- Football League One
- 01 January 2013
- Att: Robinson
- Ref: 8059
THE STARTING 11
FRANCIS | ELPHICK | COOK | DANIELS
PUGH | ARTER | O’KANE | FOGDEN
GRABBAN | PITMAN
ON THE BENCH:
JALAL, PARTINGTON, MCQUOID, McDERMOTT, HUGHES, TUBBS, FLETCHER
67 MCQUOID>PITMAN 78 TUBBS>GRABBAN
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#afcb today – thoroughly impressed with the team and support. Deserved to win.
Uwe Rosler seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder about #afcb. Kept banging on about finances in interview.
As much as #afcb fans are saying we were poor today (which we were) you still weren’t good enough to beat us… #brentfordfc
How did #AFCB not win today? We were all over Brentford – but those are the games you need to win if you’re champions. They were poor.
Nice way to see in the new year. Superb defensive performance today, Great support too #afcb #brentford are a decent outfit. #wafc up next!
Unlucky draw for afcb today! Deserved to win it in all honesty #AFCB
A FANS VIEW
GROCKLEFREE’S VIEW ON THE LATEST GAME
SIZE ISN’T EVERYTHING
I LOVE away days!! Home games are good – but making the effort to travel knowing that you are going to shout until you are hoarse (and out-sing a home crowd) – brings an extra element to the day. I was being picked up at 10 and had done all the research that is needed to make an ok trip into something memorable – I’d found the closest pub to the ground that were ok with away fans. Sure, we did have to walk past 4 pubs to get there, but it was well worth the wait. When we arrived it was empty (it had only just turned 12) but when we left it was heaving with AFCB support, all hoping to bring 3 points to the seaside.
Now some of the more harsh of you have queried whether I write any notes during the game as some passages of play can be sketchy. While I continue to hide my hurt, I will admit that for this game notes are scarce. Not because of the pre-match beers, but because there were so few clear cut chances, especially in the first half.
Both teams seemed to have got over-worried by the pre-match hype of their equally impressive runs and were treating each other with the utmost respect. Players from both sides were quickly harried when receiving the ball and although Bournemouth did edge the exchanges it wasn’t until the 28th minute that either keeper had a real save to make, a long range shot from Pugh.
Brentford started to come back into it after that but it wasn’t due to their own play but due to our own sloppy play. Too often a midfield pass would go astray and worse came from the clearances from the back. I’m not sure whether in training they learn to just hoof the ball as far as they can – but rarely in the last 15 minutes did such a clearance fall to a Bournemouth player. This gave Brentford the platform to go forward but while Elphick and Cook were performing their usual heroics, Brentford were restricted to long range shots – including a shot that just narrowly missed the post after more Arter sloppyness.
Half time 0-0 – Probably a fair result
I would guess that the average height of the Brentford players to be 6 feet 5 but the Brentford management clearly didn’t think this was enough as the subs came on to boost the average to nearly 7 feet. It was like watching stilt men play the borrowers – but the borrowers didn’t buckle, in fact they flourished – except for when Daniels tried to hit over the tallest wall ever created for a free kick late on – honestly, why bother with a shot Messi couldn’t perform.
On 52 minutes Fogden had a shot blocked to Pitman whose instinctive shot was arrowing towards the goal before being cleared off the line. On 65 minutes Pugh had a header just wide before possibly the best chance of the game on 70 minutes. Grabban did some excellent work down the left and squared the ball to McQuoid. McQuoid missed the ball but it went through to Fogden. “Hit it” came the cry from the 1400 or so travelling fans. Instead of that though, he performed a Ronaldo-esque 17 step overs before passing to McQuoid, on his own, in the middle of the goal. His shot went wide – “oh blast” we thought, or something like that.
There was still time for Fogden to dither again as he ran through and refused to shoot before the time that Arter finally made his mark on the game in a positive way, and not in attack, as you might be expecting.
Brentford were a good side and they put us under a lot of pressure. I haven’t described all their chances as they were mostly long range but there was one move that started on the left that resulted in the ball being squared to an on-rushing midfielder. We were all hoping for a piece of James’ magic but it wasn’t required as, out of nowhere, Arter slid in and magnificently blocked the powerhouse shot. A truly great challenge that if mis-timed, would have almost certainly resulted in further punishment for the card happy midfielder.
Summary – Before the game I would have been happy with an away point against a very good side like Brentford. I know that Brentford DID have their chances, but I can’t help but feel that this is a match that got away. Promotions aren’t won in January but bearing in mind who we were playing and what form they were in – I can see us going from strength to strength as there were periods that you would have been hard pressed to guess which was the home team. One final word, for the supporters. They were MAGNIFICENT. Cheering and chanting throughout the game, totally out-singing the home crowd despite being out-numbered 5 to 1