Watford proved to be a game of welcome firsts.
First league goal of the season. First league goal of the season scored by a Wolves player. First win. First cleansheet. First PL win for Bruno. First appearance for Hwang. First goal for Hwang. The list goes on.
Up until that helping hand to give us the lead at Vicarage Road though, we were treading more familiar territory.
Lots of possession, lots of neat play and lots of glaring opportunities wasted.
What we’re still to establish is whether our continued inability to take those chances was a freak occurrence perhaps related to confidence or something we’re going to have to put up with all season.
Either way, the stats and the naked eye both suggest we’re playing well so plenty of reasons to feel good heading into tomorrow’s early kick-off.
I feel a certain kinship with the Bees, thinking back to that season in League One that saw both clubs promoted after a decent tussle. We had some good battles in the Championship too.
Like others, I’m intrigued by how the club is run and their approach to recruitment and I admire the way they’ve developed in the last decade.
You can’t say they weren’t knocking on the door of the Premier League, so it’s no fluke they’re here and the early signs are they have no intention of making it a short term stay.
Thomas Frank is the latest in a long line of Brentford managers to have done an excellent job and I heard him talking about the need for them to attack and go for the wins.
They’ve got one already after humbling Arsenal on the opening weekend and followed that up with good performances at Villa and Palce to add a couple more points to the early season tally.
It took a last gasp goal to see them fall to their first defeat against Brighton last time out and the stats suggest they were unfortunate to lose.
In Ivan Toney (a player Wolves were heavily linked with in his Northampton days) they’ve got a proven goalscorer and a big personality – two things that are essential for PL survival.
The pacey Bryan Mbeumo is another clear threat, particularly with our pace-less back three pushing further up the pitch and leaving spaces behind.
There are plenty of options for Bruno but I can’t see him changing the team.
Trincao was excellent in the first half at Watford and despite seeing Podence and Hwang both come on to make an impact, I think he’ll retain his place.
It wasn’t one of Adama’s more explosive performances but he still did plenty of good things, particularly when he switched to the right in the second half. Raul similarly got through a decent amount of work and even though the goals aren’t coming, his all-round play was good. I see both of them as nailed on starters.
How nice it is to have a starting XI playing well and both offensive and defensive options on the bench. Injuries could catch us out as the season goes on, but as of now, we’re in a decent place.
Last time out
We won 3-0 at Molineux on our way to promotion back in Jan 2018 with a trademark Ruben Neves free-kick swiftly followed by a great Barry Douglas finish before a late Diogo Jota goal sealed the victory.
It was 0-0 at Griffin Park earlier in the season, which proved to be a meek sign-off at a ground we’ve seen goals galore (for and against) in previous years. They’ve since moved to a nifty new pad called the Brentford Community Stadium.
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