We've reached September in our look back at the key moments over the past 12 months.
A Bloody victory
It looked like our perfect start to the season at Griffin Park was going to come to an end on the first day of September as Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash cancelled out Lewis Macleod’s first-half opener. However, Ollie Watkins, bloodied from an earlier collision, showed predatory instincts to turn home Saïd Benrahma’s deflected effort inside the final few minutes to earn another three points on home soil.
Stadium steel rises
September marked six months since the ground-breaking ceremony for our new home and the skeleton of the stadium was beginning to rise from the ground. With the piling work completed over the summer, the main south stand was the first part of our new stadium to take shape.
Griffin Park perfection continues
Back from his three-game ban, Neal Maupay returned with a bang after the international break to down Wigan Athletic and make it five wins from five at Griffin Park. The French striker struck either side of the break as ten-man Wigan became the latest to leave TW8 with nothing. The goals took Neal’s tally to seven in just six games to start the campaign and left Dean Smith’s side second in the table. As it turned out, it would be Smith’s final win in charge of The Bees.
14 minutes at Derby County
After missing the chance to go top four days earlier, we made the perfect start on the road at Derby County, taking the lead inside a minute through Henrik Dalsgaard. However, a 14-minute blitz from the side turned the game completely on its head; Harry Wilson, David Nugent, and Mason Mount the men on target. The defeat extended our wait for an away win and was the first time a nightmare short spell would prove costly over the course of the season.
8,500 to The Emirates
Our reward for getting past Southend United and Cheltenham Town was a Carabao Cup Third Round tie away at Arsenal. The 8,500 Brentford fans who made the trip to The Emirates would set the record for the largest away following in the whole of England for 2018. On the pitch, a superb late Alan Judge free-kick gave the travelling support something to cheer during a 3-1 defeat.
Top away attendances in 2018:— TheNinetyTwo (@TheNinetyTwo_) December 31, 2018
8,500 - Brentford (vs. Arsenal)
8,000 - Everton (vs. Liverpool)
7,833 - Coventry City (vs. MK Dons)
7,717 - Leeds United (vs. Blackburn)
7,500 - Luton Town (vs. Newcastle)
7,500 - Burnley (vs. Man City) pic.twitter.com/lZM2jn6sDY
September Top Scorers
Neal Maupay 4
Yoann Barbet, Henrik Dalsgaard, Alan Judge, Lewis Macleod, Ollie Watkins 1