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

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Bette Midler has said she doesn’t care too much what size she is as long as her voice is in shape.

Read more

We don’t know the ins and outs of every candidate’s business plan, but here’s how we think they could have taken Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

Read more

EastEnders’ Mick Carter vows to stand by wife Linda after finding out about her rape ordeal.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more