Have we just been given a cup boost?

9 Jan

With Lionel Road season tickets now on sale and the 237 derby approaching, for Brentford fans there was interest away from Griffin Park last night. Our FA Cup opponents Leicester City were in EFL cup action at home to Aston Villa. The Foxes were unable to rise to the occasion and left with a semi that is very much in the balance after the first leg ended 1-1. The chance to play Manchester City in the final (we’re all agreed United are dead in the water, yes?) as  wide open for Brendan Rodgers as it is Dean Smith.

This is great news for Brentford. That second leg at Villa Park is scheduled to take place the Tuesday after Leicester visit Griffin Park in the FA Cup. With the Foxes also having a midweek league match in the run up to their game with the Bees, any thoughts about their resting players may just have been cranked up a few notches. Three games in six days is a huge ask of anybody. Moreso given the intensity of the  battle for the Premier League top spots and already being a mere 90 minutes from a Wembley final.

Wishful thinking? Maybe. For all I know Thomas Frank may have a similar mindset and prefer to give his star men a breather. Personally, I don’t think that will happen though. I’m pretty sure we’ll go for broke. The BT cameras are rumoured to be lined up for this one (don’t take that as gospel, yet) and it is a wonderful chance for us to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the country. As importantly, we have no midweek action prior (although I’ve have subsequently been reminded that the fixture v Forest has ben moved to the following Tuesday – oops!) . Equally, the disappointment of our ‘doing a Leeds’ ( i.e. falling apart) in the second half of last season’s fifth round at Swansea City still burns strongly. A 0-1 half-time lead ending in 4-1 devastation and the tin foil trophy ending the night stuffed into a bin.


Swansea in the FA Cup wasn’t good.

For now, we have to sit tight and wait for the time and date of this one to be formally announced. All being well that will happen soon and plans can be made. Favours called in for those looking to come out of the woodwork and see The Bees in action. As an advert for the Lionel Road tickets, the Leicester City tie couldn’t have come at a better time for the marketing team should anybody currently be undecided. There’s nothing like an FA Cup run and a spicy draw to generate buzz and interest.

Chuck in the visit of QPR on Saturday lunchtime and it would be fair to say that it’s all happening in this little corner of TW8 at present. With Ollie Watkins seemingly happy and no real talk about anybody else (thankfully), even the transfer window isn’t bothering us. Yet. Move along, nothing to see here.

Things are going well. I’m absolutely set for a stunning January. On paper. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. Roll on Saturday. See you there….

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More of this would be fantastic

Nick Bruzon


5 Responses to “Have we just been given a cup boost?”

  1. Rob January 9, 2020 at 8:28 am #

    Nice upbeat start to the twenties Nick!
    Looking at the stats i have no idea how Villa are still in the tie, yet 1 all it ended.
    From our end, Watkins seems to be happy, nothing has been said about Benny and with the new / returrning guys coming back and performing, the future looks bright. Happy New Year to you and yours and CoYBs!

  2. Edward Soudan January 9, 2020 at 8:59 am #

    Hi Nick,
    I think that Brentford should play the same side as Played Stoke with primarily ‘First Eleven’ players on the bench in an attempt to obviate any sign of a defeat. ‘Rest, rest and more rest’ should be the main aim for the ‘Promotion shooting’ first eleven.

  3. Martin west January 9, 2020 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Nick I can’t agree with Ted playing the same team that played against Stoke, we were fortunate that Stoke were inept in front of goal. The young lads did great and a promising future for them and us awaits. Promotion is essential for us now and I would agree with Ted if it were not such a big side. Even a weakened Leicester team will contain a great deal of talent whether reserves or promising youngsters, maybe I’m living in the past and looking through rose tinted glasses that the competition meant something. If the Bees entered a team in the tiddlywink cup I would still want to win it.

  4. Russell Wallman January 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm #

    I thought we were playing Nottingham Forest on the Tuesday after the Cup game. I really can’t see the sense of risking League form by failing to give the key players a rest when we can. How much do Aston Villa, Norwich and Sheffield United care about being knocked out of the Cup early last year?

    • nickbruzon January 10, 2020 at 5:41 am #

      Thanks Russell – spot on re Forest. Oops

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