From 19th in the table to almost 19,000 in the ground, the club’s summer transformation is clearly backed by the blue and white army. Fans piled into the ground, with optimism and expectation in equal amounts.
They were desperate to see any of the 12 new summer arrivals, and were not disappointed with no less than six debutants in the starting XI with another 5 awaiting their turn from the bench.
When the team was announced I was grateful I had not forgot my glasses, as the noise created by the 18,000 strong town fans silenced the John Smith’s PA system.
Spurred on by their reception, Town immediately launched into a flurry of attacks as they tried to threaten the Brentford goal early. An exciting start from Terriers established the foundations of Town’s new identity of moving the ball quickly and getting forward in numbers.
The puzzle pieces were beginning to fit together rather nicely; New GK Danny Ward lived up to his billing, the back four in large looked solid and united, Hogg’s tenacity was well balanced by Mooy’s composure. Kachunga’s hard work and clever movement was supported by VLP, Payne and Lolley’s creative passing and direct dribbling.
Town looked a constant thorn in the side of the Brentford XI. When not in possession Town’s reactive pressure was in full effect. They hurried and rushed the Bees throughout, with one lapse of concentration being punished on 77 minutes. Town were not quick enough in getting set up, for what some may consider a controversial free kick, with a clever touch and neat finish leading to the Brentford equaliser.
Well Town? Here we are again, stood looking into the face of adversity. Pegged back, against the run of play, with the clock running down. Town teams of yester year would have drawn or even lost this game, but this new team appears to have belief in their ability that they are the rulers of their own fate.
And that’s just what they did, with the addition of some fresh legs, Town once again broke at speed and caught Brentford napping leaving Kasey Palmer the chance, which he gratefully took of marking his senior debut and first touch with the match winning goal.
Praise must also be reserved for Rajvi Van La Parra whose speedy and winding run left Brentford player after Brentford player on the seat of their pants. A real trademark of his performance today.
The terriers then, led by Mooy were comfortable and controlled in keeping the ball away from Brentford and concluded the game. As the final whistle sounded and the chorus of cheers rung around the ground, we’d done it. A first victory on the opening day since 2007. Pleasingly the players were quick to recognise the fans part in today’s victory. We win together, we lose together.
Ooh to be a…
Man of the Match: Aaron Mooy.