With many of the Monday night wounds still sore, I wont need to remind Brentford fans of the last few minutes of the QPR game which saw a thoroughly cataclysmic collapse.
Dean Smith has pointed fingers at Romaine Sawyers pulling out of a challenge and the poor officiating, some pundits have blamed the poor, almost comical defending that has been a theme of the last few seasons while most fans are in horror that we have already lost 18 points from winning positions this season. Keep all of those points, and we would be second in the league.
This result isn’t the only appalling late slip from the team this season. A dominant performance against Bristol City, where we would’ve been out of sight had we been able to hit the back of the net with a hatful of chances, saw a 98th minute equaliser deny us of our first win of the season.
This Brentford team is both extremely talented and supported by a strong team of backroom staff, which makes it all the more confusing that we cant shut out these games.
The general consensus that I have seen is that our problems stem from two key areas.
Firstly, the decision making has been atrocious. After conceding the first goal on Monday, we rushed to restart the game and gave the ball away almost immediately.
I am always very hesitant to blame a manager for the mistakes of players, but Dean Smith took off Sergi Canos, who was our best player on the night, and Lasse Vibe, who was on a hat trick and in some of the best form that he has seen for some time.
We had Chris Mepham and Josh McEachran on the bench who could both have controlled the game better when we were 2-0 up, but instead we brought on two attacking players who were never going to help the team to protect the lead.
This leads to the second reason; we seem to have no real leaders in the team. No one was able to step up and pull the team together after the first goal, we just collapsed straight away once more.
Nico Yennaris and Dan Bentley both are loud but don’t have the armband to go with the voice. John Egan is too busy organising a haphazard defence to pull the squad together most of the time.
I assume that a lot of people disagree with me on this point, and I would love to be proved wrong on Saturday against Fulham.
It is the chance for the players to right their wrongs of Monday night, and give the fans something to cheer about after the plethora of significantly disappointing moments we have seen so far this season.
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