Brentford 1 - 1 - Forest - The Fanzone View

Last updated : 18 January 2006 By Smallsy
Walking away from Griffin Park last night, the theme for the sucessful London Olympic bid rang out. I felt it was paticularily ponderous and the song asks 'What have you done today to make you feel proud?'.

The answer for Brentford football club was quite a lot.

Despite the disapointing result, the performance and effort from Brentford was excellent. Forgetting the disapointing finishing and the position of Nottingham Forest I don't believe that other than another goal there was much more than Martin Allen could have asked of his Brentford team.

The boss appears to be building and delivering the fans a sucessful unit and an enjoyable side who plays attractive football, devoid of results Brentford can be very proud of what they showed the 9,000 or so fans last night.

The cold night in West London started off badly as a mistake by the goalkeeper led to a free kick however the excellent crowd as ever inspired the Bees to for 75 minutes lay siege on the Forest goal opening the door only once but banging continuousely without profit.

Positive performances from at least seven or eight of his team, must be of delight to the manager who knows that he can also call on youth to back him up throught this 'campaign'. Tabb as ever looked excellent and just needs to add goals and that little extra piece of magic on the edge of the box to become a Bees legend.

Dj Campbell as well looks to be another shrewd Allen no league purchase as his pace was a constant threat and his twisting runs left the Nottingham club dizzy, with increased composure and a bit more luck DJ is sure to add to his tally before the end of the season.

Sam Sodje once more continues to prove that he is a class above the rest and one of if not the best defender in this league. Never paniced, pacey and creative Sam is a threat at corners and would not look out of place in the Brentford midfield if Allen decided to utilise him in a new role.

Worrying however the performance of Michael Turner was dismaying bad, content with pulling shirts and climbing all over his man constantly it is a wonder how he did not give at least fourty free kicks away. Thank heavens for O'Connor, Frampton and the aforementioned Nigerian who covered his back and prevented Forest having a sniff apart from set pieces in the second half.

Brentford still need to work on several issues paticularily the useage of Gayle and Rankin as wingers may need to be changed. Tillen did well when he came on and prehaps this could be the answer to teh often asked question in the stands,

"Why won't they cross it in!"

Though if Allen believes that he is playing his best team by using an eleven with two out of position then who are we to question his judgement.

The future looks bright for the Bees despite trailng the leaders, with some continued impressive results away from home and some more cut and thrust in home performances the playoffs are in sight for the red and whites from Griffin Park.