Nice to see you get a spot in the top mate, good luck further! I wonder if Nottingham H. is doing good
A Swarm Of Bees - The Golden Mean (EP 22)
We enter April on the 9th place, just 2 points behind the 7th place which can eventually give European football. We managed to get out of the swamp with 2 nice wins and a draw against Leicester however our form is nothing close compared to the beautiful things we did in the autumn.
Flynn Downes is out until the end of the season with a unlucky injury. Christian Norgaard & Niclas Eliasson are also injured and will miss the whole month. Rico Henry still has some minor issues and often is out for 2-3 days.
Our strikes forget how to score and this is really bothering the team as we don't get full 3 points on too many occasions because of the misses.
Our schedule is not the easiest one as we face these teams: Crystal Palace (H), Tottenham (A), QPR, (A), Arsenal (H), Manchester City (A).
Brentford vs. Crystal Palace
Brentford FC started the month with really great win against Palace as we manage to avenge for our loss earlier in the league by the same result. All the team played superb and we smash our opponents. Baptiste gets his first goal for the campaign and it was a nice one. Pontus again shows his inner striker spirit and bangs one and finally a goal from one of our attackers as Benrahma ends Palace's hopes, he also provides one assist in the match. However the best man on the pitch was Mathias Jensen who assist two of the goals and wins POTM.
FUN FACT: Jensen just equalized the record for most assist in the top flight for a Brentford player, he needs only 1 to break it.
Tottenham vs. Brentford
Disgusting! One of those matches where every stats is even, the play is even but the score is absurd! Tough loss against one of our direct opponents for the EL spots (now it's the third tournament by UEFA). The whole team was pissed after the match because of the final score. I mean Spurs played well, but we did also. Not fair result and the spirits of getting our form back were hurt a lot. Again our attackers missed all that can be missed, absolute disaster!
QPR vs. Brentford
Derby day against the team that we tend to beat every time (3 out of 3) aaaand we fail to score again. We tried our new formation 4-2-3-1 that I will try to implement for the next season. Also made a lot of changes in the starting XI, however is crucial to win against the bottom of the table teams. We dominated the whole match and played really well but there is nobody to score the f`cking goal. Watkins is playing more and more poorly as he tries to catch up with the disastrous form of Isak. Absolute shit show! Needless to say that their GK won the POTM.
On top of that Baptiste who was one of our best players for the team in the last matches is out for the next 5 weeks which means he is out for the rest of the season.
Brentford vs. Manchester City
After the poor result in the last in the previous match we start the match awfully as we are down 2 goals by the 32 minute after both Jesus & Aguero put one in our net. This time we show what are we made of and comeback brilliantly! Chirivella puts up a show - scores a banger and leads our team (winning POTM). In the end Oskar Buur is brought down in the penalty area and we get a penalty! I stepped up and give instructions to the players to give the ball to the young Forss, who is getting more and more time because of the form of the other 2 strikers and he doesn't disappoint and seals the final score!
With this result we gift the Premier League title to Liverpool as they can't be reached by the two Manchester teams. First title for the reds for 31 years!
Brentford vs. Arsenal
Our final chance to close the gap to the 7th place but we fail short again because of the misses. Another even game against a really good team but they manage to steal the win with a goal. No one from our team didn't step up to lead the play and we remain in the unstable form, scoreless for a third time this month. We are now too away to attack the spots ahead of us as our opponents win their matches and should improve drastically in the next season if we want to stay alive for another year.
Player of the Month
Pedro played a great part of our revival this year with his playmakaing skills. This month he played in almost every match and showed his immense quality. The Spanish midfielder is establishing himself as vital part of our starting XI as he is getting more chances with Norgaard's injury. Just 1 goal and 1 POTM for him, but he is contributing with his play, not with goals & assist. He also is the player with the best average rating in our squad. In the final match of the month Pedro injured himself and will be out of the rest of the matches.
Other notable performance this month - Shandon Baptiste played great, but was injured and didn't finish the month properly.
LEAGUE TABLE & VERDICT
With only 3 matches left we are comfortably sitting in the top half of the table, but rather away from the European spots which are unreachable now. Coming to the end of the season I'm happy with the good overall performance of the team but we could have been a lot better! Poor form in the spring combined with scoreless attackers are not enough for a better place in the league. We will try to retain our spot in the first half of the table in the next three matches. We finish the month with a lot of injuries, happily none of them is long term.
We gifted the title to Liverpool with the result against City (just bragging, they would win it anyways), Everton is the only team to break into the top six in the end of the season and Leicester almost save themselves with a couple of nice result this month.
We still have €10M in the bank if something nice pops up, I wonder if we should get back Sergi Canos as he is listed for just €2M and Newcastle are almost relegated. Our first signings - Eliasson & Regett will probably exit the club as the first just doesn't fit the club (we play with inverted wingers/inside forwards and he is best as winger) and the second one just doesn't stand a chance against the other central defenders. Chris Willock won't be bought as he didn't contribute much with his stay here.
In the final month of the campaign we meet West Ham, Leeds & Brighton and will try to play only with my new tactics.
Thanks for reading once again & hope you enjoy it.
Lion - Welcome on board, thanks! I've real fun playing with Brentford and if you didn't catch I try to play as close as their in real life strategy of not buying expensive players, neither players over 31 and also trying to find the best talents from Scandinavia. It's hard, but it's fun.
ScottT & TheLFCFan - I don't have words for that. I though that Isak will be the lead goalscorer but he just doesn't perform as I want. Hopefully next season will be a whole different story but I might bring another "big name" striker just in case.
Jack - Yeah, some better results but we're far from our form in the first half of the season.
Tango - With the season ending soon, my goals for next season will be better standing in the final league table and thus means - a spot in the european tournaments.
Wolf - Thanks! Nottingham are just another mediocre team in the Championship as the first year, lurking around the 10th place with not much chance for anything. They are another great team to pick up from Championship as trying to return the glory days.