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Brentford crashed out of the Carabao Cup with a surprise defeat to League Two side Cambridge United at Griffin Park on Tuesday evening.
The Bees were beaten on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, with Harvey Knibbs firing home the winning spot-kick for the visitors.
Football League World’s Brentford fan pundit, Josh Koffman issued his thoughts on the game, and it’s safe to say that he wasn’t best pleased with the performance from his team.
“The game last night was a torturous from start to finish. Thomas Frank had decided to play five full debutants; so no surprise that we played like a team that had never played with each other before, because we were exactly that.
“It’s important to keep that winning momentum going, after the brilliant league result at the Riverside on Saturday; but mass changes to the starting XI, and coming up against a very resilient Cambridge side, meant that the result was a bitter pill to swallow.”
Koffman felt that the result was hugely frustrating, especially when his side dominated the statistics on the night, as they exited at Carabao Cup at the first hurdle.
“Of course, it’s the Carabao Cup, and it’s probably the embarrassment of losing to a team who finished 58 places below us in the Football League last season that made the result frustrating, more so than the thought of not progressing through to the second round.
“We had all the possession in the game, but it’s becoming a running theme in Brentford games this season; that it’s possession for possession’s sake and we’re not penetrating the opposition’s defence nearly enough.”
The Brentford fan pundit went on to admit that he thinks Thomas Frank has set his eyes on concentrating on their league campaign, as opposed to the cup competitions.
“Of course, the number one target this season is to challenge for promotion to the Premier League, and I think Thomas Frank made that clear last night with his team selection.
“He made it obvious he only has eyes for promotion, resting key players like Sergi Canos, Ollie Watkins, David Raya and Pontus Jansson.”
Koffman singled out Emiliano Marcondes as a player that struggled to make a notable impact during the game, and doesn’t see much of a future for the 24-year-old at Brentford.
“Emiliano Marcondes was absolutely useless last night; given that Frank has shown trust in him to perform in the league, and yet, he can’t even turn up against Cambridge.
“I think his days are numbered in the first team, he has shown nowhere near enough quality throughout the opening three matches of the season to warrant him keeping his place in the team for Hull next Saturday.”