Brentford-Mad's Review of the Season - March

Last updated : 09 June 2005 By Smallsy
With things nicely poised for the Bees at the end of February with a potential place in the FA Cup quarter final looming after an epic game at Saint Mary's Stadium, Southampton and several big performances in the league which had led us to the verge of the playoffs, everything was looking good for Brentford, could the club keep up their momentum this month?

There was no let up this month as our massive reply against Southampton came on the first day of March. Nearly 12,000 people packed into Griffin Park to witness a night they would never forget.

Unfortunately the boys couldn't recreate the magic of the first leg and despite a goal from Hutchinson which gave us great hope we went down to a 3-1 defeat with goals from Crouch and Phillips.

The Saints Premiership class showed through in the end but Martin Allen's team were now more determine than ever to succeed and make the playoffs to put this disapointment behind them, we had played well over the two games and we recieved much praise for our battling performances from all quarters of the football world.

Next it was time to move back onto League matters, because of the FA Cup run we were several games behind our opponents and because of their poor results in our absense we were given oppertunities to catch up and hike our way up into contention for the end of season showpiece's.

First up came a massive game against Colchester at Layer Road, we needed to win to erase bad memories of the cup defeat and aftera tough game, our jaded players won through 1-0 with a goal from Jay Tabb.

The boss was extermely proud of his players and thanked them many times in the press for their excellent efforts in the past few weeks. The players looked very tired and Allen was beginning to worry that extra games would cause his players to 'burn out' before the end of the season.

Up next game Doncaster at Belle Vue, a scrappy game with few chances took place and the final score of 0-0 was deserved but didn't do anything to hlp either sides play off chances.

Back away travelling we went to face Oldham who we dispatched 2-0 to move back to to seventh place, finally back home we drew 2-2 with Chesterfield, a game which we probably deserved to lose it was great to see the Bees pulling out results when they needed them.

Two very unsatisfying results followed as we travelled to Blackpool and were beaten convincingly 2-1 by an understrength tangerine's side. A disapointing result which looked to have harmed out chances of making the playoffs, the manager demanded more from his side but we could only pull out a 0-0 with 'posh at home, a result which Allen felt was once again due to tiredness.

The inconsistency which had blighted our team this month was once again continuing to aid our struggle towards the playoffs, silly results from lapses in concentration are far too frequant within the Brentford side and a position which they looked to be comfortably able to reach was gradually slipping away from us, April was going to be a crucial month and we needed to pick up some big results.