Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reasons to Bee Cheerful ... Chelsea at Home, a Cup Payday, a Promotion Push and Plans for a New Stadium; BRENTFORD 2 SOUTHEND 1

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reasons to Bee Cheerful ... Chelsea at Home, a Cup Payday, a Promotion Push and Plans for a New Stadium; BRENTFORD 2 SOUTHEND 1

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Sports Correspondent

AS BRENTFORD fans filtered out of Griffin Park last night and the prospect of an FA Cup tie with Chelsea sank in, they had every reason to be in good voice.

"Champions of Europe, we're coming for you," echoed around the ground after Clayton Donaldson's late winner booked a fourth-round home clash with Rafael Benitez's side.

Chelsea will, of course, be overwhelming favourites but Brentford can certainly give them an uncomfortable match a week on Sunday.

Third in League One and now unbeaten in 14 games at home, the Bees are playing with a confidence that suggests they will not fear their Premier League opponents.

Brentford assistant manager Alan Kernaghan said: "We know it will be difficult, they are the Champions League holders but if we go about the game plan we come up with we will be in with a chance. We are capable of giving them a game."

Manager Uwe Rosler, 44, who signed a new two-year contract last week, has built a team comfortable in possession, organised in defence and dangerous in attack.

Harry Forrester and top scorer Donaldson are players capable of hurting a Chelsea team still finding their feet under interim boss Benitez.

Both impressed from the off against Southend last night as the hosts took a deserved lead through Paul Hayes after 26 minutes.

The Bees would have been out of sight before the break had it not been for the heroics of Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith. Brentford had 29 shots on target but, on his return to his former club, Smith made a string of wonderful saves including a one-handed penalty stop to deny Forrester.

Barry Corr headed the League Two side level but Donaldson's deflected effort in the 76th minute booked Brentford a first meeting with their west London neighbours since 1950.

Rosler banned his squad from talking about Chelsea before last night but the players are now understandably excited at the prospect of facing the FA Cup holders. …

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