Beehive Yourself: Notts County clash biggest Brentford have had in many a year

13:19 12 April 2012

Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler

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“Brentford know that a win will take them into the top six for the first time in 2012”

Just three weeks ago, Brentford went down to a single goal in a demoralising defeat at Bournemouth.

The defeat left the Bees ten points adrift of the playoffs and left some supporters looking nervously over their shoulders. Today Brentford sit a mere three points off the top six and supporters are looking forward to Saturday’s showdown with the team who currently occupy the final playoff position, Notts County.

It is undoubtedly the biggest match to grace Griffin Park for many a season. Brentford know that a win will take them into the top six for the first time in 2012, providing Carlisle - without injured talisman Lee Miller - slip up against title-chasing Charlton. With games running out at an alarming rate, Uwe Rosler’s men will realise that three points on Saturday are vital.

Notts County will take a different view of the encounter. A draw would leave the Magpies in a strong position going into the final stretch of the season. However I don’t expect them to turn up and park the proverbial bus at the weekend; they haven’t hit a rich vein of form under the stewardship of Keith Curle as a result of negative tactics.

Something we can expect though is fireworks. County are one of those teams with whom we always seem to been involved in lively - if not highly controversial - clashes. I would be shocked if we don’t see at least one dodgy penalty awarded to the visitors.

I have always considered Notts to be something of an unpleasant club. From their cynical tactics under Paul Ince to the sheer amount of penalties they cheat out of us. Even to the way their supporters allowed themselves to get swept up in the now infamous Munto Finance takeover, hero worshipping the likes of Sven and Sol Campbell, irked me.

But most of all I find it hard to like any club that is happy to employ Lee Hughes, one of football‘s more unsavoury characters. What makes it worse is how popular he is with the Pies support.

To beat Notts County would be sweet, although not to be expected with five of the last six meetings ending in 1-1 draws. This Saturday is all about getting the three points which will give the Bees everything to play for going into their last three games. Whatever happens now, no matter how underwhelming the season had been, Brentford are to be commended for giving us such an exciting finale.

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