Charlton Athletic came away from Griffen Park with all three points yesterday, effectively ending Brentford’s slim hopes of making the play-offs this season.
Charlton beat Brentford 2-1, and at times you would have been mistaken for getting the side that is threatened by relegation mixed up with a side sitting mid-table.
Brentford did not perform well at all yesterday. They went one goal down in the first minute after Callum Harriott fired the visitors ahead.
The Bees pulled themselves back to parity when Joann Barbet scored on his debut, but that was as good as it got for Dean Smith’s side.
After the break, the Addicks continued to outplay their hosts and fully deserved to re-take the lead after Brentford keeper David Button dropped a cross right in front of the grateful Harriott, who slotted the ball into the net.
The visitors never looked like losing their lead and deserved their victory, but are still seven points from safety.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things that we learned from yesterday’s game at Griffin Park…
1) Brentford rely on Alan Judge too much
Brentford debutant defender Barbet scored for the hosts yesterday, and the only other attacking threat came from the highly-rated Alan Judge.
The Brentford players just seemed to try and shield themselves from criticism, and hand the ball off to Judge to make something happen.
The problem with that ploy is if Judge is man-marked, his impact on the match is limited, and Brentford look toothless going forward.
2) Charlton still have a chance for survival
Jose Riga’s men looked down and out, but this vital win yesterday afternoon has given them renewed hope of making the escape from the bottom three.
They are seven points from breaking out of the relegation places, but there are eleven games to go which is a massive 33 points up for grabs. With other results not going their way either yesterday, it really was a crucial three points for the Addicks.
If they can maintain that performance level, they can push the battle for survival all the way to the last game of the season.
3) Brentford are in free fall
Luckily for this Brentford outfit they have got enough points in the bag not to be dragged into the relegation battle.
They will not make the play-offs this season, they are not playing well enough for that.
In fact, they are what can only be described as relegation form.
They have lost five out of the last six games, two of which have been to sides in the bottom three. If Brentford were not on 44 points and 12 points ahead of Rotherham United, they could have been dragged into the relegation fight.
Brentford and Charlton fans… what did you make of the game? Can Charlton make the escape from the drop? Will Brentford find their form again? Do you think Brentford do have enough points not to be dragged into the relegation scrap? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!