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Well, that was predictable. Very similar to the home game v City, they could've been 3-0 up by the break, Dobbo got torn apart by Brown all afternoon and Bees were hanging on in the first half. 4mins in, Brown got inside Dobbo, floated in a cross and it was an easy header 1-0. City started to take the piss a bit then instead of making the game safe. First half ended with a bit of Bees pressure.

Second half Bees came out a lot better, Rougier had a great game slaloming past defenders as usual and Tabb came into the game a little more...looked like we wouldn't score though until Hunt (or possibly Tabb) took a quick free kick and Eddie H glanced a header past their keeper...cue Bees going mental and the stupid, smug 14 yr old City fans the other side of the fence shutting up.

But as usual, we were so close but blew it. City free kick by the corner flag whipped in, pinball in the area until Hill put it in. In stoppage time a punt out of defence sent Lita clear and he made it 3-1. I felt the Bees deserved a point but the officials gave us nothing all afternoon and when you're at the top everything goes for you.

Gutted.
 

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Will Bee said:
the officials gave us nothing all afternoon

The FiveLive reporter said that the linesman was generous to us and gave several City attacks as offside when they probably weren't. He also said the Brentford defence was "shambolic".
 
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Will Bee said:

Second half Bees came out a lot better, Rougier had a great game slaloming past defenders as usual and Tabb came into the game a little more...looked like we wouldn't score though until Hunt (or possibly Tabb) took a quick free kick and Eddie H glanced a header past their keeper...cue Bees going mental and the stupid, smug 14 yr old City fans the other side of the fence shutting up.

At the risk of being pedantic I think it was Dobbo. A very brave peformance from us, I feel so, so gutted :(. At least a few City fans have acknowledged we play well. Ah, what could have been...
 

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Gutted but not ashamed!!! Brentford til i die!
 
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Well, Dobbo and Tabb look very similar to be fair! Must have missed that one.

Brave performance is spot on...a shame the players didn't come over at the end - they deserved a clap.

Even so, one win in 13 isn't really enough, and it's getting very very close down there.

If we only we could've held on for TWO minutes...
 

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We were caught cold for their first, the ball seemed to break quite luckily for their winger who put over a good cross for an easy finish.

They had a few shots and half chances during the balance of the first half and we did not create that much but I reckon that 1-0 at HT was about right. Tommy Wright showed his true striking prowess by refusing a golden opportunity when he was clean through and instead trying to pass to Rougier.

First twenty minutes of the second half we could hardly string two passes together and the front two could not hold up the ball but BC were also quite poor. Then we got going and the equaliser was deserved after a few minutes of pressure + we started to pass the ball around.

Then................ total balls up by Julian (dodgy on crosses and his punching is poor) and the whole defence. Not sure if I can watch this one on TV tomorrow. Peters stupidly lost the ball when it was easy to lay it off to an unmarked Hunt which set up their breakaway third. The ref as usual was a plonker (seen this particular plonker too many times before) and the free kick that led to their second was very harse.

Tactics.

Jay Tabb playing a bit deeper worked and Jay/Eddie did quite well all afternoon

Kevin up front again!!! Do me a favour. Even if he had a chance then unlikely he would score.

Wright. Waste of time. Gets caught in possession time and time again and does not work for the team (prima donna). His unwillingness to go for goal in the first half sums him up. May, Matty Harrold or Lloyd all look better bets to me.

Dobbo was done for pace all game but most would be against Brown. Kitamarika and Sonko played too far apart in the first half and it is obvious that Sonko/Frampton are our best centre back pairing.

Everything was going through Tony R in the second half and we looked good.

Danny Wilson made two positive substitutions. Wally as usual simply replaced a lethargic Wright with Peters when we were one down. OK we got back into it but at 1-1 against a team that had won their previous seven games then sticking on say Hughes and leaving one up front might have got us a point. But no "One point is no good, you might as well go for the three". Wally, fine if we were in mid table but one point might be the difference between staying up or going down this season. When we got back to 1-1 we should have shut up shop and it should be directions from the manager that prompt this but sadly this never seems to happen to us.

Roll on next Saturday but the bottom four beckons.
 

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Will Bee said:
Well, Dobbo and Tabb look very similar to be fair! Must have missed that one.

Brave performance is spot on...a shame the players didn't come over at the end - they deserved a clap.

