The calmest person on the planet, aka Daniel Farke, said following the Brentford match…
I am still annoyed about several decisions against us. My feeling is we were more or less not allowed to win.
Strong words from our Daniel indeed. And very atypical of the man, it must be said.
When you have three then surely you should get one, but I can live with those (penalties not awarded). I can’t live with the situation with Teemu (Pukki). That was 100 per cent a penalty, a foul, and (if we score it) we go into the lead. You might also speak about a red card. I am not here asking for cards, but you have to be honest
So that’s three refs in a row for us who have been less than exceptional. From what I can ascertain the Bees’ fans were equally scathing about the performance of Gavin Ward, Short of demanding Lee Mason every match I don’t know what we can do about it.
Yes, I know we lost in that crazy game against WBA but Mr Mason was excellent that day.
With all that considered I think, deep down, most of us will be happy to have returned from West London with a point given the stresses of collective tiredness and individual injury under which we have been operating of late.
I am sure fatigue was a contributory factor to the muscular injuries picked up by both Marco Stiepermann and Alex Tettey. And from what I’ve seen (which is quite a bit) Brentford looked a very decent side indeed.
Farke stuck when he might have twisted in terms of team selection, but with nearly two weeks until the next Championship match, he must have thought it was worth the risk of putting out the team that he did.
However, I have to agree with the many calls that are already coming from every type of media for Farke to give what’s left of our first-team regulars a break against Portsmouth in the FA Cup this Saturday.
It’s not as straightforward as saying “it’s only the Cup – we’re concentrating on the League and if we devalue the integrity of a knock-out competition by fielding a weakened team, so be it”.
By his own definition, Farke is a big fan of the cup competitions but some of our regulars need a rest against Portsmouth.
Stiepermann and Tettey will definitely be getting said break but we are yet to find out who else might benefit. I would suggest that with Jordan Rhodes, Grant Hanley, Michael McGovern, Ivo Pinto and Tom Trybull all more than capable and in need of minutes and Kenny McLean previously pencilled in to return in this fixture, there is plenty of scope to allow a bit of R&R.
And why not pop a few Under-23s on the bench, even if only to give them some experience of the big match atmosphere. I have only seen Adam Idah play once and would love to see him again, even if it is only a late cameo.
Those to benefit from aforementioned R&R might well include Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell, Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann, Max Aarons and… Tim Krul.
Now Krul has come in for a largely unjustified amount of stick from certain quarters ever since his arrival in NR1. Sure he makes the odd mistake – what keeper doesn’t? – but he pulled off a couple of worldies at Griffin Park. If that performance doesn’t silence his detractors, then nothing will.
They say things come in threes and that occurred once again on Tuesday in that we had three of the back four booked before half-time and ended up with three strikers on the pitch in Pukki, Rhodes and Dennis Srbeny, who of course could have snatched victory right at the end but instead dragged a tame shot wide of the far post.
On reflection, this match was an exemplary case of a well-deserved draw for both sides and I have no complaints.
And talking of complaints Farke did add that he felt that referee Ward did his best, so I don’t expect any FA charges to follow.
I wonder what our buddies Chris and Colin would have said. Hmm.
At the risk of gloating and being repetitive surely there can never be a better time to conclude with Mind the Gap.
It’s 34 points now I believe. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.