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Tom Moore, London24 Brentford blogger
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
London24 Brentford blogger Tom Moore looks back at the Bees Carling Cup run of last season
The season is finally underway and Brentford got off to a winning start, overcoming ‘bogey side’ Yeovil Town by two goals to nil.
Brentford had the better of the play in the first-half, although Yeovil appeared to have the better chances.
The Bees had a crucial half-time lead thanks to a Gary Alexander penalty, which manager Uwe Rösler refused to watch out of habit, thereby missing the first competitive goal since he took over as manager.
In the second-half there was only one team in it as Brentford completely dominated, creating some excellent chances.
Shaleum Logan, on debut after signing from Manchester City, scored and celebrated with a back-flip. Charlie MacDonald and Clayton Donaldson could have added to the tally in stoppage-time.
There were a good number of Manchester City fans in attendance on Saturday. They came to give Rösler, a member of the Manchester City ‘Hall of Fame’ from his time as a player, support in his first game in English football. They celebrated Logan’s goal by doing the ‘Poznan’.
Brentford travel to Hereford United tonight for the Carling Cup First Round. Last season’s competition provided one of my favourite matches, Everton at home under the floodlights. Seamus Coleman, who has a great future in the game, gave The Toffees the lead early on it looked as if it could be embarrassing. However, Gary Alexander equalised for Brentford just before half-time.
The match eventually went to penalties, with Richard Lee keeping The Bees in it at times. The first six were scored but Jermaine Beckford saw his kick saved by Lee.
England international Phil Jagielka stepped up to try and keep Everton in the game but hit the post giving The Bees victory and led to pandemonium in the stands.
To get the possibility of a similar night Brentford will have to overcome a Hereford side, eager for an upset of their own.
Saturday sees Brentford make the trip to Sheffield United, relegated from The Championship last season, who are considered one of the favourites for promotion this season.
The Bees have had some excellent results against former Premier League teams in the past few years, including a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday last season with previous manager Nicky Forster making eight changes from the sides that played in the surrounding games.