THIS TIME BEES GET LATE HIT TO EN­JOY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Bull

THREE games into the new sea­son and there’s al­ready late drama at a Brent­ford game. Sound fa­mil­iar? Sub­sti­tute Farid El Alagui’s 95th minute vol­ley de­servedly earned the Bees a point at the MEMS Pri­est­field Sta­dium against a Gilling­ham side who looked to be on course for their first win of the cam­paign.

Yet given that El Alagui scored from one of the pro­mo­tion-chas­ing side’s more tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties only served to out­line the Lon­don club’s profli­gacy in the box.

“We talked about the same thing last sea­son, that we’re not con­vert­ing our good play into enough goals. We had enough chances,” said man­ager Uwe Rösler.

“I see the po­ten­tial we have. The play­ers are get­ting more games un­der their belt, they’re get­ting more ex­pe­ri­ence and even­tu­ally we will score more goals.

“Ev­ery­body in our team knows we have to play bet­ter and be more dom­i­nant. We are not the fin­ished ar­ti­cle yet.

“We hit the tar­get nine times from 20 at­tempts, but over­all I think I’m dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance.”

Frus­trated, maybe, but the Ger­man needn’t be too con­cerned about his side’s away record of played two, drawn two.

The Bees dom­i­nated large pe­ri­ods of the game, and should have been in front be­fore Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa gave last sea­son’s League Two cham­pi­ons a 40th minute lead af­ter Danny Ked­well’s knock down.

Gilling­ham cre­ated lit­tle in the first half, but Ked­well, Char­lie Lee and for­mer Bees winger Myles We­ston all squan­dered good chances within the space of a minute to dou­ble their ad­van­tage shortly af­ter the hour mark.

As the game en­tered its fi­nal third, the vis­i­tors in­creased the pres­sure on a de­fence who had con­ceded five goals in their open­ing two league games, but with­out any re­ward.

Shaleum Lo­gan headed into the side net­ting, and Clay­ton Don­ald­son was de­nied by Stu­art Nel­son be­fore his goal-bound shot in in­jury time hit the post af­ter Chris Whelp­dale’s block.

How­ever 20 min­utes af­ter com­ing on El Alagui struck af­ter Har­lee Dean headed down Adam Forshaw’s deep free kick into his path.

“You’re al­ways dis­ap­pointed to con­cede a goal, and if we had con­ceded with half an hour to go, it wouldn’t have felt like it feels now,” said Gilling­ham’s as­sis­tant man­ager John Schofield, who sat in for for­mer Bees boss Martin Allen at the post-match press con­fer­ence.

“Brent­ford are a highly-fan­cied team, but to us it’s ir­rel­e­vant who are in the other dress­ing room.We have to per­form our level, and if we do that, we’ll give our­selves a chance of pick­ing up points ev­ery week.

“I think we’ve done that. The in­ten­sity was there, the way we passed the ball and our tempo was there to be seen.

“We want to im­prove in ev­ery game we play, and that's what the play­ers are work­ing hard to do.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PIC­TURES: Si­mon ROE/TGSPHOTO

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