Before the squad headed out on tour to Nice and Genoa, goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson was still reflecting on his First Team debut. Coming on as a sub for the injured Dan Bentley, Gunnarsson helped Brentford to a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.
Out on tour, the keeper started in a 2-0 defeat to OGC Nice. The first-half remained goalless as Rico Henry returned to the side after a spell out with injury. The hosts scored two goals in the second 45 minutes to secure a hard-fought victory in the Mediterranean sunshine.
Coote might have scored at the start of the second period. A lazy pass from Andy Pelmard fell to the midfielder right in front of goal. His shot was blocked on the line by a combination of Hassen and a desperate tackle from Pelmard.
Nice took the lead with a quick counter attack. A ball inside the right channel meant an easy cross for Amadou Ba-Sy to sweep home in the centre. That was after 67 minutes.
The home side scored a second on 80 minutes. This time it was a Brentford mistake that helped them on their way. First Fredrik Hammar lost the ball in the middle, then Jonny Mitchell missed his touch completely when it rolled into the path of Alexandre Gameiro. The pacey attacker swept up the field, then placed the ball beyond Gunnarsson.
The squad rallied in their next game to Genoa B. An odd match played in thirds, not halves, the second squad netted six times. Kolbeinn Finnsson got the pick of the goals when his long range effort from wide found the target in the first third.
The hosts were straight down the other end to level things. Levante Szabo the hero, sweeping home a low cross from Denilson. Goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson got his hands to the ball but couldn't divert it wide enough.
Finnsson scored a second before the second period of time brought the third goal. Cole Dasilva turned on the style from left fullback, clipping a first-time pass to Finnsson. The midfielder knocked it on to Brissett and the winger did the rest. He raced towards goal, cutting in on his right foot and then curling it high into the net close to the right post. His first goal for The Bees.
It didn't take long for a second to come along. This time the ball came from the right, Matej Majka drilling a cross low into his path. The shot was hit first-time, straight into the bottom corner of the net to make it 4-1.
In the final half hour, substitute Hardy added his two strikes.
Italy/France Tour Results
OGC Nice 2-0 Brentford B
Genoa B 1-6 Brentford B
Next up, Part 12: Cup Finals
Brentford take on Welling United and Harrow Borough in their first domestic cup finals since 1898. Silverware comes the way of The Bees, but only in one competition.