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Brentford Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 21/11/2003

WITH the Christmas period now approaching, Town know that they must string some wins together to have any chance of promotion and improvements have to be made away from home, where this weekend, they travel to Brentford.

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Brentford had a poor start to the season, losing all four of their first league and cup games. Dogged, like so many, by financial problems, the Bees, guided by Wally Downes, have got some decent results in the last few weeks including a 2-1 win at Tony Adams' Wycombe Wanderers. They now sit in 13th place and three points above Town.

MANAGER

WALLY DOWNES.

Former member of Wimbledon's "Grazy gang" in the 1980s and 1990s, Downes was with the Dons for 12 years. After retiring after a fourth broken leg, he has been coaching and scouting for various clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Bury and Crystal Palace. He was appointed the Bees boss in June 2002 after the departure of Steve Coppell, and successfully guided the Bees to a mid table position this year. Has proved that he is capable of working on a small budget, and it seems that he will steer the Bees to yet another comfortable position in the division two table.

BRENTFORD

With 16 appearances in the Bees defence this year Ibrahim Sonko, provides determination and solidarity. The Senegalese born defender has formed a decent partnership with on loan Chelsea defender Joel Kitamirike who signed an extension to his loan until the end of the season earlier this week.

One player who has impressed this season with a haul of four goals, including the winner last week at Wycombe, is Jay Tabb. Tabb made his debut at 17 and has 13 starts this season compared to this previous two. He will replace Leicester City loanee Tommy Wright whose loan expired this week. Wright has gone away to represent England at the Fifa World Youth Championship in Dubai.

Also providing experience in this relatively inexperienced squad is former Reading forward Tony Rougier who is on a short-term contract with the club and also keeper Paul Smith who was the club's player of the year last season.

TOWN

  • The Mariners will welcome back Darren Barnard from international duty with Wales. He will slot straight into his accustomed left back position replacing Greg Young.

  • A doubt for the Mariners this week has been top scorer Mick Boulding, who has had the flu'. But he is expected to be fit to play up front.

  • Midfielder Des Hamilton is doubtful with a thigh strain. If he fails to make it, then Marcel Cas will replace him, with Stuart Campbell in the middle.
  • Paul Groves might consider replacing Iffy Onoura with super sub Darren Mansaram, but we expect the former Sheffield United target man to keep his place in attack. RECENT FORM

    Town

    D Stockport 1-1
    W QPR 1-0 (Cup)
    L Rushden 1-3
    D Barnsley 0-0
    W Notts County 2-0

    Currently 17th in Division 2

    Brentford

    W Wycombe 2-1
    L QPR 0-1
    W Gainsborough 7-1 (Cup)
    L Peterborough 2-3
    W Barnsley 2-1

    Currently 13th in Division 2

    TOP SCORERS

    Town

    Boulding 10 Anderson 4

    Brentford

    Hunt 7 Tabb 4 Rougier 4

    PROBABLE TEAMS

    Grimsby

    Aidan Davison
    John McDermott
    Darren Barnard
    Tony Crane
    Mike Edwards
    Stuart Campbell
    Des Hamilton
    Jason Crowe
    Iain Anderson
    Iffy Onoura
    Michael Boulding

    SUBS

    Phil Jevons
    Darren Mansaram
    Marcel Cas
    Greg Young
    Andy Pettinger

    Brentford

    Paul Smith
    Michael Dobson
    Stephen Hunt
    Ibrahima Sonko
    Joel Kitamirike
    Mark Somner
    Jay Tabb
    Eddie Hutchinson
    Kevin O'Connor
    Tony Rougier
    Ben May

    SUBS

    Andrew Frampton
    Stephen Hughes
    Alan Julian
    Jay Smith
    Leo Roget

    CONNECTIONS

    Former Mariners goalkeeper Jason Pearcey made 23 appearances for the Griffin Park side between 1998 and 2000 before being forced to retire through injury.

    Current Town utility man Jason Crowe had a nine game loan spell with the Bees in the 2000/01 season when he was with Portsmouth. Similarly, former Town striker Lee Nogan had a loan spell with Brentford in 1987 when he was playing for Oxford.

    One man who signed for Town three times was Bob Taylor. Perhaps the best form of his career came at Brentford where he hit 56 goals in four years at the club with over 100 appearances. After spells with Scunthorpe and Cheltenham in the summer, Taylor retired this year after persistent injury problems.

    PREDICTION

    1-0 to Town




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