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CITY v BRENTFORD: OPPOSITION VIEW

21 January 2015

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

BRENTFORD

Nickname: The Bees
Manager: Mark Warburton
2014-15: 2nd (League One)
Ground: Griffin Park
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 126 miles (2 hours 28 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Back-to-back 1-0 victories have ensured that Brentford continue to defy the odds in their first season back in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Bees won promotion from League One last May, so most would have expected a season of consolidation to be the target for 2014-15.

With the campaign well past its halfway stage, however, Mark Warburton’s side occupy the division’s play-off places ahead of their visit to Carrow Road.


Their most recent success came at Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend, where Andre Gray’s 10th goal of the season proved decisive.

Tim Street, who writes about the club for Get West London, said: “Having had to endure decades of disappointment, near misses and heartache, many Bees fans are still settling for survival and ticking off the points until relegation can be ruled out.

“But even the most cynical and weather-worn are coming round to seeing that this is the new Brentford.”

Norwich won the reverse fixture 3-0 in September and lead the head-to-head record between the two teams with 22 wins compared to Brentford’s 20.
 


THE BOSS

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 last year.

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

THE SQUAD
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: Lewis Macleod, Sam Saunders, Jonathan Douglas, Moses Odubajo, Alan McCormack, Marcos Tebar, Stuart Dallas, Jan Toral, Alan Judge, Toumani Diagouraga, Alex Pritchard, Jota Peleteiro, Charlie Adams, Josh Clarke.

Forwards: Scott Hogan, Andre Gray, Betinho, Tommy Smith, Nick Proschwitz, Chris Long.

TICKETS
Norwich City v Brentford, Saturday January 24, 3pm

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