A month that started with back-to-back wins ends in frustration as derby spoils are snatched away late on at Loftus Road
Sweet success at St Andrew’s
Games between Brentford and Birmingham City usually have a little bit extra riding on them and this was most definitely the case as Dean Smith’s side headed to the second city to take on Blues at the start of the month. Since the departures of Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, and Jota to City in August, this had been a fixture Bees fans were looking forward, and they weren’t disappointed as late goals from Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay wrapped up a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Fireworks at Griffin Park
On Guy Fawkes Day eve, The Bees welcomed Leeds United to Griffin Park looking to extend the unbeaten league run and continue our excellent recent record against The Whites in TW8. A feisty affair, which gave birth to ‘The Barbet’, was level going into the final ten minutes; a pair of goalkeeping errors allowing Neal Maupay and Ezgjan Alioski to net, either side of Ollie Watkins missed penalty. However, Yoann’s free-kick and Ryan Woods measured finish extended the unbeaten run to nine and sent Dean Smith’s side into the final international break of 2017 just three points off the Play-Offs.
🚀 🔥 ️⚽️ It was a tight squeeze, but here we go....— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) November 6, 2017
Buckle up 🐝 fans!!! pic.twitter.com/K3KP7wfzR3
More than 20 years after he first joined the club, Andy Scott departed midway through the month as he joined Premier League side Watford. The former striker is the only man to have won promotion as both a player and a manager at Griffin Park and had returned to Brentford in a scouting capacity in 2015, working his way up to Head of Recruitment before his move to Vicarage Road.
Danish delight and Irish heartbreak
A Christian Eriksen inspired Denmark secured their spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a 5-1 aggregate win over the Republic of Ireland and, in the process, went a long way to creating some Brentford history. The victory opened the door for the first-ever contracted Bees to appear at a World Cup with both Henrik Dalsgaard and Andreas Bjelland subsequently named in Denmark’s provisional squad. Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Kamohelo Mokotjo and South Africa as Bafana Bafana were beaten 2-0 by Senegal, ending their hopes of making it to Russia.
The late Loftus Road show
Heading into injury-time at Loftus Road, the Bees fans were bouncing, the home fans had left, and a fourth straight win over QPR looked a formality. Two second-half Lasse Vibe goals, his first of an injury disrupted campaign, looked to have sewn up another three points over The Rs. Even when Matt Smith pulled one back there seemed to be little cause for alarm but when we failed to clear a free-kick, Luke Freeman prodded home in the fifth minute of added time to rescue the most dramatic of points for the home side. The result proved to be a turning point in the season as Dean Smith’s side went about addressing the unwanted habit of conceding late equalisers.
November First-Team Results
Neal Maupay, Lasse Vibe 2
Yoann Barbet, Florian Jozefzoon, Ollie Watkins, Ryan Woods 1
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