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Season Review - Your Favourite Moments

Fans pick their best moments from our first ever Premier League campaign

11 June 2022

The 2021/22 season is now at an end. Brentford's first-ever campaign the Premier League ended with The Bees in 13th place. There were some great moments to reflect on.

This week we have been looking back at the season, remembering the home wins, great days on the road, late winners and the best moments away from the match. Today, it's the five games selected by our fans on social media.

WOLVES 0 BRENTFORD 2

It's no surprise that away trips make up four of this list of five, with so many great results for The Bees on the road last term. That includes this entry, a gritty performance to pick up our first away win of the season against a strong Wolves side. All this after Brentford had been reduced to 10 men after an hour.

30,000 fans packed into Molineux saw Thomas Frank's side take the lead from the penalty spot when Ivan Toney netted after half an hour. Just a few minutes later we had more reason to celebrate, Bryan Mbeumo opening his account for the season. Kris Ajer also demonstrated some of his defensive prowess with a tackle right out of the top drawer to deny Wolves a way back into the match.

Shandon Baptiste saw a second yellow card just after an hour played, leaving the rest of the team to fight for a very hard-earned three points. Mbeumo even had time to hit the bar before the final whistle sounded on a top September away day.

NORWICH CITY 1 BRENTFORD 3

Another away day, against a rival in the bottom half of the table. This time, The Bees came into the game on the back of eight games without a win. A pivital moment in the season, against a former Manager in Dean Smith, combined with the fact that The Canaries had beaten us at home early on. There was a lot riding on this one.

Nerves were jangled early on as David Raya needed to make a string of good saves to keep Norwich at bay. With just over half an hour gone, the breakthrough. A Christian Eriksen corner, a Kris Ajer flick on, an Ivan Toney volley at the far post. 1-0. It would be Toney who scored two more, both from the penalty spot, to complete his first ever top-flight hat-trick as Brentford cruised to a 3-1 win at Carrow Road.

The win was a catalyst for Thomas Frank's team. We would win seven of the final 10 league games, keeping relegation firmly at bay and it all started on the road in Norfolk.

EVERTON 2 BRENTFORD 3

No surprise that this one appears on the list. As comebacks go, this one had all the drama. With the home side desperate for points to keep their 30-year stay in the Premier League alive, thousands of West Londoners arrived hoping to spoil the party.

The Goodison Park faithful were in good voice and had something to celebrate after only 10 minutes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin netting the opening goal. Just eight minutes later, disaster as Jarrad Branthwaite was shown a red card and Frank Lampard's side had it all to do. An own goal from Sheamus Coleman didn't dampen their spirits however, with Richarlison scoring a penalty to send them in at half-time a goal to the good.

The away side rallied and two swift goals from Yoane Wissa and Rico Henry put The Bees ahead after 65 minutes. There was late drama as Everton searched for the equaliser, Salomon Rondon getting a further red card reducing his side to nine men with minutes to play.

The final away trip of the season lived up to the billing and the action-packed game will live long in the memory.

CHELSEA 1 BRENTFORD 4

The top two selections on this list were above and beyond the top picks for fan moments of the season. An incredible away win at our West London neighbours make it into second place.

A game that was goalless at half-time had pundits up and down the country asking how quickly Chelsea could score to take control of the game in the second period. This was all going to plan as Antonio Rudiger netted from long range just after the interval. Then, one of the greatest second half performances in club history gave the away fans something to go crazy about.

Four goals cascaded in at The Shed End. Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club. Vitaly Janelt added a brace of his own, including an outrageous chip over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Yoane Wissa rounded things off with a trademark late volley through a crowd. Need we say more?

BRENTFORD 2 ARSENAL 0

The top pick for your moment of the season is our first top-flight game for 74 years. Under the lights in front of a capacity crowd, the world's media watching the very first game of the 21/22 campaign. There was magic in the air.

11 months earlier, Sergi Canos had scored the very first goal at the new stadium in a friendly against Oxford United. It was fitting that he wrote himself into another chapter of Brentford history when he smashed our debut goal in the Premier League beyond Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno in the first half. As he told us at the Player of the Year Awards last month: "my knees are still recovering from the celebration".

With The Gunners creating chances, a second goal was vital. It came from a set piece routine that fans will now be very familiar with. Mads Bech Sorensen launched a long throw into the box, it evaded everyone until Christian Norgaard popped up at the far post to nod a header into the net in front of a perplexed West Stand. The pause, the eruption of sound, the limbs. DJ, cue Freed From Desire.


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