Even so, one win in 13 isn't really enough, and it's getting very very close down there.

If we only we could've held on for TWO minutes...

Not much point in the players coming over was there, because when the third goal went there was a ****ing massive exodus, still I suppose you were all going to see the same west end show, something I could understand if we were crap. The way the lads played today was a credit apart from two exceptions I wont name them they know who they are. Thank s to the loyal fans that could be botherd to applaud the team off, as I made my way to the exit, they were the faces that one would expect to stay till the end.
 

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We were caught cold for their first, the ball seemed to break quite luckily for their winger who put over a good cross for an easy finish.

They had a few shots and half chances during the balance of the first half and we did not create that much but I reckon that 1-0 at HT was about right. Tommy Wright showed his true striking prowess by refusing a golden opportunity when he was clean through and instead trying to pass to Rougier.

First twenty minutes of the second half we could hardly string two passes together and the front two could not hold up the ball but BC were also quite poor. Then we got going and the equaliser was deserved after a few minutes of pressure + we started to pass the ball around.

Then................ total balls up by Julian (dodgy on crosses and his punching is poor) and the whole defence. Not sure if I can watch this one on TV tomorrow. Peters stupidly lost the ball when it was easy to lay it off to an unmarked Hunt which set up their breakaway third. The ref as usual was a plonker (seen this particular plonker too many times before) and the free kick that led to their second was very harse.

Tactics.

Jay Tabb playing a bit deeper worked and Jay/Eddie did quite well all afternoon

Kevin up front again!!! Do me a favour. Even if he had a chance then unlikely he would score.

Wright. Waste of time. Gets caught in possession time and time again and does not work for the team (prima donna). His unwillingness to go for goal in the first half sums him up. May, Matty Harrold or Lloyd all look better bets to me.

Dobbo was done for pace all game but most would be against Brown. Kitamarika and Sonko played too far apart in the first half and it is obvious that Sonko/Frampton are our best centre back pairing.

Everything was going through Tony R in the second half and we looked good.

Danny Wilson made two positive substitutions. Wally as usual simply replaced a lethargic Wright with Peters when we were one down. OK we got back into it but at 1-1 against a team that had won their previous seven games then sticking on say Hughes and leaving one up front might have got us a point. But no "One point is no good, you might as well go for the three". Wally, fine if we were in mid table but one point might be the difference between staying up or going down this season. When we got back to 1-1 we should have shut up shop and it should be directions from the manager that prompt this but sadly this never seems to happen to us.

Roll on next Saturday but the bottom four beckons.

Wally cant be blamed this time, ifs and buts dont mean anything, the case today was we were worth a point. Sitting back on leads in previous away games has cost us dear. Today was just so unlucky, if we play like this for the rest odf the season we should make it.
 

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Agree with WWB.
Very unlucky to finish without at least a point but a performance to be proud of.
Missed Ben May; he might have been the differencce today IMHO.

BC could have wrapped it up in the first half but the 2nd half was all Bees and the least we deserved was a point :sad: , acknowledged by Danny Wilson on BBC Bristol on the way home.

Play like last week and today v QPR and I sense a "welcome" 3 points next Sat :) Bring it on :wave:
 

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Based on the number of chances, Bristol deserved to win. But chances alone don't win games, of course, and we were probably a goalmouth scramble away from a point. If the ball hadn't somehow gone in for their 2nd, I reckon we would have held on, the 3rd was just a quick counter-attack that worked because we had so many men upfield: I don't blame them for that, there's no point in playing for a 2-1 defeat.

Hutch's header was the first shot on target I saw, admittedly I arrived after 3 minutes and apparently Sonko had a good header before then.

It's quite reassuring that we can *almost* grind out a point, away to a decent team on top form. If we can win the so-called easier games, we should be alright! A bloke in the pub afterwards said he was much more impressed with the amount of spirit we showed, than Chesterfield when they were down there (also 1-0 at half time, but 4-0 by the end).

At least we didn't do QPR any favours :)
 
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Pretty much agree with what you guys have all been writing on here. First half you had spells, but over all we had by far the best of it with a good number of good chances not converted.

It very nearly came back to haunt us after your quick free kick. (but contary to what one of you said the City fans didn't shut up then- the response was actually chorous after chorous of "City 'till I Die" and various others!! he he. Anyway, I thought you had done enough at that point as our forward play had gone off the boil. But we did what we have been doing recently- grinding out results and scoring late goals.

