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    Average age of line-up v Blades

    Apologies if someone's covered this elsewhere, but wihtout breaking it down into months I think the ages of Saturday's starting XI are: Moore 22 Logan 24 Bidwell 19 Craig 27 Dean 21 Kiernan 21 Diagouraga 25 Forshaw 21 Forrester 21 Donaldson 28 Trotta 20 Giving an average of 22.6! OK if Douglas...
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    Mortgage Broker recommendation

    Does anyone have a mortgage broker they'd recommend?
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    Everton press howlers

    I know deadlines are tight for evening games that go to penalties, but so far I've spotted: Beckford was booed due to Hayes and Yeading connection (Guardian) Weston dragged back Coleman for our penalty (Mail) This was Lee’s debut apparently (Independent) And best of all, Everton had a player...
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    Colchester United (A): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford had to settle for a point at Colchester after a seesaw game threatened to tip against them after Andy Scott’s men had established a two goal lead within the first twenty minutes. Scott relegated Foster to the bench, with O’Connor moving to full-back and both Bean and Hunt starting in a...
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    Stockport County (A): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford returned to winning ways away at lowly Stockport. Scott’s men had to survive a couple of close shaves, but also wasted opportunities to put the game to bed in the second half. Karleigh Osborne replaced the injured Mark Phillips in the centre of defence, but Leon Legge was able to...
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    MK Dons (H): Matty D's Match Report

    <img src="" hspace="5" align="left" alt="A Don" width="200" style="border:1px solid black">Carl Cort rescued a point for the Bees with a 94th minute reply to MK Dons taking the lead for the third time in the match on 92...
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    Leeds Utd (A): Matty D's Match Report

    Roared on by a passionate travelling support Brentford earned a draw at Elland Road, as Jermaine Beckford’s late strike cancelled out a close-range effort from Ben Strevens. Scott chose to experiment with the Bees’ right flank, positioning Phillips at full-back and the left-footed Wood at...
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    Wycombe Wanderers (H): Matty D's Match Report

    Myles Weston’s second half strike rescued a point for the Bees after a lacklustre display against Wycombe. Andy Scott stuck with the XI that put Gillingham to the sword, Ryan Dickson starting with strapping on a knee injury. Kicking towards their own fans the visitors had the better of the...
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    Gillingham (H): Matty D's Match Report

    <img src="" hspace="5" align="left" style="border:1px solid black" width="200">Brentford romped to their biggest win of the season at home to Gillingham, exploiting some shocking defending from the visitors to race into a 3-0 halftime...
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    Norwich City (A): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford more than matched in-form Norwich at Carrow Road, but couldn’t turn a man advantage into points, unable to convert their chances while Martin for the Canaries executed a perfect sucker punch to send the home side top of the table. New signing Diagouraga lined up in a fluid formation...
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    Cureton to Gills?

    Noticed this on the EDP site: Is Stimson worried that his side isn't detested enough by Bees fans?
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    Doncaster Rovers (H FA Cup): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford slipped out of the FA Cup with only minutes to go in their twice-rearranged game with Doncaster Rovers. After an open game it was James O’Connor’s well-placed header that decided the third round tie on 86 minutes. Price and Bennett started, with loanees Szczesny and Smith unavailable...
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    Carlisle United (H): Matty D's Match Report

    After their enforced hibernation the Bees swung straight back into life with a win over Carlisle at Griffin Park. Szczesny and Weston were fit to take part, and MacDonald back from suspension to replace long-term injury Rhys Murphy. Over the break Tommy Smith had replaced Pim Balkestein as the...
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    Charlton Athletic (H): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford maintained their decent patch of form with a draw against second-placed Charlton, after substitute Carl Cort’s close-range finish was cancelled out by Nicky Bailey’s penalty for the Addicks. With Ryan Dickson fit again Sam Wood pushed forward in a 4-4-2, with Bostock replacing Hunt...
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    Leeds United (H): Matty D's Match Report

    After their awayday troubles Brentford showed that at Griffin Park they can live with the best in the division as some shrewd tinkering from Andy Scott allowed them to hold a dangerous Leeds side. Szczesny was the busier keeper, and saved twice from danger man Beckford in impressive fashion, but...
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    Tranmere Rovers (A): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford stuttered to a frustrating defeat on the Wirral, as caretaker manager Les Parry saw his struggling Tranmere side edge out a dour game 1-0. Andy Scott was able to name an unchanged side after the midweek win over Colchester United, with Cleveland Taylor the only change on the bench...
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    Colchester United (H): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford recorded their first league win since late October with a second 1-0 result at Griffin Park within a week. Loanees Szczesny and Balkestein were able to return, with Price and Bennett stepping down, but Legge and Foster kept their places, with James Wilson only making the bench on his...
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    Walsall (H - FA Cup): Matty D's Match Report

    It was nearly déjà vu as Brentford once more took an early lead at home to Walsall, but this time they survived late pressure from the visitors to book their place in the third round. With Szczesny and Balkestein unavailable and Wilson suspended Price, Bennett and Legge joined a much-changed...
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    Walsall (H): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford threw away a comfortable half-time position at home to Walsall, as the visitors cancelled out Strevens early opener with a goal twenty minutes from time. Brentford huffed and puffed but an offside flag denied Strevens a second, and winning, goal. New loan signings Balkestein and...
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    Millwall (H): Matty D's Match Report

    Brentford nearly edged a passionate derby, played in a vicious westerly wind which penned either side back for a half each, and contributed to more than one goal; but were denied by a last-minute leveller from the Lions. Amidst the chaos the composure and quality of the Bees 17 year old...
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