International debuts, World Cup promises, Stadium ground-breaking, and awards' recognition, it was a very busy March at Griffin Park
Bents beats Premier League competition
On a snowy evening at Battersea Revolution, Daniel Bentley was named the Goalkeeper of the Year at the 2018 London Football Awards. The Brentford stopper beat off competition from the Premier League quartet of Adrián (West Ham United), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Heurelho Gomes (Watford), and Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) to land the award. Daniel had kept 11 clean sheets in 34 Sky Bet Championship games to that point, putting in a number of match-winning performances along the way.
Honoured and humbled to have been voted as the #LFA Goalkeeper of the year. Real privilege to be a part of a great night all for a special cause in the @willowfoundation and topped off by the award being presented by an idol of mine and one of the greats... Bob Wilson. Thank you for all the messages. 🙌🏼
After 16 years of planning, discussion, and hard work, construction work officially began on the new Brentford Community Stadium with the ground-breaking ceremony on Monday 19 March. In front of media, dignitaries, and club staff, it was left to four generations of Brentford fans, the Muttitt family, to plant the first spade in the ground on the site of our new home. With work underway, all eyes were now trained towards December 2019 as the target date for moving into the new stadium.
Macleod off the mark
A succession of injuries had limited Lewis Macleod to just a handful of starts since his move south from Rangers. However, he was back fit and returned to the starting XI for the visit of Middlesbrough to Griffin Park just before the international break. On a bitterly cold day, Lewis warmed all those in red and white, netting his first goal for the club, in the 1-1 draw. His fine strike from the edge of the box levelled after Adama Traore’s opener and hinted at what was hopefully to come for the 23-year-old.
Henrik gets World Cup promise
Andreas Bjelland’s injury picked up in the defeat at Millwall meant that it was just Henrik Dalsgaard who joined up with the Denmark squad for their final friendlies before Åge Hareide named his provisional FIFA World Cup squad. Leaving a two-week old baby at home, Henrik played the full game against Panama before being released from the group. However, he returned home with plenty more to smile about as Hareide announced that Henrik would indeed be on the plane to Russia in the summer.
Mepham’s marvellous March
It had been some rise for Chris Mepham following his league debut back in September. Confirmed as one of Dean Smith’s first choice centre-backs, the 20-year-old was named in Ryan Giggs’ first Wales squad for the China Cup. And he wasn’t there to make up the numbers as he came off the bench for his international debut in the Red Dragons’ 6-0 win over the hosts. There was even better to come for Chris the following week, when he returned to action with The Bees, as he netted his first professional goal to salvage a late point against Sheffield United at Griffin Park.
Lewis Macleod, Neal Maupay, Chris Mepham, Ollie Watkins, Own-Goal 1
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