Bees can’t find the killer sting

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham

IPSWICH Town and Brentford played out a draw which smacked of two teams com­fort­ably set­tled in Cham­pi­onship mid-ta­ble medi­ocrity.

Emyr Huws and Nico Yen­naris shared first-half goals but only on oc­ca­sions did the match threaten to burst into life there­after.

Myles Ken­lock did bril­liantly to hook Sergi Canos’ shot off the line af­ter the in­ter­val be­fore Ipswich mid­fielder Cole Skuse al­most capped a fine flow­ing move near the end but his shot lacked the power to beat Daniel Bent­ley.

In truth, the move was not in keep­ing with most of the game, one that Brentford shaded as the match wore on.

This fact was not lost on man­ager Dean Smith who felt his side could have left Suf­folk with all three points.

Smith said: “We started quite well but then they took over and got the goal. We got back into it and scored a well-worked equaliser and then I thought we were the bet­ter team in the sec­ond half and looked most likely to win the game.

“It was a scrappy game but the pitch was slow and bob­bly and doesn’t help with any flow­ing foot­ball.

“Nei­ther goal­keeper was worked as much as they should have done. We had a lot of pres­sure and ball, but per­haps we didn’t have the qual­ity in the fi­nal third.”

The sea­son might still have two months to play, but the match had a typ­i­cal end-of­sea­son feel to it – both on and off the pitch.

It took 26 min­utes for the first real chance, but it was also the game’s open­ing goal when a pa­tient build-up ended with Welsh in­ter­na­tion­als Tom Lawrence and Huws com­bin­ing for the lat­ter to find the net with a con­trolled fin­ish.

But Brentford grabbed an equaliser just be­fore the in­ter­val with an equally easy-on-the-eye move, Yen­naris burst­ing into the box to latch on to a pre­cise chip through by Ro­maine Sawyers.

It left the sec­ond half del­i­cately poised but a rather flat 45 min­utes fol­lowed. Canos was the big­gest dan­ger and the Brentford winger was only de­nied a win­ner by a com­bi­na­tion of a fine block by Bar­tosz Bialkowski and the alert Ken­lock clear­ing off the line.

Ipswich stretched their un­beaten run to six games but even an un­de­feated Fe­bru­ary against some of the di­vi­sion’s best doesn’t tell the whole story.

They have drawn five of those six matches and, con­versely, they have only won once in ten and lost the lead in five of the last six matches.

Town boss Mick McCarthy was typ­i­cally blunt in his post­match as­sess­ment, ad­mit­ting his side were a lit­tle for­tu­nate to claim a point.

He said: “Brentford were very good while we weren’t par­tic­u­lar good with the ball. They de­served the point and prob­a­bly de­served to win it.

“I don’t know why that was, prob­a­bly be­cause they are a good side. We have played a lot bet­ter in the last five matches and we de­served more points than we have got.

“But we scrapped and fought and eight weeks ago, we prob­a­bly would have lost that 3-1 and I would have had a face like thun­der.

“I know it has been five draws but it is an­other point af­ter a tough old time. It is a mea­sure of the lads that they stuck at it when in the past we might have been beaten.”

PIC­TURES: Off the Bench Me­dia

SAFE HANDS: Brentford’s Daniel Bent­ley catches as Tom Lawrence chal­lenges and, in­sets, Emry Huws scores and the two man­agers

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