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50% aerial duels won, 0 tackles: The Brentford man struggling to make his mark

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Brentford’s winless run extended to four games last night as they slipped to defeat against Luton Town.

It came as a surprise to many, as the Bees went down 2-1 at Kenilworth Road, with quite a few of the Brentford players struggling to find their usual fast-paced rhythm.

The result is a bitter blow in the race for automatic promotion, though Thomas Frank’s side still sit in the play-off places and have a great opportunity to secure a top-six finish this season.

One man who didn’t have the best game on Tuesday night was midfielder Shandon Baptiste. The January signing wasn’t at the top of his game and was substituted with 20 minutes left to play.

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The night started off horrendously for the midfielder, who has recently arrived from Oxford United. Brentford failed to deal with an excellent whipped free-kick from the Hatters and Baptiste touched it past David Raya and into the Bees net for an own-goal.

It didn’t get much better for Baptiste as the night wore on. In the air he wasn’t as effective as he could have been and won just 50% of his aerial battles, as the Bees constantly failed to deal with Luton’s deadly set-pieces.

Alongside that, Baptiste completed just one successful dribble throughout the 72 minutes he was on the field showing how much he struggled to impact the game.

As a midfielder, you want to see tackles being made, especially away from home, but Baptiste did not make one successful tackle on Tuesday night. It was a fixture he struggled massively to get involved in, which is credit to Luton and their game plan.

Going forward, he posed little threat and did not have a single shot on goal. He’ll be hoping to improve on these statistics when he next takes to the field for the Bees.

Frank now has some decisions to make ahead of Brentford’s next fixture against Cardiff City on Saturday and it would not be a surprise to see Baptiste dropped from the starting XI.


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