In Part Three of our look back at the season just gone, The Bees break their winning duck in September
Denmark’s Date with Destiny
The World Cup hopes of Andreas Bjelland and Henrik Dalsgaard were given a massive boost in early September with convincing qualifying wins over Poland and Armenia. Robert Lewandowski was kept quiet by Andreas and Henrik as The Danes beat Poland 4-0 in Copenhagen with Age Hareide’s side following that up with a 4-1 win in Yerevan four days later. The back-to-back wins set up a shootout with Montenegro for a place in the World Cup Play-Offs the following month
The winning Duck is broken
A game against Bolton Wanderers, winless themselves at the foot of the Championship after eight games, proved to be just the tonic for Dean Smith’s side. The three goals on the day were worthy of winning any game. Yoann Barbet’s stunning free-kick opened the scoring early on before Nico Yennaris doubled the advantage after the break, those two goals went on to fill the top two spots in our Goal of the Season competition. Ollie Watkins then wrapped up the win late on with another fine finish as we got up and running.
A league debut for Chris Mepham
He had already appeared in the EFL and FA Cups, but Brentford’s young defensive talent Chris Mepham made his Sky Bet Championship bow at home to Derby County midway through the month. The 20-year-old had endured a difficult full debut the previous week, giving away a penalty against Norwich City as The Bees League Cup run had come to an end, but he gave some indication to his considerable talents with an assured performance against The Rams. The performance wasn’t enough to help the side to the three points as the game finished 1-1, Ollie Watkins netting late on to grab a thoroughly deserved point.
Absolutely delighted to have made my championship debut tonight 🙌🏼 gutted not to get the 3 points 😩😌 great support as per 💪🏼 @BrentfordFC ⚽️— Chris Mepham (@c_meps) September 26, 2017
LED Work begins
With the club continuing to grow, on and off the pitch, late September saw work begin on installing an LED perimeter system at Griffin Park. In one of the biggest upgrades to Griffin Park of recent years, crowd and pitch facing advertising hoardings would be introduced to create an exciting new advertising platform for Club partners and add to the matchday experience.
Rico’s Riverside misery
An innocuous turn on the touchline would spell the end of Rico Henry’s season on the final day of the month at The Riverside Stadium. Having lost just once in six matches heading into the trip to Middlesbrough, The Bees headed north in good spirits. However, tragedy struck nine minutes before the break as Rico collapsed to the turf with a serious knee-injury which would rule him out for the remainder of the campaign. The injury overshadowed a battling point in the North East as goals from Yoann Barbet and Ollie Watkins ended a nine-match losing run against Boro.
Ollie Watkins 3
Josh Clarke, Nico Yennaris, Yoann Barbet 2
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