It was a cloudy day in West London as Brentford took on Huddersfield in front of their 2nd best league crowd this season of 7703. Brentford brought back Jay Tabb and Stewart Talbot returned in place of John Salako and Scott P Fitzgerald. Being St. George’s Day several red and white balloons were let off.
The game started slowly and as was expected Pawel Abbott, Huddersfield top scorer, was the biggest threat on goal.
On 25 minutes Huddersfield nearly took the lead through Pawel Abbott but Nelson managed to get the ball wide. However he could have held onto the ball but it kept them out all the same.
However in the next minute Huddersfield took the lead. Sam Sodje and Michael Turner were involved in a mix-up which put Pawel Abbott through on goal. Abbott lobbed Nelson and the ball landed in the net. (Brentford 0-1 Huddersfield). When the shot came in from where I was standing it looked as if the ball was going just wide but it curled in.
Sam Sodje was booked for allegedly fouling Tom Clarke. It looked a harsh decision especially as it looked as if he had got the ball but the foot might have been high. Clarke looked as if he had been shot.
Brentford looked for an equaliser but Rankin missed a great chance to level it up and he had a header saved as well. Tabb had his run smothered by Rachubka.
The teams went in at half time at 0-1. At half time the presentations to the Brentford youth teams were given and the walkers handed their cheque in. Congratulations to them.
Martin Allen must have given his players a massive telling off because they came out with more passion. Talbot was booked for a rash challenge.
Brentford brought on Scott P. Fitzgerald on for Marcus Gayle and then Salako for Tabb. While Huddersfield brought on Schofield for Ahmed and then brought on Brown for Adams. One crazy Brentford fan threw a lighter at one of the substitutes.
Andy Booth was booked for a cynical challenge. After the challenge he went down again as if he had been attacked.
The game then became a bit more violent Rankin, Adams and Fowler were booked in a matter of minutes. The Brentford fans were fast becoming annoyed with the referee.
Brentford threw Sam Sodje forward as their emergency striker and even had Nelson going forward when Brentford won corners. But it was not to bee for the bees and they succumbed to their first home league defeat of the year.
After the match one fan said something, I don’t know that was said, to Stuart Talbot and he snapped at him. It took the assistant manager, the physio and Ademola Bankole to wrestle Talbot off while the fan was arrested.
S Nelson, K O'Connor, S Sodje, M Turner, A Frampton, I Rankin, D Pratley, S Talbot, J Tabb (75 J Salako) , D Burton, M Gayle (66 S Fitzgerald)
Subs: A Bankole, A Myers, J Salako, J Lawrence, S Fitzgerald
P Rachubka, A Holdsworth, T Clarke, D Mirfin, J McCombe, D Adams (87 N Brown) , L Fowler, A Ahmed (71 D Schofield) , C Brandon, A Booth, P Abbott
Subs: A Lloyd, D Schofield, J McAliskey, P Senior, N Brown
Ref: P Taylor
Brentford 49% - 51% Huddersfield
Brentford 8-4 Huddersfield
Brentford 7-2 Huddersfield