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14 September 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents


Nickname: The Bees
Manager: Mark Warburton
2013/14: 2nd (League One)
Ground: Griffin Park
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 126 miles (2 hours 28 minutes)

Brentford's 3-2 win over Brighton on Saturday means they currently occupy the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places ahead of Tuesday's meeting with the Canaries.

They have made a rapid start to life in English football's second tier, losing just once so far in the league at Bournemouth last month.

Saturday's win followed an impressive 2-0 victory at fellow promoted club Rotherham United.

The Bees strengthened for the Championship push by bringing in nine fresh faces in the transfer window, including a £1m swoop highly-rated defender Moses Odubajo from Leyton Orient.

They did, however, lose a summer lose tug-of-war with Rosler's Wigan for midfielder Adam Forshaw. The 2013/14 League One Player of the Year eventually departed for the DW Stadium on deadline day.

The club's highest honour came in 1935, when they won the Second Division title.

Mark Warburton successfully completed the job started by Uwe Rosler last season by guiding Brentford to promotion from Sky Bet League One.

The Bees finished second behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in the table, with Warburton pushing them over the line after taking over following Rosler's departure for Wigan Athletic in December.

He won his first six games in charge, not losing until late February, with promotion finalised in April with a 1-0 home victory over Preston North End.

Warburton held the position of Sporting Director at Griffin Park before being elevated to his first managerial post. He joined them originally as Assistant Coach in January 2011.

Prior to that, the 51-year-old worked in Watford's Academy after a playing career at Enfield was curtailed by injury.

In between, Warburton worked as a city trader in London, earning enough money to pursue his dream of becoming a coach.

"It was a huge risk at the time and people thought I was crazy," Warburton told the BBC in an interview earlier this year.

"Your wife thinks you have gone insane and so do your mates. For me I sit there sometimes and pinch myself."

Goalkeepers: Richard Lee, Jack Bonham, David Button.

Defenders: Kevin O'Connor (c), Jake Bidwell, Tony Craig, Harlee Dean, Raphael Calvet, James Tarkowski, Nico Yennaris, Daniel O'Shaughnessy.

Midfielders: Sam Saunders, Jonathan Douglas, Moses Odubajo, Alan McCormack, Marcos Tebar, Stuart Dallas, Jan Toral, Alan Judge, Toumani Diagouraga, Alex Pritchard, Jota Peleteiro, Charlie Adams.

Forwards: Scott Hogan, Andre Gray, Betinho, Tommy Smith, Montell Moore, Nick Proschwitz.


Birmingham, Saturday 20 September - 15:00

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