The following report is kindly provided by The Pipe.
A game under lights, some wonderful free flowing passing, delightful interchanges fantastic goal, player sent off and a late late equaliser. For the uncommitted last night that was a game to savour.
The match started with both teams trying to establish dominance with some early pressure from Colchester, there No 15 ( on loan from Bolton?) trying to impose himself on Karleigh who stood up to him well and for the majority of the game out muscled him. Then after 15/20 mins Brentford clicked into gear. Fantastic flowing football from all over the pitch. One touch passing, the ball laid off for others in and around the penalty area. The real Weston turning up and a brilliant reaction save from their keeper from Bean after some wonderful work on the left from young Adams.
How the score at half time remained goalless mystified everyone, the conversations around the ground all were of the same opinion, this is what football should be about and as similar to last season as a Lada to a Rolls Royce. Surely we will take the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half and come away with the win we deserved.
Second half started replicating the start of the match, early pressure from Colchester and then the Bees taking control. Weston continued to worry the Colchester defence, Mcginn on the opposite wing whilst Donaldson held up the ball and Bean put his head in where it hurts. Colchester attack Bees break it up and the ball is played to Weston, with the outside of his foot he curls the ball around the Colchester defender to allow Clayton to run at goal, using all his strength he holds off the defender, would he be hacked down? No he stops, turns and then curls the ball round the keeper. In my opinion one of the best goals I have seen for a number of years and had that been the Prem one we would see countless times. Queue fantastic celebrations.
Colchester changed their personnel and then Adams went down with an injury to be replaced by Wood, this seemed to unsettle our defence who began to play with less control and reverted to hitting the ball long to the tireless Donaldson. Colchester began to batter us being physical in the challenge and it required a couple of great saves from Lee to keep us in control. Despite the high work rate from Colchester we continued to attack and create chances with Weston being a real thorn in the flesh for the Colchester defence who determined the only way to stop him was a 2 footed foul. Weston down pole axed and writhing around the ground, Ref instantly produces a red, Rosler incandescent with rage ready to deck the Colchester player who has to be escorted off by their physio.
Weston gets to his feet and the game restarts however Weston obviously is damaged and is replaced by Grella, whether Weston is fit for Sat I should think is unlikely. However 10 mins to go we have an extra player yet it is Colchester on the front foot, a dubious? Free kick in the last few minutes and a fantastic strike into the top corner, (He will practice that time after time and I doubt will better that goal, dip and pace and curl)l We still had time to win the game but it was not to be as good defending from Colchester ensured they went away with a share of the spoils.
Difficult to be churlish after that performance but it is even clearer that we need another striker, we cannot remain wasteful in front of goal and expect to achieve success. I am sure that Rosler is aware of this as everyone else and would expect the situation to be rectified when he has found the player he determines is most suited.
Last night’s game was a real joy and if this is the fare we are to be offered this season then it will be a real joy to come to GP. In Donaldson we have the player we have all been crying out for, strong, physical, fast and skilful. Last night’s performance would have to go a long way to be bettered it was the epitome of what a centre forward is all about. Most definitely my Man of the match. The rest of the team all played well and it would be difficult to criticise anyone. Adams had an excellent debut and I can imagine with him as one attacking defender and Logan the other a number of teams will get the fright of their lives.
Weston had probably his best game this season and Mcginn finally convinced me that he has real ability. The Spaniard in defence was a colossus but at the same time very cool and collected, delightful short weighted passes and the cross field balls to Weston mmmm lovely, on that performance Legge will not automatically return to the team. I do believe he was fortunate however not to get a card for his 2 footed studs up tackle, mind you summed up the ref as we got the free kick and the Colchester player got the booking!!
As a natural pessimist my expectations regarding Brentford are get 52 points asap and then see what happens, strangely I am feeling excited by what is happening we saw the style of play that Rosler is looking for which is a joy to behold, as players are brought in they are an improvement on those already here or have a different perspective to their game. We are most definitely missing another striker but with that position taken care of we are producing a squad that has the capabilities of finishing in the top 6. It is by no means the finished article and along the way there will be some alarming hiccups and whilst Brentford supporters need to show patience when it goes wrong, as it will from time to time, those lapsed ones need to return and watch not the revolution but more the evolution that is happening, sit back and enjoy the ride.
As a final note I thought last night epitomised the difference in man management this season. Rosler will bark out orders and make it very clear when not happy, he will also praise when it goes well, his reaction when Weston was hacked down showed real passion, thank you 4th official!! And the cuddle for every player as they were subbed indicates that we have a happy camp and I imagine the players are enjoying the freedom and support they are being given: very different times at GP.
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