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Tom Moore, London24 Brentford blogger
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Debateable penalties have cost the Bees at Meadow Lane
Another game at Griffin Park, another game without a win at home – although it was Brentford’s first goalless draw for 51 league games.
Two points from five games at home is not good enough and Uwe Rosler is determined to correct this, although away form is still very strong despite a draw at Carlisle the previous week.
Brentford travel to Meadow Lane to play Notts County next week, where they will meet former manager Martin Allen.
Allen saved the Bees from relegation and twice took the club to the play-offs and FA Cup fifth round, however failed to take the club up from a very good position (two points clear in second with two games in hand going into the last few games). He then left the club to sign for then League Two side MK Dons.
The Bees record at Meadow Lane is frustrating, with the Magpies getting three penalties in Brentford’s last two games there – two of them were abysmal decisions!
Both were given for hand-ball. The first was a case of ball to hand and the Football League assessor believed it to be the wrong decision. The second was an absolute joke especially given that as a result of the ‘handball’ Karleigh Osborne was treated for concussion!
Justice was served when Simon Moore brilliantly saved that penalty but couldn’t do anything from another questionable penalty a few minutes later. Jeffrey Schlupp ensured Brentford came back with a deserved point.
It is swings and roundabouts when it comes to referees decisions (you hope) so hopefully the tables will be turned this weekend.
On another note Brentford have sold the naming rights of Ealing Road to ‘Brentford Independent Association of Supporters’ (BIAS) in a two-year deal, renaming the terrace, the BIAS Stand.
There will be those who condemn the deal as another step towards entire naming rights.
However, do fans really care about the name change? I suspect Bradford City fans still call their ground Valley Parade and Leyton Orient fans call their ground Brisbane Road, not the Coral Windows Stadium or the Matchroom Stadium respectively.
It’s a habit to call a ground by its original name, or even a stand, so most would still refer to it as Ealing Road.
It provides some income for the club and it is a supporters’ group who have the naming rights so, unlike these deals with third-party sponsorship, it is kept in-house.