A night to forget in the minds of anybody associated with Birmingham City, a 5-0 loss at the hands of Brentford who Blues themselves took three players off in the summer transfer window.
A shocking game in West London on Tuesday night for Blues but the side Steve Cotterill fielded you’d have thought was good enough to snatch a result; even if it was a draw. Cheick N’doye came back into the side after his suspension following the loss in the second city derby, Cohen Brammall was also back in and Jason Lowe made his second consecutive appearance. Sam Gallagher also may have had a point to prove after a clear cut chance missed in the Villa game and a poor showing against Millwall at the weekend. Two former Brentford players started, Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin in defence, but the main one who switched for six million was left out on the bench once again.
Nobody would have thought the bees were going to score five goals but you expected them to beat Blues, especially with Dean Smith’s team being the hosts. It began hectic, Brentford were trying so very hard to make it awkward for the Blues players to get a grip on the game and that’s exactly what they did. It was total Brentford play, the possession count was shocking, and it only took them half an hour to make the break through with a goal in the 31st minute by young prospect Olly Watkins signed from Exeter in the off season. Following a fast break which caught Blues out, Jozefoon capitalised on a mix up and doubled the home teams lead; Birmingham two goals behind at half time, a pretty steep mountain to climb in the second 45.
Brentford’s manager must have asked for more of the same because that is exactly what he got, it took them six minutes after the restart to make it three, where Neal Maupay has a shot scored from very close range; in fact that was right after a Blues chance by Gallagher went away.
Cheick N’doye then had an opportunity from his head but that came to nothing, funnily enough Blues actually for a few moments started gathering some pace and playing some football but maybe then tried too much, too soon as Brentford went on the break once again as a shot was missed by both Maupay & Watkins only calamitously for Blues defender Marc Roberts to find the net and score an own goal. At 4-0, that was the game, to be honest the game was done and dusted after two. After that Brentford continued to be the dominant side in this affair, a few chances had by Olly Watkins and Maupay went begging but Watkins got that illusive second goal he was wanting in the 81st minute, a header off a Jozefoon cross.
No. Words. Needed. Birmingham City were broken to pieces and chucked aside by a nothing but average Brentford team who were only sitting in 12th place before the kick off.
A disgraceful showing and is it time for Cotterill to say bye? Consistency is key in this division especially when you’re in the position Blues are in, we thought we were getting that before the game against Aston Villa, but since then three defeats and no goals scored, it might not be the right thing but something has to change… Players do not seem to care or put an ounce of effort in, I mean from a fans perspective, where were chances being created for the two most flair players in that team when they came on, Jota & Che Adams.
It’s not the way forward, I personally thought that before the Villa game we’d had a couple maybe a few decent results, could this be us turning our fortunes around,l? But no, it has gone back to same old Blues. Tell me in the comments section what you would do if you were the board now. As for Brentford, a solid result in front of their home fans.
RB Dalsgaard , CB Bjelland , CB Egan , LB Barbet
RCDM Mokotjo , LCDM McEachrean
RW Jozefoon , CAM Sawyers , LW Watkins
RB Colin , CB Dean , CB Roberts , LB Brammall
RCDM N’doye , LCDM Lowe
RW Maghoma , CAM Gardner , LW Boga
Possession – Brentford 62% , Blues 37%
Shots – Brentford 28 , Blues 12
Shots on target – Brentford 9 , Blues 4
Corners – Brentford 6 , Blues 3
Fouls committed – Brentford 7 , Blues 14