Doug's verdict

Read Doug Thomson’s match report from a disappointing afternoon at Griffin Park.

Match report.

That’s all from me for now but I’ll be back on Boxing Day when hopefully we’ll have some festive cheer against Preston. In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas and see you in a week.

Interesting game

Hmm, well what to make of that? Very disappointing first half from Town, great impact from Nahki Wells and Kyle Dempsey who came on at the break.

The goal straight from kick off set us up for a frenetic 45 minutes but the penalty killed Town’s advantage and Brentford were able to see things out.

David Wagner straight over to applaud the away fans who are still singing and applauding the team. More than a thousand Town fans in West London is great to see six days before Christmas.

Full time: Brentford 4-2 Huddersfield Town

It’s finished and Brentford run out 4-2 winners at Griffin Park.

Goal Town!

93. Kyle Dempsey with a great finish from the rebound after Paterson’s shot was saved really well by Button. Town, and the hard-working Dempsey, have deserved that.

4-2

Pen?

In the aftermath, Lynch took down Vibe which looked more of a penalty than the first - but nothing given!

Save!

89. That is a fantastic stop from Jed Steer. One on one with the goal lookign wider and wider, he stood his ground and punched the ball away from Jota. Excellent.

Petering out

88. Game petering towards full time now. Nahki Wells has another go but it’s an easy save. Brentford have taken their collective feet off the gas some time ago and the penalty killed Town’s momentum - a big shame that as we could have been in for a fascinating and exciting second half.

Wagner will be frustrated.

Town go close again

81. Nahki Wells gets a loud bout of applause from the away end - he’s so unlucky not to find the net with his shot going inches the wrong side of the post after going past a pair of brentford defenders. He’s made a big impact since coming on.

Lolley shoots

80. Joe Lolley has a decent effort from 20 yards straight into the stomach of goalkeeper Button. Now Chilwell goes down in the area but no penalty given to the consternation of the away end. He’d gone on a very promising run the young left back.

Away following

76. There are 1,004 Huddersfield Town fans here today. Incredible turnout from the fanbase just before Christmas!

Brentford change

75. Ryan Woods goes off and Josh McEachran comes on for the last 15 minutes.

Dempsey chance

73. The Oles have long since stopped at Griffin Park because Huddersfield are giving the home side something to think about this half. They remain 4-1 behind but Kyle Dempsey has just done really, really well, twisting and turnign beyond two defenders before scewing his shot just wide of the far stick.

Nearly five

70. Town have blocked a few shots from Brentford but the goal was at Maxime Colin’s mercy there one on one with Steer at close range but he shoots over and Town survive.

Wells booked

65. Nahki Wells has his name taken for booting the ball in the direction of the goal from midfield long after the whistle had gone. Not a bad effort from distance to be fair!

Smith shot

63. Tommy Smith fires some way over from distance to finish a move that started with a Town corner. Paterson and Scannell both involved there and it just opened up for Smith when there weren’t many options open to him.

Final Town change

61. That penalty on Chilwell looked..debateable...from the press box and it has gone some way to killing momentum.

I say some way because this is till night and day from what we were witnessing in the first half. Nahki Wells and Kyle Dempsey have been excellent so far.

Final change for Town sees Muzzy Carayol come off to be replaced by Sean Scannell. It’s as we are for the final half hour or so...

Close!

57. Joel Lynch is not that far away! Just wide of the post with a low shot after being fed by Martin Crainie.

Now Sam Saunders enters the fray for the home side in place of Sergi Canos.

Sucker punch

55. Dreadful timing that - Town were pressing, harryign and really coming into the game. That all came from a counter attack from a Town corner. Ben Chilwell felled Judge, who took it himself.

Uphill battle again now.

Goal Brentford

54. Judge restores the three goal advantage from the penalty spot.

Brentford 4-1 Huddersfield Town

Save!

49. Button has to gather from Lolley’s effort. Much, much better from Town in these early stages of the second half. Suddenly life in the team - Nahki Wells has exploded into the game, chasing everything down and giving the defenders a problem when trying to play simple passes.

Goal Town!

46. Less than a minute on the clock and Joe Lolley gets Town back in it with an emphatic finish after great work from Nahki Wells to get a cross in. What a team talk! Straight from kick off!

Second half

46. Back under way at Griffin Park with Town kicking to my left, towards the away end.

Half time changes for Town

As predicted, David Wagner isn’t sitting idly.

Double change sees Kyle Dempsey and Nahki Wells replace Duane Holmes and Ishmael Miller.


HT Brentford 3-0 Huddersfield

Half time finds Brentford 3-0 up. Totally forgettable 45 minutes from Huddersfield Town’s point of view and that will be the challenge - to forget this and go again after the break. It has been really, really poor from the Terriers and we need a complete 180 in the second period.

Four minutes added

45. Four minutes to be added before the break. WOnder what David Wagner is preparing himself to say...

Better from Town

44. Patient build-up and Town finally find Miller in the box who is being tightly marshalled. His pass under some considerable pressure just behind Paterson.

Composure needed

41. The Terriers need half time now I think. Tommy Smith has just had a long argument with the referee after conceding a free kick - which came to nothing - and might have talked himself into the book had Mark Hudson not intervened.

Passes are going astray and Town are trying to force balls that aren’t there. Keep it simple, get to half time and regroup would be my suggestion - although admittedly they haven’t asked for my thoughts from the press box.

Town lucky

37. Town catch a break there - again Vibe goes past Smith with a little flick but he’s been flagged offside. The Terriers aren’t getting near Brentford at the moment - is it half time yet, ref? Oles from the home crowd at every pass.

Brentford chance

35. Could have been another there - Brentford keeper 40 yards out from his goal down the left to Judge but Smith does just enough to win a goalkick for Town.

Defending has been horrendous so far. Will be interesting to see what David Wagner does at half time - or even earlier.

Ouch