Beehive Yourself: All or nothing for Brentford’s unlikely play-off push

13:04 03 April 2012

Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler

Archant

“Three back to back victories have got Griffin Park buzzing again”

In the words of Steve Marriott, it really is all or nothing for Brentford to gatecrash this season’s League One play-offs. And by ‘all’, that is to say the Bees probably have to win all remaining seven matches.

A few weeks ago, a top six finish looked a distant dream - a top half finish was starting to look an uncertainty. Three back to back defeats had seemingly put pay to any remaining hopes. But now three back to back victories have got Griffin Park buzzing again.

Even the most optimistic of Brentford supporters will admit that it is unlikely we‘ll sneak into the play-offs. For a start, the recent upturn in form has also coincided with a good run of results for Carlisle, who currently occupy the coveted sixth spot. But I refer you to April 2004; Crystal Palace had just lost away at West Brom and sat 12th in the Championship, some nine points of the play-offs. But six wins in the their next eight fixtures would see the Eagles soar into the final play-off position and ultimately go on to win them.

It can be done, that’s for sure. However, the way this season has gone leaves the situation out of our own hands. The Bees are in a position where by we could win all of our remaining fixtures and still miss out - that is the price we pay for inconsistency.

You would like to think that Carlisle, Notts County and Stevenage will drop points between now and May. If that happens and Brentford continue to pick up wins then who knows what could happen? Any team that enters the play offs on the back of ten straight wins are to be feared.

Tonight’s game against Oldham presents us with the opportunity to narrow the gap to five points. I think we will know by Easter Monday whether there is genuine reason for excitement about our recent form. Let’s just hope it doesn’t prove to be yet another false dawn of this season.

To follow Tom on Twitter, go to @griffinparktom

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Brentford news

Friday, May 6, 2016
Nemanja Matic of Chelsea and James McCarthy of Everton compete for the ball (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

We round up all the talking points from Friday morning’s papers ahead of a busy weekend of football around London.

Read more
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) and West Ham United's Dimitri Payet battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

When does the 2016/17 Premier League kick off? When do the fixtures come out? We’ve put together a guide to all the key dates for Premier League and Football League fans.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

We’ve picked out five fantastic bets ahead of a busy weekend of football both in the Premier League and the Football League where the race for the play-offs is hotting up.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Charlton Athletic players walk onto the pitch before the game with Bolton

We round up all the injury and suspension news ahead of a big weekend of Championship action.

Read more
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Toby Alderweireld celebrates scoring Tottenham's second goal against Manchester United on Sunday

With season-defining matches for Spurs and Arsenal on the cards and a cup semi-final for Palace there is a bumper weekend of sport on the cards and our team have tried their best to predict it all.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport