The winless run on the road goes on.
A very uncharacteristic performance saw the Bees only come away with a point from Portman Road, and they may have been lucky to do so. The performance lacked creativity, flair or the slick style that Brentford often possess as they slumped to a 1-1 draw with bottom of the table, winless Ipswich.
Apart from the 31st minute Neal Maupay header to put Brentford in front, little was offered in terms of an attacking threat and the second half performance seemed sluggish as the Tractor Boys upped the pressure and equalised, perhaps showing the reliance on Maupay to provide goals.
Playing in red and white on Tuesday instead of the Jaffa Cake brown and orange dispelled the rumblings by fans that the kit was the major issue (I can’t tell if it’s growing on me or burning my retinas into giving up).
Nevertheless, we’re on the road once more on Saturday as we take a trip to Derby County, where Frank Lampard will be very keen to get their season back on track with a convincing win having lost to Rotherham (1-0) and drawn 0-0 with Blackburn since the international break.
With Brentford struggling on the road, and Derby having only lost once at home this season (to high flying Leeds 4-1), it could be a long afternoon for the Bees on Saturday, especially as they have not won away to Derby in the league since 1939.
Tom Lawrence (3 goals) and Mason Mount (2 goals) are the biggest threats for Brentford to contend with on Saturday, but Lampard will be very aware of the attacking threat that Brentford possess. It will be no walk in the park for either team.
The game could also bring an appearance from ex-Bee Florian Jozefzoon after his departure to the Rams over the summer, a pacey, skilful threat that Brentford will be familiar with.
Brentford likely line-up: (4-2-3-1)
Dalsgaard – Konsa – Mepham – Barbet
McEachran – Macleod
Benrahma – Sawyers – Watkins
As things stand, this is without a doubt Brenford’s best XI (perhaps with Josh Clarke replacing Henrik Dalsgaard) so I suspect this side to be fielded by Dean Smith on Saturday.
Kamohelo Mokotjo is a solid defensive option, however the lack of creativity was a worry on Tuesday night so I suspect Lewis Macleod will regain his spot in midfield.
The substitutions of Sergi Canos, Nico Yennaris and Alan Judge on Tuesday night offered very little in truth, so any impact from the bench will have a lot to prove if they wish to push for a first team spot.
Prediction: Derby will pose a much greater attacking threat than previous teams faced which should lead to a much more open game. However, if the Bees can keep calm and muster up the same attacking quality they have shown at home this season, there is no reason to believe they won’t come away with a positive result.
County 1 – 2 Brentford
Up the Bees.