Brentford took an early lead away at Leyton through a Carl Cort header but, after Nikki Bull saved a penalty, eventually slumped to defeat after McGleish equalised and Danny Foster put the ball into his own net.
The Bees dominated the game for the first 30 minutes then fell apart quite badly.
Carl Cort’s headed goal from Wood’s free kick looked ordinary but was well worked. Cort stood two yards offside while the free kick was being prepared. The marking defender held his hand up and waved at the linesman to notice. Cort stood his ground when Wood approached the ball, the defender panicked and ran towards Cort playing him onside when the ball was kicked and Cort’s move towards the ball gave him a free header. Nice to hear a chant of “it’s all Carl Cort”!
Cort played well throughout the game as did his partner MacDonald. Unfortunately they seem to be similar players, back to goal, holding the ball up, Cort with his height and touch, Mac with his strength and busy-ness. A few more games together and I would hope to see Cort playing the ball forward more quickly for Mac to burst through to.
Although it was at the other end of the ground the penalty awarded to Orient around the half hour mark seemed stonewall and there were no complaints from the Bees players. If so, this would have been just about the only correct decision Andy D’urso made. A truly appalling refereeing display. Go on FA, drag me in for a disciplinary meeting, I dare you! I’ve got 1,000 witnesses! A low and central penalty made it fairly easy for Nikki Bull to get in the way of it.
It always worries me when the players start having a go at each other. Ryan Dickson went beserk after a fabulous bit of play which saw a defence splitting pass by Dickson which Wood failed to read. Wood just stood there taking the rant and seemed quite shocked at the ferocity of it.
McGleish’s goal on 36 minutes for Orient’s leveller was a well taken volley just inside the box giving Bull no chance.
The second half saw the bees defence fall apart. Long balls over the centre halves caused absolute panic as Bennett in particular was slow to turn and their forwards would simply run on to the ball. Headers were often misjudged too. Phillips wasn’t brilliant either although he did manage to get a few interceptions in. At one point Dickson and Bennett went for the same ball made a hash of it and it fell to an Orient player. This was another opportunity for a Dickson rant at his captain.
Orient’s winner came from a corner to the far post, it cleared the majority of players who were at the near post and left Foster and an Orient player just behind him. It was an awkward height when it came to Foster, about chest high. He had to bend down to head it and could only thump it into the goal. If he left it it would have been a certain goal anyway.
Orient deserved their win. Cort, Mac and Bean come out with credit. Kev was pretty poor again, I don’t think he’s had a decent game since Charlton, has he? Taylor looked weak in the first half but better in the second but that’s probably because the rest of the team looked worse. There is a problem with Bull and his centre halves. The communication is lousy and Bull’s decision-making is a cause for concern. Marks for effort for most of the other players but confidence is draining away rapidly.
Bean needs help in the middle, Cort and Mac need to come to some understanding [they are both good players at this level], Bennett needs a rest [like Rio] to sort himself out and come back stronger. I think Price should come back in.
The result leaves Brentford 17th in the table, 3 points above the relegation places.
Starting Line-up – Bull, Foster, Bennett, Phillips, Dickson, Taylor, Bean, O’Connor, Wood, Cort, Macdonald
Subs – Price, Saunders, Kabba, Weston, Osborne, Wilson, Blake
Coming Next Week :
Andy Scott Quotes:
“We`re going to struggle. We can`t defend. They`ve had probably four shots on our goal in the whole game. We`ve conceded two goals again.
We had all the pressure, the possession, all the chances, yet long clearances we can`t deal with it then we end up in our half for the next five minutes. It is not good enough. Not from experienced players.
You would think that we don`t actually do anything in training. Yet we`ve done hours and hours and they do it well in training yet can`t take it into games.
We`re going to struggle. We should be beating teams. No disrespect to Orient but we`re a better side than them, but it is OK me saying that but we lost the game.
The table isn`t worrying me. The way we`re playing is. Going forward we had Cleveland Taylor who came in and was very direct and as the game wore on he got a lot of crosses in and we got the ball into the front men`s feet but we need a bit more quality in and around the box to hit the target a bit more.We can`t keep going somewhere and having to score two or three goals to win games. It`s not possible.
Marcus (Bean) is suspended next week. I might possibly bring someone in on loan.
They`ve put themselves in a position where there is every chance there could be changes.
You only turn it around if you are consistent. It is no good doing it once [at Hartlepool] and then not being able to do it again. Consistency is the key in this league. Going forward we looked very good and created some good chances but we are always vulnerable defensively. Lack of information and poor decisions. Scott McGleish has been around a long time, he was able to put our back two under pressure.
Nobody has given us silly goals this season but we`ve given plenty away.”
Coming Next Week :
Stockport travel to Griffin Park next Saturday in what now looks like a must win game.