The Highlights Of The Season – 10/5/16

What a season that was and here are my highlights which I will replay in my mind throughout the close season. Please feel free to add your own as there are so many I am sure that some have fallen through the cracks and escaped my attention:

  • Appointing a new Head Coach in Marinus Dijkhuizen who seemed to tick all the boxes
  • Paying a new record transfer fee for Andreas Bjelland
  • The excitement at signing a potential star in Chelsea’s Josh McEachran
  • Bringing in exciting young foreign prospects in Konstantin Kerschbaumer, Yoann Barbet and Andy Gogia
  • Hoping that Ryan Williams might turn into our set piece secret weapon
  • Buying two international strikers, Lasse Vibe and Philipp Hofmann
  • Andre Gray’s brilliant goal scoring form in preseason
  • Jermaine Udumaga scoring his first goal for the club in preseason against Sporting Clube Farense
  • Courtney Senior and Aaron Greene impressing against Boreham Wood
  • Giving Stoke City a football lesson with Gogia running them ragged
  • Thinking for a few weeks that we might manage to hang onto all our stars
  • The injury time comeback against Ipswich culminating in James Tarkowski’s ninety-sixth minute equaliser
  • Youngsters Josh Clarke, Josh Laurent, Jermaine Udumaga and Courtney Senior all making the starting eleven in the Capital One Cup against Oxford United
  • Scoring four times at Bristol City with Gray and Hofmann combining menacingly up front and Philipp Hofmann scoring a goal of true international class
  • Konstantin Kerschbaumer’s back heel at Bristol City which helped set up Alan Judge’s first goal
  • Sticking four goals past our former loanee Ben Hamer
  • Max Colin’s eye-catching debut as a substitute at Burnley
  • Lasse Vibe’s twenty-five yard curler against Reading
  • Sam Saunders making his comeback from injury against Reading
  • Signing Sergi Canos and Marco Djuricin on loan
  • Djuricin’s coolly-taken debut goal at Leeds
  • Uwe Rösler reacting to the attention of the Brentford fans at Leeds
  • Goalkeeper Mark Smith making the bench at Middlesbrough
  • Sergi Canos turning the game as a substitute against Preston
  • Marco Djuricin’s turning his marker and scoring the winner against Preston
  • The first win of the season at Griffin Park
  • David Button’s perfect assist for Alan Judge’s brilliantly taken equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday
  • Alan Judge hitting the bar against Sheffield Wednesday
  • The perfectly timed October international break which allowed Lee Carsley to put the squad through a mini boot camp
  • Beating Rotherham through two wonderful Alan Judge goals
  • Switching my mobile phone back on to learn about our unexpected win at Wolves
  • Our first clean sheet of the season at Wolves
  • Nico Yennaris seizing his opportunity at right back after Max Colin’s injury
  • Playing Charlton off the pitch after an uncomfortable first twenty minutes
  • Alan Judge’s goal and assist at Charlton
  • Alan McCormack hitting the underside of the bar at his old club, Charlton
  • The first win over QPR for fifty years with Marco Djuricin becoming an instant Brentford legend
  • Substitutes Kerschbaumer, Vibe and Hofmann all playing their part in the QPR triumph
  • Lee Carsley reviving our fortunes, leading us to four consecutive wins and winning the October Manager of the Month Award
  • Alan Judge winning the October Sky Bet Player of the Month Award after a series of inspirational displays
  • Brentford’s exceptional first half display against Hull
  • Kerschbaumer’s bending shot against the  post versus Hull
  • Sergi Canos’s first goal for the club against Nottingham Forest
  • Philipp Hofmann’s triple ricochet ninety-sixth minute winner against Nottingham Forest
  • John Swift’s Premier League class goal at Bolton
  • Dean Smith’s appointment as Brentford Head Coach
  • Playing MK Dons off the pitch at Griffin Park in Dean Smith’s first game
  • Outplaying Fulham at Craven Cottage
  • Sitting in the Hammersmith End with the Fulham fans and trying not to cheer us on
  • The deafening noise made by nearly five thousand Brentford fans at Fulham
  • The glorious moment when we thought that Jota had scored a deserved winner
  • Josh McEachran making his Brentford debut at Cardiff and instantly looking at home in our midfield
  • Jake Bidwell’s first goal for the club in his one hundred and eighty-sixth game
  • Forty-five minutes of perfection against Huddersfield
  • Lasse Vibe’s thunderous volley against Huddersfield after Tarkowski’s perfect chip forward
  • Totally outplaying Brighton but the ball refused to go in
  • Our amazing support from three thousand fans at Reading rewarded by Ryan Woods’s first goal for the club from twenty-five yards and the Goal of the Season by Sergi Canos
  • Michael Hector’s second yellow card for a embarrassing dive
  • Nemesis Keith Stroud sending off two opposition players this season
  • Thinking that we had sneaked a point at Birmingham when Hofmann equalised late on
  • Totally outplaying Middlesbrough at Griffin Park
  • The second half display against Burnley – forget about the first half
  • Yoann Barbet’s pass and Alan Judge’s cool finish at Preston
  • THAT save by David Button at Preston which ensured our victory
  • Josh McEachran selling the Leeds attack a dummy and clearing the danger in our penalty area
  • Sam Saunders running at the Leeds defence before scoring
  • The first five minutes at Sheffield Wednesday
  • A wonder goal by Alan Judge against Derby
  • Putting Wolves to the sword again
  • John Swift’s two-goal performance against Wolves
  • Josh McEachran’s slide rule pass to Jake Bidwell before our second goal against Wolves
  • Yoann Barbet’s first goal for the club against Charlton
  • The anticipation and excitement leading up to the visit to Loftus Road
  • Leaving the match early to escape the humiliation on the pitch and our supporters’ behaviour off it
  • Another international break, another opportunity to regroup
  • International caps for Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Alan Judge and Lasse Vibe
  • The relief at winning again after losing four in a row and at Vibe’s opening goal at Nottingham Forest
  • Confidence returning to the squad with a wonderful first half performance against Bolton
  • Nico Yennaris dominating the midfield and demonstrating his quality
  • Lasse Vibe – Goal Machine, after we finally learned how to play to his strengths
  • Alan McCormack and Ryan Woods ensuring that Luke Hyam finally got his just deserts at Ipswich
  • Two brilliantly taken goals by Lasse Vibe at Ipswich
  • Scott Hogan’s return and first goal for the club against Bristol City – another last minute equaliser
  • Hogan winning us the Cardiff match with two more late goals
  • Sergi Canos’s wonderful curling effort at MK Dons
  • Watching Jake Bidwell’s late free kick dribble through the MK Dons defence and bounce perfectly into corner of the net
  • Losing at Hull City – and not really caring as it was simply a match too far
  • The first seven minutes against Fulham
  • Sam Saunders’s lung-bursting run to score the first goal
  • Konstantin Kerschbaumer growing into his role and his perfect through balls for three of Scott Hogan’s goals
  • Totally embarrassing Fulham and comprehensively beating them
  • Tom Field’s remarkably composed debut and assist against Fulham
  • A twenty-one second opening goal at Huddersfield
  • Putting Huddersfield to the sword – yet again
  • Scott Hogan’s clinical finishing with seven goals in under two full games
  • Roy Keane leaving the stadium as soon as Scott was substituted at Huddersfield
  • The massive improvement in our set pieces
  • The renaissance of Josh Clarke
  • Youngsters James Ferry and Reece Cole making the substitutes’ bench
  • Josh Bohui playing for the England Under 17 team
  • Our last nine matches which netted us twenty-two points and twenty-four goals
  • Becoming a real team again on and off the field with club and supporters reunited
  • The influence of Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly taking effect on the squad
  • Playing beautiful pass-and-move football the Brentford way again
  • Two top nine finishes in our first two years back in the Championship
  • Never being in the bottom three of the league table
  • Looking forward eagerly to next season and what it has to bring
  • Our foreign signings developing into excellent players once they had finally adapted to the league
  • Harlee Dean proving to be a real leader and reaching the two-hundred game mark for the club
  • Maxime Colin and Yoann Barbet settling in so well and promising so much
  • Jake Bidwell’s consistency and composure and also reaching the two-hundred game milestone
  • David Button – ever-present and a massive influence
  • Lewis Macleod finally getting onto the pitch, albeit briefly
  • Andreas Bjelland getting close to a full recovery
  • Sam Saunders and Alan McCormack earning new contracts and being a massive positive influence on their less experienced teammates
  • Thinking about the goals Scott Hogan will hopefully score next season
  • Everything about Alan Judge, a career year and such a wonderful player and rightly named as one of the top three players in the Championship and in the team of the season
  • Ryan Woods quietly going about his business and impressing everyone
  • John Swift scoring seven goals in his first real look at the Championship
  • Sergi Canos – an inspiration and perfect example of how a loan player should conduct himself
  • Getting the CPO verdict that helps bring the new stadium at Lionel Road even closer
  • Finishing as Kings of West London and the leading London club outside the Premier League
  • Mark Burridge and his Bees Player team
  • Poetic justice as James Tarkowski did not receive a medal at Burnley’s trophy presentation
  • Matthew Benham, Cliff Crown, Mark Devlin, Phil Giles, Rasmus Ankersen and their teams working so hard, effectively and creatively to ensure that we maintain our edge
  • On a personal level, having Richard Lee and Cliff Crown do book signings and the fantastic response to and reviews of my book

