As we continue our look back on the 2019/20 season, we focus on how The Bees fared in September and October as they attempted to build some momentum after a mixed start to the campaign.
After picking up that excellent win over Derby County at the end of August, The Bees were back on the road as they met Preston North End. Unfortunately, they slipped to a 2-0 defeat up north before a week later they were held to a goalless draw with Stoke City at Griffin Park.
Hat-trick Hero Watkins
One of the standout performances of the campaign then came on Sunday 29 September when Brentford fought back from 1-0 down to register a 3-1 win with Ollie Watkins netting all three of The Bees’ goals against Barnsley.
Having fallen behind in the first minute when Cauley Woodrow curled in an effort from 25 yards, Brentford rallied towards the end of the half when Mathias Jensen’s cross found Watkins who headed home to level things. The Bees took that momentum into the break and managed to get themselves in front just a minute after the restart when Ollie nodded in from a Sergi Canos cross.
Another header from the Brentford striker on 68 minutes would put the match well beyond the home side as The Bees took all three points.
Looking to turn a corner
October would start in a similar manner to how the opening weeks of the season unfolded as Brentford first welcomed Bristol City to West London. A Josh Dasilva emphatic strike looked to have given Thomas Frank’s men the points, but for Andreas Weimann who found the net just three minutes from time.
More frustration would follow three days later when The Bees travelled to Nottingham Forest and Ben Watson’s goal was the difference between the two sides as The Bees’ three-match unbeaten run came to an end.
Perhaps a turning point in the season would follow on Saturday 19 October when Brentford welcomed Millwall to Griffin Park in an astonishing encounter as the side debuted their Farewell to Griffin Park jersey.
With just six minutes remaining The Bees were 2-0 down to goals from Tom Bradshaw and Jed Wallace, but for a memorable comeback from Thomas Frank’s men. Josh Dasilva pulled a goal back for Brentford when he fired in low from the edge of the box, and Bryan Mbuemo’s effort shortly after looped up an over Bartosz Białkowski. The winner then came when Rico Henry’s cross was helped back in by Mbuemo for Watkins to slot home from close range to seal all three points.
It would get better for Brentford on their travels as they arrived in South Wales buoyed by that Millwall victory, and the confidence showed, as they claimed a 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium with Said Benrahma and Mbeumo getting on the scoresheet alongside a Jake Bidwell own goal.
With back-to-back wins The Bees arrived at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium looking to continue their good run, and they certainly did that as they claimed the West London bragging rights over Queens Park Rangers.
A Watkins finish on 23 minutes was cancelled out shortly after the break by Grant Hall but Said Benrahma was on hand to restore the lead from the penalty spot. Watkins would make the points safe in the dying minutes of the game to ensure it was three wins from three for The Bees.