Date: 20th February 2018 at 10:48pm
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Following today’s clash between Brentford and Birmingham City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Brentford hosted Birmingham City at Griffin Park for a 7.45pm kick off on Tuesday February 20, with the hosts taking an emphatic and heavy victory.

Brentford opened the scoring through Ollie Watkins just after the half hour mark, and ten minutes Florian Jozefzoon doubled their advantage going into the half time break.

Birmingham failed to rally at the interval and six minutes after the restart Neal Maupay added a third and three minutes later Marc Roberts saw an effort deflect in off him – with him unfortunately taking the credit.

Having begun the scoring on the day, Watkins added a fifth to complete his brace and round up a five nil win.

Birmingham could’ve conceded more on the day in fairness and they slip to a 17th Championship match without a goal and fall to within one point of the relegation places.

Brentford eye the Play Off spots.

Head coach Dean Smith may have a double reason to celebrate this one!



Bentley, Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland, Barbet, Mokotjo, McEachran (Woods 20), Jozefzoon, Sawyers (Judge 70), Watkins, Maupay (Marcondes 74).


Clarke, Ogbene, Daniels, Mepham.


Stockdale, Colin, Roberts, Dean, Bramall, Lowe, Gardner, Maghoma (Jota 45), Ndoye, Boga (Adams 45), Gallagher.


Jutkiewicz, Jenkinson, Morrison, Trueman, Seddon.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Geoff Eltringham blew the final whistle, Brentford head coach Dean Smith explained.

‘It was a very good performance from the players. We wanted a high tempo and to go and press them. The pace and power from our wide players was excellent. We have always felt there was a lot of potential in Neal Maupay and he is getting better. The top six is our aim but we have to take it one game at a time. There is a hunger, desire and character there that is really pleasing.’

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill in his comparative interview explained.

‘A very painful night tonight. You can’t make those mistakes we’ve made and expect to get anything out of a Championship game – especially away at Brentford. Some of the mistakes we’ve made tonight are uncharacteristic of those boys and it put us on the back foot right from the off. We just can’t give away the goals we’ve given away tonight let alone the missed chances. We’ve had some tough results this season, we turn a corner with some positives ones, but since the defeat at Villa it’s hard picking the players up again.’

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5 Replies to “A Villan’s Delight? – Brentford v Birmingham (20/2/18)”

  • With this latest defeat by a humiliating score line brings on a new aspect regarding the club?s standing within football,and more importantly its supporters. To every reasonable fan and moderately thinking football minded person,the state of BCFC has imploded. Players,coaches and so called scouting personnel have all in one pressed a self destruction button. To fathom it all out would be useful and helpful for us long suffering supporters,but it is not that simple.What is quite literally alarming is the fact that all the fractures that desperately needs healing may never be given the chance. Nothing is ever offered as an explanation to the fans, a fine example of this is the SC comments after last nights game when he never apologised to the travelling fans.This is typical arrogance by him and the club in general.However,this is nothing compared to the collapse of the overall state of our club. My concern now is the future as results,which certainly now mean very little to our current owners, and have been for some time now,will do little to inspire future investors. What I feel is abundantly clear with this total mess is that the current situation has nothing to do with football”. It started with a chance of a £100m.pot that was worth a punt-purely business.Should it go tits up then simply walk away leaving a non traceable trail behind.Thats how it works with scant regard for the core supporters.Someone ,somewhere in the future will.imo.resurrect the club but not until the painful future is felt.

  • Paul Hung and the fans have been let down badly , what was to be the ‘re birth of the blues as turned into a farce …..all those between the fans and Mr Hung are guilty of misusing our trust in them….they have been payed a lot of money to get us in this position …….the state of play now is what will the owners do now if they can’t afford to spend any more money and with the idiotic unfair play rules which restricts clubs down on their luck from getting back to where there support expect them to be …the void between WIGAN AND MANCHESTER CITY IS DISGUSTING …When it comes to fair play spending ….

  • Ohio I think you are complicating matters somewhat. The reason for our demise is very simple. If you sack a proven PL manager after just one week of working with 14 new players, whilst having to play 3 games in said week, then replace him with a lower league manager this is exactly what you get ? a train wreck! I said at the time this ridiculous decision is likely to set us back years. It was like sacking the head of Tesco’s UK and replacing them with someone who previously ran a corner shop. When you read someones CV and it reads qualified for Champions League with Spurs. And then you accept a replacement CV which reads won League One with Bristol City. It is quite clear to anyone with half a footballing brain there is going to be a massive gulf in their ability levels. I firmly believe all this was unavoidable, but an irrational football decision set the current downfall well and truly in motion.

  • BS.Of course you are correct in the sacking of HR. Hasty it certainly was.What I am now referring to is the here and now.Nothing complicated about it.Like it or not our owners have jacked it in and will not be investing.Only time will tell,but we will not have to wait long.

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