Boro Stung By Busy Bees
By Rob Nichols
Sunday 11 Aug 2019 11:13:00
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It was not the result Jonathan Woodgate was looking for in his first home game, as Boro went down to a 1-0 defeat to the busy Bees of Brentford. Those Bees were all but swamped in the first half when an impressive Boro side earned a half time ovation after pressing the Londoners and dominating all over the pitch. But Boro could not apply the cutting edge to finish off promising moves and Brentford readjusted to punish us in a strong second half showing.

Woodgate kept faith with all the starting line up from that opening game thriller at Luton. Let's face it, despite the new signings, it would have sent the wrong messages out had the Head Coach dropped anyone after that exhilerating end to end performance in the season opener. Brentford had a much changed line up after a summer of trading faces. Maybe it was the revolving door, added to the shock home defeat to Birmingham, that contributed to such a nervy start from the Bees defence.

Boro were gunning for their opponents from the start, pressing high and driving forward, we did not allow Brentford to settle. Quick thinking on set-pieces threatened to catch the visitors out. In fact we had the ball in the net when a corner was lobbed over the still-retreating out of position keeper. The finish in the middle was disallowed by a linesman who appeared to signal that Fletcher had handled the ball into the net. Replays afterwards showed that decision was quite wrong.

Boro had a second goal chalked out, when Fletcher broke through and finished well but the linesman's flag had gone up immediately on our big striker collecting the through ball. Maybe wrongly again.

Other chances included Britt shooting across goal off the post from an impossible angle as well as several Lewis Wing efforts. There were very effective triangles on the right between the surging movement of Howson, McNair's industry and Marvin Johnson weaving inside. We nearly profited when McNair turned sharply, drove into the box and fired narrowly wide. Indeed all the three of these players created and almost finished moves. Brentford were pegged back and clearly ruffled but at half time it was 0-0.

The highly fancied visitors had other ideas after the break and turned defence into attack by immediately having a go at Boro. They took control of midfield and fed silful players like Canos and Jenson who became thorns in our side. In fact Jensen drew a flying save from Randolph from a shot that was actually a warning shot. Minutes later Canos made a surging run down the right and when he whipped the ball across Jensen was unmarked to tap home in the centre.

This was a big shock to the system but there was still plenty of time for Boro to get back on terms. The major disappointment was that Boro rarely threatened to equalise. When eventually we did get to terms with Brentford's midfield we had a short period of creativity. Despite the chances though Britt failed to capitalise. There was time for a home debut for Browne and a first Boro bow for Dijksteel at right back. But the rejigged formation with McNair in the middle drifted out of the game. A final fling of the dice with Gestede coming on failed to make an impact and the points drifted out of reach.

So, the Boro fans left the stadium experiencing a losing feeling after a very lacklustre second half. Not the best way to start off a new era. We should have been ahead at half time but for the second season in a row Brentford worked out a way to get back into the game and take the points. It is still very early in the season and manager and players need time to settle in. We may need to be patient as the team changes course to this more attacking style of play. New players as well as old need to settle in. Hopefully, we can record a first win against Crewe in the League Cup and then look to step up against a Blackburn side that have been severely tested over their first couple of games. It is still early. Keep the faith.

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Boro 0-1 Brentford

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