Charlton take to the field of play little more than 48 hours after their abject display against Walsall. It's difficult to keep up, so I asked a busy Bee of my acquaintance to provide an analysis of Brentford's current strengths and weaknesses:
Recent form: Brentford’s season has been puzzling – excellent wins against the better sides (e.g. Sheffield Wednesday) and Everton (Carling Cup) followed by poor displays and defeats to lowly sides. But, in the past month, there has been more consistency and we have now won 5 away games – more than anyone else in the Division – against teams like Southampton and Colchester. Early in the season we were bottom, or floating around the relegation zone. We’re now two points off the playoffs. This erratic form led to some questioning whether Andy Scott was still up to the job (not helped by Martin Allen apparently circling). But recent form has confirmed Scott’s pedigree.
Strengths: Our attack is coming together well with Charlie McDonald (ex-Charlton), Gary Alexander(ex-Millwall) and Robbie Simpson (on loan from Huddersfield) now regularly getting on the score sheet. In goal, we’ve had a resurgent Richard Lee (ex Watford), who on the back of some excellent displays in the Carling Cup has displaced long-term loanee and fans’ favourite, Ben Hamer. We’re very lucky to have strength in some depth in goal.
Weakness: Despite the presence of long-term Brentford hero, Kevin O’Connor, Marcus Bean (ex Blackpool) and David Hunt (ex Palace, Northampton & Shrewsbury), we’ve tended to be a bit overrun in midfield, although Toumani Diagouraga seems to be coming into his own more now.