Donaldson out to exploit toxic Chelsea atmosphere and rattle Cole again

08:58 29 January 2013

Chelsea

Chelsea's Ashley Cole and Brentford's Clayton Donaldson (right) battle for the ball during the 2-2 FA Cup, fourth round match at Griffin Park. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire

Brentford star Clayton Donaldson has vowed to exploit the poisonous Stamford Bridge atmosphere to humiliate Chelsea and Rafael Benitez in next month’s FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Donaldson echoed the sentiments of Bees supporters who taunted the Blues with chants of, “Champions of Europe, you’re having a laugh”, after going within seven minutes of an astonishing giant-killing act at Griffin Park yesterday.

And the forward had no doubt his side could complete the job on February 17 in front of Chelsea supporters who have shown no mercy to Benitez since his controversial appointment as interim manager.

“Obviously, the fans are unsettled with the manager,” he said.

“They don’t really like the manager so anything little thing that goes wrong, they are always on their backs.

“I think that has played a part in their recent results so hopefully we can put that into our advantage and take the positives and unsettle their fans again at their place.”

Chelsea lifted the Champions League just eight months ago and there are two divisions and 44 league places between them and League One Brentford.

But having watched them throw away an unprecedented five pieces of silverware already this season, Donaldson and his team-mates were anything but overawed.

“We watched all the games leading up to this game,” he said. “I felt, if we got our game plan right, we would be able to contain them.”

He added: “You couldn’t really see that they were European champions.

“We set out to unsettle them. I think we did that and it showed.

“They didn’t really create that many chances, which I am very surprised about to be honest, especially with the quality of players they have got.

“We have done our homework on them and we stopped them creating through the middle as well, which is their strong point.

“So I think we have to take some credit out of that.”

Donaldson also took confidence about how easily he managed to rattle Ashley Cole, who he was tasked with containing.

“He was always mumbling something, always mumbling stuff quietly but I could hear what he was saying,” he revealed.

“He was just getting frustrated. He was saying about the forward players not showing and, ‘he needs to be there’.

“You could just see straight away that he was getting frustrated - that was a good thing.”

The same could be said for all of Chelsea’s players.

“You could see how they started the game,” Donaldson said. “They didn’t really start as fast, they didn’t really break us down to be honest.

“Obviously, the pitch wasn’t the best so that didn’t really help as well. That was for both of us.

“Coming here is a difficult place. We don’t really lose many games here. We made it difficult, we are hard to beat.

“For their changing rooms and stuff, it’s not the biggest, it’s not Stamford Bridge.”

And Donaldson could not wait to run out at the home of the faltering European champions, despite ruing a missed opportunity to beat them yesterday.

He said: “Definitely disappointed to come in with a draw but we have got a great tie away at Stamford Bridge, which we all the boys are looking forward to.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Brentford news

Saturday, April 30, 2016
West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game from a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

We’ve picked out five fantastic bets ahead of a busy weekend of football both in the Premier League and the Football League where the race for the play-offs is hotting up.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Charlton Athletic players walk onto the pitch before the game with Bolton

We round up all the injury and suspension news ahead of a big weekend of Championship action.

Read more
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Toby Alderweireld celebrates scoring Tottenham's second goal against Manchester United on Sunday

With season-defining matches for Spurs and Arsenal on the cards and a cup semi-final for Palace there is a bumper weekend of sport on the cards and our team have tried their best to predict it all.

Read more
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Charlton Athletic players walk onto the pitch before the game with Bolton

Who is in and who is out for your Championship side this weekend? We’ve put together a quick guide.

Read more
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Dean Smith, manager of Brentford looks on (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Brentford head coach Dean Smith hailed the impact of Scott Hogan, whose two-goal haul in three minutes sunk Cardiff and added to his late equaliser against Bristol City on Saturday.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport