Albion 3 – 0 Brentford

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A man with impeccable bellend credentials - Brentford celebrity fan Dean Gaffney

The winds of change are blowing around BN1, the eggy whiff of relegation has been replaced with the fresh mountain breeze of hope. It didn’t start like that yesterday though. As I headed into town at 5pm a strange eery fog was drifting off the Channel and up the streets of Hove. I made my way along Kings Road fully expecting to be set upon by ghoulish seafarers straight out of John Carpenter’s 1980 classic “The Fog”. Instead I had a couple of shants in The Smugglers, and an Albion Kebab before heading to Withers as the mist lifted.

But, enough of that shite, what about the game then? A scoreline like this has been coming for some time. Coming as it did against Brentford made it even better. I sat in Block E with my two season ticket holding chums, forsaking the barmies in H just for one game. It worked, Albion were awesome last night.

Apart from a 15 minute spell straight after half-time, the visitors were awful. They were as awful as we were good. We started slowly, but rather ironically, as soon as our best player went off injured, we fired up and demolished the Bees. Kazenga LuaLua is without doubt our most gifted player, but Chris Holroyd did a fine job replacing him until he too went off injured, and it rubbed off on Murray, who looked very happy to have another forward to play off.

Once more we looked solid at the back, battled and created in midfield, and gave them major headaches up front – as it should be. It was good to see Murray break his home duck, Virgo back on the park and scoring (although it looked more like an OG by their hapless keeper), and that man Nicky Forster getting on and netting a lastminute.com penalty for his 16th goal of the season. It’s all good.

Andrew Crofts was fired up and played a screamer in midfield, he’s probably our fittest player, “The Machine”. But, one player more than everyone else last night epitomised the new spirit and flair of this Gus Poyet team – Inigo Calderon. What a find this guy is, it will be criminal if he’s not offered a juicy new contract in the summer, man of the match again.

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 9 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Inigo Calderon

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-5-1) Brezovan; Calderon, Elphick, El-Abd, Painter; Bennett, Dicker, Crofts, Navarro (Virgo 89), LuaLua (Holroyd 20 (Forster 83)); Murray

(Subs) Walker, Forster, McNulty, Carole, Hoyte, Hart, Holroyd

Attendance: 5579 (371 Brentford)

League One table

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Norwich 36 39 78
2 Leeds United 36 32 71
3 Charlton 36 19 66
4 Swindon 36 12 66
5 Millwall 36 21 65
6 Colchester 35 16 63
7 Huddersfield 36 16 58
8 MK Dons 36 2 56
9 Bristol Rovers 35 -3 52
10 Southampton 35 25 47
11 Carlisle 37 -3 47
12 Yeovil 37 -3 44
13 Walsall 35 -4 44
14 Leyton Orient 36 -7 41
15 Brighton 36 -9 41
16 Brentford 33 -3 40
17 Oldham 35 -11 40
18 Hartlepool 35 -11 38
19 Gillingham 36 -11 38
20 Tranmere 35 -25 37
21 Exeter 35 -15 33
22 Southend 35 -16 33
23 Wycombe 36 -25 30
24 Stockport 36 -36 24
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2 Responses to “Albion 3 – 0 Brentford”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    listening to the commentary I thought the two commentators were going to start a game of I-spy or have a round of radio poker,then Lua-lua went off and the sparks started to fly its as if the fans and players were saying he won’t make that difference and there is your “fresh mountain breeze of hope” different to what it was like a few months ago, where dare I say the depression would set in and we might lose the game to a rolled in ball from their centre half.
    good stuff
    and a win on Saturday against H’oldham

    G

  2. The Hovian Says:

    No LuaLua and probably no Holroyd on Saturday, cue………Nicky Forster. I think we can win it ok, we need to after Exeter won last night

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