It was a fine October for The Bees with seven points from nine, progress on the new Community Stadium, and a return to action for a long-term absentee
Henrik Dalsgaard, Andreas Bjelland, and Kamohelo Mokotjo all kept their World Cup hopes alive as the second international break of the season proved fruitful for The Bees involved. A single Christian Eriksen goal decided Denmark’s winner-takes-all showdown with Montenegro and set up a November Play-Off against John Egan’s Ireland for a spot at the tournament. Meanwhile in Africa, Kamohelo helped South Africa to a 3-1 win over Burkina Faso, keeping Bafana Bafana’s slim qualifying hopes alive.
Brentford Community Stadium demolition begins
Early October saw another huge step taken towards a new home for Brentford Football Club on the Lionel Road South site with work to demolish the former office building known as Capital Court getting underway. It would take around eight weeks to demolish the building, which had been subject to an earlier Compulsory Purchase Order.
Lewis Macleod returns
After more than 11 months out with a serious knee-injury, Lewis Macleod returned to action for Brentford B in early October. The Scot hadn’t featured since our 2-0 win at Loftus Road in late October 2016 but returned to play an hour for Kevin O’Connor’s side in a 0-0 draw against Exeter City at Jersey Road. The 23-year-old would continue to step up his recovery before returning to First-Team action against Fulham in early December.
Lions tamed as Bees break home duck
The win over Bolton Wanderers four weeks earlier had seen Dean Smith’s side register their first victory of the campaign but The Bees were still waiting for a home success to celebrate as Millwall travelled west midway through October. A tight derby contest was ultimately settled by a single Romaine Sawyers strike just after the break. However, that only tells half the story with Daniel Bentley pulling off a string of fine saves, including one to deny Lee Gregory from the penalty spot, as The Bees secured a hard-fought three points.
Deepdale delight for Dean
An enthralling 3-3 draw against Sunderland meant that The Bees headed to Preston North End for their final action of August unbeaten in five in the league. The game between two sides who would end up having a big say in the Play-Off race did not disappoint. Twice Dean Smith’s side led, Nico Yennaris and Romaine Sawyers the men on target, only to be pegged back before Ollie Watkins finally settled the game with 20 minutes to play.
Romaine Sawyers, Nico Yennaris 2
Florian Jozefzoon, Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins 1