 

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8 thoughts on “The Highlights Of The Season – 10/5/16

  1. My favourite moment of the year was in Abergavenny car park having completed the three peaks walk and finding out we’d won 3-0 at Forest. That moment the clouds blew away and the sunlit uplands were once again revealed. Thanks for this seasons musings Greville.

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    • Favourite moments: The Sergi Canos goal at Reading and Lasse Vibe bringing on his young son to “score” in the Ealing Road end. Thanks to all concerned for a wonderful end to a topsy turvy season.

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  2. Highlight? We’ll probably never know for sure (one for the next book, Greville) but suspect that the change from relegation candidates to top 10 stemmed from two meetings. I seem to remember that two were mentioned, one with just the players after a game when things were going badly wrong, and another between the players and Dean Smith. Presumably these were the initiative of one or more of the senior pros who had been involved with the famous meeting with Uwe Rossler a couple of seasons earlier.
    The ‘lads’ aren’t daft, are they?
    Wonderful end to a weird season.

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    • Maybe, maybe not.

      Words are easy and cheap and it’s easy to players to say what they think is expected of them.

      I believe there was a player meeting before QPR and that didn’t work very well!

      Actions speak far louder and I think it took time for the new ideas from the coach to sink in and the luck turned in our favour too thus ensuring that we grew in confidence.

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    • No problem with him. I liked him when he was with us and I really enjoyed us sticking the ball past him four times too. Nothing personal. He was determined to do well for his new club against an old one and we were too good on the day.

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  3. Footballing highlight I guess has to be the goal and victory over QPR, that meant / means everything to me.

    My general highlight may seem weird. it was the season finally ending, not for any negative reasons, but for the sense of relief that the club and team came through it. And that the manner in which we did this provided the evidence that the club was in a better place than I had realised. The season was necessary and cleansing, a stepping stone from a good place to somewhere potentially much better.

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