Hill's goal was a mad scramble but eventually went in. Then a clean break with Roberts feeding 19 year old Leroy Lita, who scored the 2 past you at Griffin Park on boxing day- 19, not a start all season, but 4 goals! :D

We possibly deserved the 3 points, but we very nearly slipped up. You guys didn't look bad to be fair, Rougier pacy and powerful was a threat.

As far as we're concerned we didn't play well but got the 3 points. 3-1 was flattering though.

Good luck for the rest of the season
 

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Before City scored, Sonko had a free header from a corner but headed well over. Should have done better. Miller scored for City with a close-range, well executed diving header on 4 minutes. They then missed three or four good chances, putting a free kick inches over, and Julian saving a one-on-one with Miller. Brentford played fairly well for the rest of the half, with no real chances, and gave the ball away far too easily. Kevin O'Connor was through on goal at one point, but for some reason decided to pass to Wright.

Second half, Brentford were the better team, starting brightly, passing well, and could have equalised if the referee had been a a bit fairer (it's true, he gave us nothing all afternoon...and the reason they had so many offsides is because we play the offside trap so well). We equalised on 77 minutes, Hunt playing in a free kick from the corner of the box, and Hutchinson glancing a header past Phillips. Brentford fans, including myself, go mental. We should have had a penalty about 2 minutes later, a blatant handball going unnoticed by the Bristol City fan, and match referee, D. Pugh. Bristol City then scored on 88 minutes from a corner. About 6 headers preceded the goal, no Bees defender could clear it, until it was eventually headed into the roof of the net by Hill. Brentford, shellshocked, conceded a third in injury time, Lita scoring after a one-on-one with Julian.

Julian 6, Dobson 5, Bull 7, Sonko 6, Kitamirike 5, Hunt 7, Rougier 8, Tabb 7, Hutchinson 6, Wright 4, O'Connor 5.
 

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I was impressed by our performance today, we played some decent stuff and were unlucky to not grab a point or maybe even 3. We were under the gosh at the start of the first half but came back and Rougier and O'connor both had chances to level it up but after such a bad half i was pleased to go in only 1 down. The second half was an improvement on the first with everytime we went forward looking likely to cause problems. The goal came as no suprise to me and sent me mad just like the other 400 bees fans. It was so nice to shut those fools on the other side of the fence quiet. We then for 5 minutes looked like we could grab all 3 points, Peters looked lively and i thought maybe had a penalty when their lad hand balled. Not to be and Julien HAS TO LEARN TO CATCH A BALL. he decides to punch every time. Full credit to the bees and if we show the commiment and desire and quality of footie we showed today we're stay up. Must say that the atnosphere created by brizzle city fans was very impressive but when us bees fans decided to sing we matched them :)
Bring on ROWLANDS :D
 

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I stayed to the end, but I'm sure many of my other comments won't please the diehards.

Bristol City are obviously a better team and not in the money troubles we are. We were nowhere near as poor in the second half. However, that is not good to watch. We missed May who I've always rated. O'Connor is not a forward. Wright did not play at all well - when he doesn't goet the ball he gesticulates like a spolit brat. Dobson was done for pace all afternoon, Wilson obviously has sussed how slow he is. In the first half their attacks were like a chainsaw through warm butter - we could easily have been 4 down. I heard City fans afterwards saying they thought we played well in the second half. Julian has to learn how to deal with crosses - he is very poor on them and this could be the sort of factor which gets us relegated. Also re-Rougier everyone raves about him and he is good at fooling players and beating them, but I reckon he flatters to deceive, in many games I've seen he doesn't really do enough real damage for my liking. However, nearly pulled off a 1-1 draw.
 

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Im gutted.
The defending was a complete shambols and having see the goals on TV now every one of there goals was done to sloppy play at the back.
O'Connor and Wright were very poor today, but I thought that Hutchinson and Rougier were excellent.
Tabb and Hutch seem to work well together, but all in all we did not really deserve a point.
 

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Greenford Bee said:
Tommy Wright showed his true striking prowess by refusing a golden opportunity when he was clean through and instead trying to pass to Rougier.
That was Kevin O'Connor, not Tommy Wright.

