David Brent-ford – Ricky Gervais or Gianfranco Zola? BCFC v Brentford Match Preview

Back to back defeats again – for the second time this season – provided an Ipswich sandwich.  Three goals scored and eleven conceded have stripped our goal difference away totally.  The blame can’t lie at Zola’s door entirely – he’s only been responsible for two of those four defeats, and -2 of the -8 goal difference hammering.  That said, our new boss will know he’s got to turn things around, and quickly.  At least we stopped the rot, and gained at a point at Oakwell, ahead of the visit of Brentford…who we managed to defeat in a fortunate 1-2 away win at Griffin Park on the 26th November…

That point was all the more sweet, considering we were 2-0 down and looking down the barrel of three defeats on the trot.  Some would point out that we should have won the game, up against ten men, but having been down to ten men ourselves at times, we all know that when we are we throw every body behind the ball, and become increasingly hard to break down.  The draw stopped us suffering a ‘doubling’, prevented a repeat of the trouncing they dished out on our own turf and – hopefully – opened the door to our first Zola win…

Those who were speculating that Rowett had his eye on another job must still be wondering what that other job was, as he certainly hasn’t started it, yet, beyond punditry at matches we lose in.  That said, he’s amongst the favourites to take the helm at Swansea, following the exit of Bob Bradley.  Good luck to him.

Not too long ago, it was mathematically possible to top the table at the end of 2016…we aren’t even in the playoff spots as 2017 starts.  Ho hum – something to aim for now the transfer window is open…though not early on apparently.  Zola has claimed in the press that any business we do will be in the latter half of this month.  Dangerous in my view.  Partially as the price goes up when it becomes more of an ‘auction’, partially as the clubs become aware you are running out of time and choice, but mainly because the longer we leave it – whether loan or permanent – the longer it takes those players to ‘gel’ and it’s becoming glaringly apparent that the players need a sprinkling of new talent to freshen things up.  February will be too late to mount a serious promotion push, which certainly Zola has been tasked with…

Preferred keeper at this stage?  According to the stats, it’s clearly Kuszczak, though he hasn’t kept a clean sheet (like a Villa fan’s protest) in six!  Defence?  Shotton, Grounds, Spector and Morrison, though they’re leaking of late there’s still a solid four in there.  Midfield? Maghoma, Davis, Kieftenbeld and Cotterill with an attack of Donaldson and Adams.  Jutkiewicz has signed permanently now, so will hopefully be fighting for HIS club.

Adams has shown an increasing amount of talent and Zola will look to utilise him more and more, and Jutkiewicz’s penalty goal will mean Donaldson may find himself confined to the bench, when he arrives back from injury – earlier than expected or not.

As much as our substitutions and general performances have been questioned since Rowett’s departure, this was inevitable barring unlikely wins against two in-form clubs in Brighton and Derby, and to lose to a penalty against Derby, and cruelly lose in added-on time, having been ahead for so long against Brighton, perhaps all is not yet lost!  Indeed, the turn around against Barnsley and our double change at half time tells us that Zola perhaps is starting to know his squad, now…

Brentford are presently four places and five points behind us, winless in their last three.  They’ve beaten Brighton 2-0 away, Preston 5-0 at home, and Reading 4-1 at home, but lost 3-1 away at Wolves, 3-1 away at Newcastle 2-0 at home to Barnsley and Fulham and were hammered 5-0 away at Norwich, so Zola will hopefully be looking to their defensive frailties.

With no ex-Blues on the pitch, keep an eye out for number 9 – Scott Hogan, who has scored thirteen league goals this season.  What we could do with that kind of goal tally up front!

I’m going to predict a nervy 2-1 win as our team try to find (hopefully continue!) the new manager’s style of play more successfully.  Goals from Maghoma – before he flies off to the Cup of Nations – and Jutkiewicz.

Win this and we could rise to eighth. If we lose we could drop as low as thirteenth!  The time to prove Zola’s class is now, otherwise he’ll be comparable to the fool from ‘The Office’…

Enjoy the Match, Keep Right On and HAPPY NEW YEAR on behalf of all at Joys and Sorrows!

Russell Dempsey

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4 Comments on David Brent-ford – Ricky Gervais or Gianfranco Zola? BCFC v Brentford Match Preview

  1. We had Scott Hogan on trial from a non league club during Lee Clark’s tenure. There was talk he was offered a contract but was refuted by the club and Rochdale step in and the rest is history.

  2. Gossip from West Ham suggest that Hogan is a target for the bubble blowers.That rumour could certainly be unsettling for the Brentford frontman.Talking of rumours has anyone heard the rumour that blues catering dept are introducing small boxes of sticky pork riblets with a choice of sauces?.
    Flavours I hear include BBQ,jerk,and sweet chilli. As long as they include a napkin and a suggestion to what we do with the bones..Count me in!!
    Good times indeed at Stans

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