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5 moments that defined December

We're half-way through our look back at the 2017/18 season as we reach December

24 May 2018

There was plenty of Christmas cheer, on and off the pitch, for The Bees in December with four wins from six, another hurdle overcome in our move to Brentford Community Stadium, and a return for Alan Judge!

Fulham downed at Griffin Park

The disappointment of the late draw against QPR a week earlier was quickly put to bed as Fulham were swept aside at a raucous Griffin Park at the start of December. After the early scare of a Neeskens Kebano goal for the visitors, The Bees clicked into gear and levelled before the break through Sergi Canos. A Romaine Sawyers goal and Dennis Odoi’s red card, both of which came within eight minutes of the restart, turned things decisively in our favour before Ollie Watkins added the extra gloss with a third late on.

Alan Judge

After 20 months, two operations, and an incredible amount of work with the medical staff, Alan Judge stepped back onto a football pitch in early December. The Irish-midfielder had been recovering from a serious leg injury since April 2016 but made a goal-scoring return to action for Brentford B against Barnet. The 29-year-old played 45 minutes for Kevin O’Connor’s side in the 3-2 win at Jersey Road. A long-awaited return to first-team action would follow a month later against Notts County in the Emirates FA Cup

Planning permission approval

A good week for the club got even better on two days later as, at the London Borough of Hounslow (LBH) Planning Committee meeting, Councillors resolved to approve planning amendments submitted for Brentford Community Stadium. The amendments comprised changes to the stadium design and the Central Eastern and Central Southern residential sites with Cliff Crown, Chairman of Brentford FC, heralding the decision as ‘a great early Christmas present for fans’

Romaine and Lasse team up in Norfolk

One point from two games had somewhat stalled The Bees momentum in December but that was all about to change as Dean Smith’s team embarked on the busy festive week of fixtures. First-up was a Friday night visit to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City. With principle partners LeoVegas laying on free coaches for the trip, those fans who journeyed down the A140 were not to be disappointed. It was the Romaine Sawyers and Lasse Vibe show with the former twice teeing up the latter to secure the points; Romaine’s pass for the second goal without a doubt one of the passes of the season.


Perfect end to a perfect festive week

Following the win at Norwich City, Aston Villa were swept aside at Griffin Park on Boxing Day meaning a win over managerless Sheffield Wednesday, again on home soil, would see Dean Smith’s side register a perfect nine from nine over the Christmas week. Lasse Vibe netted his fourth in three games to open the scoring before Florian Jozefzoon made the game safe with seven minutes to go. For a side that had taken just four points from the opening eight games, victory over The Owls meant The Bees headed into 2018 in tenth, just four points off the Play-Offs.


December Results

Brentford 3 Fulham 1 – Report / Highlights

Hull City 3 Brentford 2 – Report / Highlights

Brentford 0 Barnsley 0 – Report / Highlights

Norwich City 1 Brentford 2 – Report / Highlights

Brentford 2 Aston Villa 1 – Report / Highlights

Brentford 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0 - Report / Highlights

December Scorers

Lasse Vibe 4

Romaine Sawyers 2

Sergi Canos, John Egan, Florian Jozefzoon, Ollie Watkins, Own-Goal 1

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