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Tom Moore, London24 Brentford blogger
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Our Brentford blogger looks at possible reasons for the Bees poor form at Griffin Park
Brentford’s home form has been very disappointing so far this season.
Despite victories over Yeovil and Leyton Orient in the opening two games at Griffin Park, the Bees have failed to win their other four games at home.
The defeat to Tranmere was disappointing, especially as Rovers boss Les Parry said after the game that he was delighted with his game plan to stifle Brentford.
Colchester came and left with a fortunate point after a 1-1 draw, thanks to an equaliser in the last minute.
Preston came and outclassed the Bees all over the park and Huddersfield demolished Brentford on Saturday.
There are concerns that the Bees are flat-track bullies, having lost to every side expected to do well so far this season.
Away from home it’s a different story with a fantastic run of form. The question is why can’t Brentford produce the same performances at Griffin Park?
One belief is that the now infamous dugout move last season is behind the slump. It was not an idea I thought was necessary and ultimately a waste of money but it shouldn’t be an issue.
Another belief is the move from Brook Road to Ealing Road in 2007 led to the atmosphere suffering.
This is not entirely true as, on certain occasions, the atmosphere has been fantastic.
However, this has only been in the big games such as Luton at home in 2009 when the Bees picked up the League Two trophy and the Carling Cup game against Everton last season.
This brings it on to the other theory, which is that the players are suffering from the same problem as the England team also known as ‘Wembley Syndrome’.
This may be linked to the atmosphere but if the players can perform well away from home there might be something in this theory as when it does not go Brentford’s way the crowd go quiet and/or start criticising the players out there, which can’t help matters.