It wasn’t just the result against Chelsea, it was the nature of the performance.
Gritty, energetic and full of endeavour. Characteristics that have been sorely lacking at times in this challenging season.
Brentford will provide a completely different challenge. They’re not a talented but disparate group of individuals, they’re a well drilled team with an established way of playing.
Even so, we must adopt the same approach to the game and try to get another seismic victory. Three points would put us right on the periphery of survival.
I don’t want to simplify the success of Thomas Frank’s team to set pieces but it’s impossible to overlook the stats.
20 of their goals have come from dead balls (if you include the 7 penalties they’ve notched) and they win more in the air than any other Premier League team.
They’re very good at building up pressure from crosses and making teams pay if they can’t stand up to that physical threat.
They’re low numbers are in the possession and dribbling stats marking them out as a direct and efficient unit.
Ivan Toney still hasn’t been suspended for some reason but his form on the pitch has been spectacular. He has 18 Premier League goals to his name.
Defeat to Newcastle last weekend made it four games without a win but they have been on a tough run of fixtures. They’re the league’s draw specialists with 13 so far.
This might be the first week I can confidently predict Lopetegui won’t tinker with his starting XI.
Not only did the above XI perform well against Chelsea it also makes sense against a team likely to load the box.
We effectively have a third centre half with Toti down the left and both Cunha and Costa can help out aerially too, meaning we shouldn’t just get blown away from set pieces.
That also leaves options galore from the bench if things go south and we need to change the shape of the attack.
Well done to Wolfstroker, Liz, Matt Cook and DeptfordWolf for all correctly predicting the scoreline against Chelsea and pocketing a maximum.
Rich remains four-points clear at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 29.
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