Saturday, August 21, 2010



Swindon were always likely to suffer something of a hangover this season after coming so close to promotion last time round and boss Danny Wilson has not been helped by losing the cream of his squad in the summer.
After a promising first season in Division 1, where unlike most newcomers, they got stronger as the campaign progressed, Bees fans are also disappointed to have opened with two losses. However, they have strengthened the squad considerably in the off season and it was always going to take a little time for so many newcomers to gel and for Andy Scott to find his best combination. They were poor in an opening day loss at Carlisle, but despite losing 2-1 at home last week, the signs were there that things are coming together. Walsall scored with their only two real attempts on target, Brentford dominated almost the entire game and missed a host of chances. Scott now has some real options up front and with so many strikers at his disposal, it is unlikely that they will be as wasteful in the future. Confidence remains high at the club and a free week with no outside distractions has really helped the team as a unit, I understand that training has gone well this week and the squad got another boost when long term target Nicky Adams finally signed from Leicester City, Scott has chased him all summer long and this is the final piece in his jigsaw,at least for the time being.

These two met here just over three months ago, with Town winning 3-2, but that came at a time when the home side were still chasing an automatic spot and Brentford were tired after injuries left them with few options in the final month of the season and they were mentally already lying on a beach somewhere, with nothing to play for. Now the visitors are significantly stronger, with some six players who would have started last season "happy" to claim a place on the bench, Swindon are weaker and struggling to keep a cleansheet with five goals conceded in each of their last five starts and no longer have the same attacking threat to salvage a result. Expect the Bees to come good in the next week or two, hopefully starting today.

Brentford +0.5 ball 1.90 +

Good luck.

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