Much has been made of Reading’s much maligned forward line and especially Blackman in particular, and with the departure of our BFR, the focus was back on Blackman, Sa and HRK to bring home the points, and they did with style. Two from Blackman, a first strike for Sa and a much improved performance from Hal Robson-Kanu, saw the Royals catapult up the table, with a message being sent out by our forward line.
As ever we begin with the social media reaction before seeing how the major news outlets reacted to the game.
Looking at the Brentford Twittersphere, there are three points which seem on trend; firstly there is #pitchgate, having postponed one game, relayed the pitch and then up pops Gunter and pulls a piece up! Secondly there is a distinct lack of warmth towards to the ref, and last but not least there is the Bees' performance.
In regards to the ref:
Better second half but failed to create any real chances. That said, it's difficult with a clown allowing persistent cheating #brentfordfc— Josh Moody (@MoodyBFC) August 29, 2015
Always an interesting perspective
at least the pitch isn't falling apart any more I guess #brentfordfc— Nick (@alfredbulbasaur) August 29, 2015
From people's pictures, the pitch looks quality. Trust reading to make excuses before a ball is kicked #BrentfordFC— Farnando Shelvey (@CFarnan) August 29, 2015
Surely ensuring that a pitch is playable is probably a good idea before a game...
Pitch is a joke #readingfc #Brentfordfc pic.twitter.com/LsH7BZr7Wu— Jack_Bromhead (@brommyish) August 29, 2015
The game and the team...
Awful first half, looking like a bunch of strangers. Need some players to take more responsibility, get stuck in and drive on #brentfordfc— Josh Moody (@MoodyBFC) August 29, 2015
Sounds like Reading last season!
Absolute disgrace not sure what we do in training but whatever it is its not working #brentfordfc #dreadful— Gary BFC (@garybees10) August 29, 2015
Sure they haven’t employed ether Adkins or his PR Spin team?
remove your rose tinted glasses & admit we were poor today, I'm yet to see any positives from this new system. #brentfordfc— Katie Bennett (@katiebennett_94) August 29, 2015
Whoever had to pay 30 quid for the game today should ask the club for a refund. Joke #brentfordfc— OllyFitzherbert (@ollyfitz123) August 30, 2015
The only positive you can take from that game is that it shows how many players we need to buy before Tuesday #brentfordfc— Joe S (@Joe_bees19) August 29, 2015
So in a nutshell the Brentford fans weren’t happy with the Pitch, the Ref or life in general, so we will leave them to fester for two weeks.
The West London Press, start us off this week, who call it a sloppy 20 minutes followed by the Bees dominating the 2nd half. Our friends over at the BBC take a totally different stance, saying that Brentford rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game, amazing thing perspective!
Around the corner at SkySports and they go one step further calling it a comfortable win, also offering the usual video pack. Football365, run with Brentford manager Dijkhuizen having a pop at his players in the press, saying that they were "so poor he didn’t recognise them." Finally ESPNFC carry a fairly comprehensive report and also comment that Button was lucky only to get a yellow card for the late penalty foul.
So we go into the International break with a team in good form and our first win of the season, we are back on a Friday night with a home match against Ipswich, after which we will have the next instalment of Alternative View.