IF this is Dragan’s way, then Southampton fans will have some action entertainment.
Saints new owner Dragan Solak entered his first Saints game and served as a horror movie.
The Serbian, who took over the club by new company Sport Republic this month, rose from his seat and clapped as the goals flew in.
Jan Bednarek got the media mogul’s cheers just five minutes after he hit James Ward-Prowse’s corner.
Brentford headed back after Vitaly Janelt’s tackle, but was brilliantly saved after a pitiful own goal by goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez.
Southampton continued to perform billionaire Solak as Armando Broja went ahead to make it 3-1 in the 49th minute, before sub Che Adams completed the job.
While Solak’s attendance is remarkable, the specter of his new counterpart Rasmus Ankersen looms large in this game.
Creative Dane spent six years at Brentford as their co-director of football, helping to steer the club’s route to the Promised Land through frugal spending.
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He left the Bees in December and was soon appointed chief executive officer and co-founder of Sport Republic, joining fellow Dane and company president Henrik Kraft.
This immobilizer is one of many that have been rearranged due to Covid over the past few months. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl there was a bee in his bonnet with clubs appearing to be bending the rules by postponing matches when injuries – not cases of Covid – are their main issue.
The upset Austrian even called for any club found guilty of this to automatically lose the game.
But this fixture was legally postponed on December 18 when Brentford had 13 cases across their club and was forced to close their training ground two days earlier.
Bees boss Thomas Frank spoke of Ward-Prowse’s fixing skills before the game, branding the midfielder second only to Lionel Messi in global free kick percentage.
So it came as no surprise to the Dane that his side fell behind early on thanks to one of Ward-Prowse’s coordination, when Bednarek glided in his corner.
It’s a game played at breakneck speed with players eager to get in on the game as soon as possible, making it fun for everyone watching.
Sadly, it was only those who attended St Mary’s as this match was originally supposed to start at 3pm on Saturday and so was not televised.
Brentford scored the winning goal in the 23rd minute when Bryan Mbeumo stood up to play a cross for Janelt to hit a beautiful volley into the far corner.
It was a stellar strike and only the German’s second goal in the Premier League after his effort in a season-candidate match in September against Liverpool finished 3-3.
But with eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Saints took the lead with what at first looked like a stunning shot, but then turned out to be an unlucky own goal.
Ward-Prowse’s corner went to Ibrahima Diallo, who shot from more than 20 yards and hit the post, before bouncing back Fernandez and going all the way across.
The Saints ended the game four minutes into the second half when Oriol Romeu freed Broja and the striker left Pontus Jansson dead before hitting Fernandez’s net.
Sub Adams was also the one to make Bees’ long shot after Diallo’s high ball.
Broja’s clinical strike was his sixth of the season and saw him become the youngest player 20 years 123 days to score 5 or more goals in the league this term, pressing strengthen his progress.
Permanently signing the Albanian could become one of Solak’s top priorities, if he can convince parent club Chelsea to sell.
That looks more difficult the week as Broja’s star emerges with regular football under Hasenhuttl, who must have been delighted with his team’s performance against the new boss.
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