For­mer Wal­sall striker at dou­ble

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Perkin To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

BRENT­FORD are well and truly back af­ter their soulde­stroy­ing fin­ish to last sea­son and are ready to start again ac­cord­ing to boss Uwe Rosler.

Af­ter miss­ing out on au­to­matic pro­mo­tion on the fi­nal day of the sea­son af­ter a late loss at home to Don­caster and then a shock de­feat by Yeovil in the play-off fi­nal at Wem­b­ley, the Bees put in a dev­as­tat­ing dis­play against fel­low pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Sh­effield United.

And Rosler knew his play­ers would be tough enough to put their sum­mer of mis­ery be­hind them when they re­turned from pre-sea­son hun­grier than ever.

He said: “The play­ers came back fit­ter and stronger and I knew from that mo­ment the squad would be as mo­ti­vated as last year.

“We had the chance to get some sign­ings in and that kept the play­ers from last sea­son on their toes. In terms of strength in depth and qual­ity, I have seen some promis­ing signs.

“I felt it was a very sat­is­fy­ing, solid, good per­for­mance. I wouldn’t call it great but it was very good. It was an im­por­tant game as we want to know where we are and I think we got some an­swers.

“There was some ex­cel­lent press­ing from us all over the pitch then when we had the ball we played some good stuff.

“When we play the way we do it’s tough for the cen­tral striker but Will Grigg’s in­tel­li­gent move­ment at­tracted me to him and he got his re­wards.”

Brent­ford started well and Adam Forshaw fired just over from the edge of the box early on, be­fore Clay­ton Don­ald­son failed to fin­ish af­ter latch­ing on to Jake Bid­well’s low cross from the left.

The first mo­ment of qual­ity came ten min­utes be­fore the break when Forshaw set his sights again and curled a mag­nif­i­cent right­footed strike into the top cor­ner from 25 yards.

Sh­effield United worked hard but strug­gled to find any open­ings. Their first shot on goal did not come un­til the 42nd minute when Lyle Tay­lor blazed over from in­side the box.

Their only bright spark came ten min­utes into the sec­ond half as Harry Maguire headed in his sec­ond of the sea­son af­ter Stephen McGinn’s cor­ner found the defender un­marked. But that was as good as it got for the Blades as Ge­orge Sav­ille calmly picked up Grigg who slot­ted home his first Bees goal into the bot­tom cor­ner to re­gain the lead.

And the for­mer Wal­sall man dou­bled his tally with 15 min­utes to go with a tap in af­ter sub­sti­tute Martin Fillo saw his ef­fort par­ried by Ge­orge Long.

How­ever, Grigg fluffed his chance of a hat-trick af­ter be­ing bun­dled

over by Maguire in the box in the 80th minute.The striker picked him­self up to take the spot-kick but Long saved bril­liantly to his left.

Blades boss David Weir has it all to do af­ter their first meet­ing against a gen­uine pro­mo­tion ri­val showed up their short­com­ings.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult,” he said. “If you come here and con­cede three it’s al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to win the game. We did well to come back into the game af­ter go­ing be­hind.

“You have to learn all the time and we learned a few things – some are pos­i­tive and some are neg­a­tive – that’s the na­ture of it.

“The only ex­pec­ta­tion is to im­prove week in and week out. There are as­pects we need to im­prove on and Mon­day morn­ing we will start to look into that and see what we can do bet­ter.

“I don’t think we cre­ated enough and we con­ceded three goals so there are ob­vi­ous ar­eas of con­cern.”


TO­GETH­ER­NESS: Brent­ford are bounc­ing back from last sea­son. Inset: Will Grigg nets his sec­ond

ADU­LA­TION: Will Grigg is loved

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