A moment of clarity hit me on Tuesday night as I failed to make the trip to Colchester United, writes Stuart Amos.
Deadlines at work dictated staying a little later than normal and meant that, rather than battle around the M25/north circular (depending on your route) toward Essex, I decided to settle in with Twitter and Sky Score Centre on the iPhone.
Granted, I was following the fortunes of three games – Colchester and the Bees, Hampton at Northwich Victoria and Sutton United taking on Boreham Wood.
But some choice lines from the Sky wordsmiths, proves all you need is good text: Time: 81 – Foul on Martin Rowlands (Colchester) by Sam Saunders (Brentford), free kick awarded.
Time: 83 – Goal scored by Steven Gillespie (Colchester).
Time: 85 – Shot by Steven Gillespie (Colchester), on target.
Time: 85 – Goal scored by Steven Gillespie (Colchester).
It does not tell the whole story, but I guess that is the point.
Firstly, it spared goalkeeper Richard Lee – one of Brentford’s best players this season – his blushes – I only heard of his error via subsequent tweets among the local twitterati.
Secondly, it is all you need to know. Brentford conceded two late goals and lost having been 1-0 up. Simples.
It doesn’t go into how many clear cut chances either side had, how well the Bees played or whether the 4-5-1 formation was effective. Simple fact is the Bees lost.
Football is basically about results – Hampton didn’t get one at Northwich and Sutton did against Boreham Wood, by the way – which is why you might have some sympathy for Lee Clarke at Huddersfield Town.
So he may end up getting the Leeds United job, but he was given the chop this week with his side in the top six and having only lost three games in their last 50.
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler may be sweating by those standards.
A cracking win against Wycombe Wanderers is long in the memory now, for some – particularly given the winter weather.
The Bees are only as good as their last result, which makes a win much needed at the weekend.