Shambles! - Ravens View of Brentford v Brighton

Last updated : 23 October 2003 By Mark R
Liz joined us after leaving work in Edinburgh early, and we watched Inter Milan fall to pieces and loose 3-0 against Moscow.

We headed for the ground about 7.30 and got in just as the match had kicked off. Bumped into the Copper that used to do the Albion away matches, he wished us well, and also saw him after and I think he was shocked at our poor display!

We stood under the floodlight by the mobile food shop and as we took our places, Harty upended the Brentford winger (Hunt) and a clear penalty was given. It was a very poor tackle, he got nowhere near the ball, but the player certainly made the most of it! T

he penalty was cooly tucked away by Brighton ex-target Hunt. For the next few minutes we got back into the game and looked up for it. Suddenly Brentford broke down the left, Rougier swung in a cross, Cullip was daydreaming and the centre forward, Tabb, deflected the ball into the net just inside the post.

A great finish but dreadful dreadful marking. After that we looked disorganised, and sadly and more frustratingly at times like non league players, scared to pass, scared to run with the ball, just hoof it. Mayo had another poor match, but with Nathan Jones in front of him not surprising. Luckily Brentford then had a goal ruled out (off side? Handball?), looked a good goal to me.

0-2 at half time, could it get worse. Of course it could. Before we fell apart completely Kuipers made a great save from a penalty he gave away and kept us in the game at 0-2.

More woeful defending and the MOTM Brentford number 6 (Sonto?) headed the ball goalwards, Kuipers appeared to have blocked the shot, but it was bundled in and we were 3-0 down.

At least Brooker took off Jones early in the second half, but Piercy came on left midfield when he is right footed (Harding remained on the bench) and no Jake Robinson on the bench so Dan Beck came on towards the end.

With just a few minutes left, Mayo upended somebody and it was 4-0 as they converted the penalty. We walked out after that (as did many Albion fans) and I wouldn't have been able to applaud the players off, they really didn't deserve it
last night. Still we will all be back on Saturday!

Several times during the game Rougier took the pi** out of us, by dribbling round players and generally having a free run at the defence. That was how bad we were last night.

The only ray of light is that Brentford played some of the best football I have seen this season, they played good fast, attacking football, keeping the ball on the ground most of the time, and it was a good team performance, unlike the Albion!

Kuipers - 7 kept the score down
Hinshelwood - 4 never played the easy ball
Mayo - 4 Hooooooof
Butters - 5 solid
Cullip - 4 what has happened to our captain?
Rehmen - 4 another poor display
Jones - 2 lucky to start, lucky to start the 2nd half, luck to play 56 minutes
Carpenter - 7 once again left to do all the work. How he must miss Charlie
Knight - 4 marked out the game by Sonto
McPhee - 4 never in the match
Hart - 5 tried as ever, but lack of support all round


Piercy - 7 good touches, and got involved when ever possible
Beck - 6 as above
Flitney, Harding and Watson

My team Saturday would be

Hinshelwood Cullip Butters Mayo
Watson Piercy Carpenter Harding
Hart Knight

Rehman, Robinson, Jones, McPhee, Flitney