into an early lead but second-half goals from Ollie Watkins, his first league strike for The Bees, and Neal Maupay appeared to have given Dean’s side a first league success of the season. However, eight minutes into added time, some penalty area pinball saw the ball fall at the feet of Bobby Reid who smashed home a scarcely deserved equaliser as The Bees wait for a league win went on.
Records fall at Loftus Road
Defeat on the road against Ipswich Town left The Bees with just one point to show from their opening four games meaning the following Tuesday’s EFL Cup Second Round trip to Loftus Road took on extra significance. Those with a Brentford connection need not have worried as an Ariel Borysiuk own-goal and strikes from John Egan, Neal Maupay, and Josh Clarke wrapped up an emphatic 4-1 win, our biggest-ever at Loftus Road, and ensured progress to Round Three.
The Birmingham Trio depart
The summer had seen much speculation regarding the futures of Jota, Harlee Dean, and Maxime Colin and that only intensified as Deadline Day approached. It was expected that the trio would leave, however, it wasn’t expected that they would all head in the same direction. Harlee was the first to swap Brentford for Birmingham City and he was followed on Deadline Day by Jota and Maxime, the former for a Blues club-record fee, as Harry Redknapp completed a triple swoop.
August First-Team Results
August Top Scorers
Neal Maupay 3
John Egan, Ollie Watkins 2
Andreas Bjelland, Josh Clarke, Romaine Sawyers, Justin Shaibu, Own-goal 1