Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What a weekend !

I was left mentally drained after the weekend, there was plenty to like almost everywhere you looked, clubgowi subscribers were on Adam Scott to claim the green jacket, but you did not need financial involvement to get sucked into the drama at Augusta. It was easy to feel sorry for Angel Cabrera (afterwards that is !) who could have won at either playoff hole, but the Aussie was a worthy winner and long overdue to win his first major. The spirit with which the extra holes were played, says much about the two men, who behaved like men and golf in general.
including a pulsating last 30 minutes in the Manchester City- Chelsea FA Cup semi-final which the competition deperately needed after the events of Saturday. But two events left me physically ruuning on empty and whilst I was too pumped to sleep much on Sunday night, after the US Masters, but I slept like a baby last night !

However, if it was drama you wanted, Griffin Park on Saturday was the place to be, Brentford were hosting Portsmouth and desperately needed all three points to continue their push for automatic promotion. Pompey followers had snapped up their full allocation of tickets weeks ago, many more found tickets to the home ends and others followed the game from outside the stadium. They know that their club will be playing fourth tier football next season, but were looking for maximum points to try and ensure their points deduction comes this season, and not next and more importantly, to celebrate the completion of a year long deal for Portsmouth supporters to take over ownership of their club. Anyway, all this made for a buoyant, celebratory, nervous and at times intimidating atmosphere and for much of the 90 minutes, all four of these emotions were to the fore at the same time ! Brentford led early, but Portsmouth scored two fantastic goals to take the lead and for ten minutes or so the Bees high tempo dropped, but it was soon back up again , with three very good substitutions from Uwe Rosler. The home players were running on empty after a match on a tough surface on Wednesday night, but their desire, commitment and refusal to lie down found a way back and two goals inside 90 seconds turned the match on it's head. Wild scenes followed, I do not remember a single goal being celebrated at GP like the winner on Saturday and people were still going crazy 4-5 minutes later !

Brentford will have to pick themselves up again today for a hugely important trip to Bramall Lane to face promotion rivals Sheffield United .... Beelieve !

Good Luck.

No comments: