Saturday, 19 November 2011

Brentford 0 v Charlton Athletic 1

First win at Griffin Park in 31 years. I was there last time (also a 1-0 win) but missed today and am kicking myself (makes mental note for Walsall). Sixth win in succession and the next game promises to be a classic when we attempt to break Huddersfield Town's record unbeaten league sequence which they extended today at home to Notts County. An historic match against Huddersfield? Who'd-a-thought-it?

Those who were there today, or who listened in to the commentary will know that this was a hard-won victory. We rode our luck in the first-half as the Bees hit the woodwork and when Donaldson missed a clear chance. However, we held on and following a lengthy stoppage for a serious sounding injury to Logan, Charlton pounced to win the match. Danny Green broke down the flank and fired a low cross which Bradley Wright-Phillips met and steered home.

Like many of you, I suspect, I had long-since tuned into the Brentford commentary in order to understand what was going on (Awful Emma) and you could hear the knowing heartbreak in their voices when BWP struck. The Bees fought on and Ben Hamer was called into action several times before the finish as we played out 10 minutes of injury time for Logan, but we held our nerve and took the points. There was a delicious irony in the commentators describing Hamer's time-wasting tactics which once "served us so well."

Huddersfield will now face us in as important a fixture as the one on 4th April 1981 when they temporarily halted our promotion push at the Valley with a 2-1 win. We took ultimate revenge that season by going up and pipping them to the third place spot. We lost the next three games after that before steadying the ship and securing the five points (two for a win) we needed from the last three games. Know your place Huddersfield!

Elsewhere in League One, the top five all won, so it's as-you-were but we have an enormous opportunity a week on Monday. It will mean beating the live TV hoodoo but you have to believe this side can see that off. If we come through that one, I am confident we could go unbeaten into 2012 and that we can collect most of the points in the process. 2012 - Year of the Addick?



Taking three friends from work on Monday its well set up a very competitive match...Cannot wAIT

Anonymous said...

Do we really have a live TV hoodoo, or is it just that it seems like we do? How many games in the last three seasons have we won, drawn, and lost when on TV? An interesting exercise, no? I suspect that the results are not that bad (especially in the league)...