View from the opposition: Brentford faithful want revenge for Norwich City thrashing
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Brentford supporter and beesotted.co.uk pundit Billy Grant is fired up for today's rematch against Norwich City.
Do you expect a very different game to City's big win at Carrow Road? Revenge on the cards?
I have no idea what happened at Carrow Road. That's the worst I've seen Brentford play for many a season. There was no passion and no plan for 90 minutes. Very unlike Brentford. The annoying thing was Norwich were there for the taking. Big time. But we didn't capitalise on the fact that Norwich were on their knees. Saturday will be a very different game. The players had a massive dressing room clear-the-air session after that debacle of a performance. The players should be well up for the match. If not, I'll be disappointed. With our not too bad home record and their terrible away record – coupled with a stadium of home fans baying for the players to show some passion and execute revenge for that insipid performance a few weeks ago – I think it may prove to be a tough evening for Norwich.
Are you pleased with the season overall so far?
It's been a season of consolidation. You judge a season on how many great days out you've had. To be honest, the best days out were at Loftus Road – where we beat QPR 2-0 – and down on the south coast when we beat Brighton 2-0. We played some great football in those games. Passing the ball around with glee. We seem to have gone slightly backwards since. Saying that. You never know which Brentford team will turn up. We've got good enough players who, on their day, can take on the best in the league. Brighton put their hands up and said we outplayed them that day. Big time. A few weeks later, Reading came down to Griffin Park and we blew them off the park – beating them 4-1.
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Which players have been your best performers?
I can't really NOT include Scott Hogan in our 'best performers' list. He's the third highest goal-scorer in the Championship with 13 goals. That's a pretty decent tally considering the service he has been receiving this season has been pretty average. Our other star performer has been goalkeeper Dan Bentley. Signed from Southend in the summer for a fee still do be decided (probably around £750k), he's single handedly kept us in the game at least half a dozen times this season if not more. A quality keeper who will no doubt go onto bigger things. Hopefully with Brentford.
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Do you expect many ins and outs during January?
Naturally the rumours have been flying around about Hogan leaving this window. If someone bids close to our £15m price tag, unfortunately he will be off. That's great as long as we spend the funds well. Other than that, the big German Philipp Hofmann and the big Austrian Konstantin Kerschbaumer are both unhappy with their lack of game-time so they find themselves venturing to pastures new.
City fans haven't seen much of Sergi Canos, inset, how good was he last season?
Norwich obviously aren't interested in giving him game time. So send him over to Griffin Park. We'll happily take him off your hands. We'll even throw you £500k to keep you happy. Brentford fans love Sergi Canos. He was a breath of fresh air. Still had loads to learn. A wee bit rough at the edges. But we relish turning rough into smooth. He would walk straight into our first team.
And finally, what is your prediction for today?
I truly believe that Norwich are on such a low – seven away losses in a row – that we should be settling for nothing less than a win. Players never let us down now do they? So I'm going for 2-0 to the Bees.