I thought we played well today but never got the rub of the green, whether it was the ref spotting our handballs but not theirs, or the game of pinball in our box at the end resulting in a goal not a clearance. We badly missed Ben May. If he isn't fit next week, I'd start with Peters alongside O'Connor, as something is clearly not right about Tommy at the moment.
 
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Well I left on 90mins so didn't clap the team off. As such I feel ashamed to call myself a bee, and got my just deserts as some worzel almost broke my jaw for no reason on the way out :bound: :bound:
That will learn me :nono:
 

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Edmundo said:
. If he isn't fir next week, I'd start with Peters alongside O'Connor, as something is clearly not right about Tommy at the moment.

But O'Connor's not a striker!!!
 
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Never before commented on a match I haven't attended but some worrying trends are emerging

- we don't defend properly particularly at set pieces see B City (home), Plymouth (A), Tranmere (H) , Port Vale (H), B City (A)

- we have a young inexperienced keeper who is costing us goals and points. He should be learning his trade in the reserves not in the first team in a relegation scrap and his potential replacement is even less experienced - great !

- we defend too deep maybe becuase they don't trust the keeper

- no on pitch leaders or organising

- A harsh summary of yesterday is that we fought hard to stay in a game that we could have been well behind in, got a good opportunist goal out of nowhere and then didn't have the bottle or organisational skill to hold on for a crucial point

- we are blunt up front even taking into account the poor service. May will at least hold the ball up but something serious is up with Wright and someone needs to get inside his head as he is currently a passenger

- I have never been a Peters fan as I have always felt that he has never done himself any favours but perhaps now is the time to see if he can do the job (which isn't JUST scoring goals but also running the line)

- Harrold when fit might combine well with May and I feel that Rhodes has something about him

- where will our proposed new midfield leader play - with Hutch or instead of him as we need Tabb's creativity there

Sorry for the negativity bit I really don't want to be playing Chester next season
 

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Can't be arsed to write a report so here are a few observations:

- We badly missed Ben May up front. Wright had an absolute shocker and clearly thinks himself to be far better than he actually is.

- O'Connor is a decent enough player but he's not a striker and his confidence ahs hit rock bottom. If May is fit for the Rangers game, I'd like to see him up front with Peters, who has faults but still has something about him.

- Alan Julian is capable of pulling off some excellent reflex stops, but his insistence on punching the ball at almost every opportunity is infuriating, especially since he doesn't appear to be any good at it, and possibly cost us the game.

- Without ever looking that dangerous, we battled hard in the second half and the much maligned midfield were superb.

- We deseerved a point.
 

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Guildford Bee said:
- We deseerved a point.

Agree with this.
I was delighted with our 2nd half performance, maybe i`m too easily pleased - i dunno - but whenever the Bees are battling 110% i`m happy, and I thought v Bristol we gave a great account of ourselves in the 2nd half.....superb vocal backing too.

If we have Ben May fit next Sat we`ve got the ammunition to win :wave:
 

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It sounds like we're doing a lot better than before, certainly seems that way from the home performances. I think we should send Tommy Wright back to Leicester, he'll be one of the 'sh*t for us, good for them' brigade, bet he is good to the next team he goes to.

We need to beat the bottom four at home, if we don't I think it's Division Three.

It's probably not that Julian is bad at crosses, more that we are bad at letting opposing teams cross the ball. The goal Wrexham scored a while back was like that.
 

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We didn't really deserve a point, but we nearly got one. This wasn't a game we needed anything from - we've got much easier ones which will be the real test. Would have been a great 'bonus' point though.

Defence was a shambles, but for some poor finishing and City trying to walk the ball in we could have been 3 down after half an hour.

Midfield is steadily improving though - I'll certainly have some of that humble pie re. Hutch.

Tommy Wright wasn't rubbish - but then if the argument is based on it being him that passed when one on one (when, as Ed said, it was O'Connor) and him not tracking back (which he did tons of) then it's not really an argument.

O'Connor isn't an out-and-out centre forward and I like to think Wally wouldn't have played him if May was fit.

To concede with two minutes left was gutting, and the way Julian flapped at the free-kick was worrying, but we have played much, much worse this season. Second half we made a team that are right up there, with a much better squad and bang in form, work very hard for a home victory. The 3rd was only down to us throwing everything forward in injury time.

6 points from 36 or whatever it is is also worrying, but beat the teams below us and we'll be fine. Those are becoming HUGE games though.
 
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