BEES BUZZING GRIGG OPENS AGAIN AS ACCOUNT
Former Walsall striker at double
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