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5 moments that defined February

Here's Part Eight of our look back at the season that was

26 May 2018

As we approached the business end of the season there are new contracts for our management trio while, on the pitch, Birmingham City were blown away on an unforgettable night at GP

Sergi sees red

After suffering a first home defeat since August the previous weekend, The Bees made the journey to Derby County looking to bounce back. The opening 20 minutes at Pride Park were fairly even but the game then turned in an instant as Sergi Canos was shown a straight red for a challenge in midfield. Within 13 minutes Derby had netted twice to end the game as a contest before a late Matej Vydra penalty added gloss to the score-line as the home side took the points.

Lasse leaves

Lasse Vibe’s protracted move to China was finally completed on 10 February as the 30-year-old joined Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai. The striker left having netted 37 goals in 97 games over two-and-a-half years at Griffin Park, ending as top scorer in both his full seasons with The Bees.

Stadium of De-Light for Bees fans

With no win in three league games, a trip to struggling Sunderland offered a chance for Dean Smith’s side to arrest their mini-slide. The Black Cats were staring back-to-back relegations in the face and offered little resistance once Kamohelo Mokotjo netted his first goal in English football after 13 minutes. Neal Maupay made it 2-0 on the half-hour as our first trip to the Stadium of Light in a quarter of a century was a victorious one.

Management trio sign new deals

Fresh from the win over Sunderland, Dean Smith, Thomas Frank, and Richard O’Kelly all put pen to paper on new one-year contracts through to the summer of 2020. Dean and Richard had joined the club in late 2015 with Thomas arriving just over a year later to complete the management trio. During his time with the club, Dean had won just under 40 per cent of his games and was well on his way to a third straight top ten finish.

Birmingham get the blues at Griffin Park

A game with added spice given the return of three former Bees, the midweek fixture against Birmingham City would be one to live long in the memories of those at Griffin Park. Played against the backdrop of a cracking atmosphere, our joint-biggest win back in the second tier was achieved thanks to Ollie Watkins’ double, an own-goal and strikes from Neal Maupay and Florian Jozefzoon. It meant a double over Blues, something Bees fans were quick to point out to our returning trio.

First-Team results

Derby County 3 Brentford 0 – Report / Highlights

Brentford 1 Preston North End 1 - Report / Highlights

Sunderland 0 Brentford 2 - Report / Highlights

Brentford 5 Birmingham City 0 - Report / Highlights

Leeds United 1 Brentford 0 - Report / Highlights

February Goalscorers

Florian Jozefzoon, Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins 2

Kamohelo Mokotjo, Own-goal 1

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