2018 brings new faces, the return of a familiar face, and more points as we continue our look back at the season just gone
Emiliano becomes a Bee
Months of anticipation came to an end on New Year’s Day as Emiliano Marcondes became a Bee at the end of his FC Nordsjaelland contract. The attacker arrived having netted 17 times in 19 games for FCN and went straight into the squad for our trip to league-leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. Emiliano would watch on from the bench as Wolves’ class told in the second-half at Molineux, the home side running out comfortable 3-0 winners
It was an emotional day at Griffin Park when Notts County came to town in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round as Alan Judge ended a 638 day wait for a return to competitive action following his serious leg injury. The 29-year-old, who made his name in England with The Magpies, was given an incredible ovation when he was introduced as a second-half substitute. The game also saw a debut for Emiliano Marcondes but neither he, nor Alan, could find a way through County’s defences as they left with a 1-0 win.
Victory at The Madejski
Momentum was really building in January as we prepared to make the short trip to Reading midway through the month. A 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers had left us just three points outside the top six with nearly 3,000 fans from TW8 making the journey to The Madejski Stadium. And those travelling Bees were not to be disappointed. A single Lasse Vibe goal, which would prove to be his final in red and white, settled matters as we ended the day in ninth.
Bees unbeaten home run falls
After the opening day defeat to Nottingham Forest, 13 sides had tried and 13 sides had failed to take the three points from their trips to Griffin Park, our best unbeaten home run in the second tier since the early 1950s. However, that fine record came to an end late on in the month with Norwich City the visitors to West London. James Maddison’s early goal deserved to win any game and so it proved as The Bees suffered defeat on home soil for the first time since August.
Dean Smith and the Directors of Football had kept their powder dry during the January Transfer Window but there was one dip into the transfer market just before the window slammed shut. Young winger Chiedozie Ogbene moved across the Irish Sea from League of Ireland side Limerick following an impressive trial period. The 20-year-old had been on the radar of a number of Championship clubs but opted for life in West London with a three-and-a-half-year deal.
January First-Team Results
Florian Jozefzoon, Neal Maupay, Lasse Vibe 1
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