Things are going well for Brentford in the league after their opening 14 games. Sitting just four points off a play-off spot, the Bees are continuing to establish themselves as not only a side that’s capable of competing at this level, but one that fancies themselves as genuine contenders for a place in the Premier League.
And with a trip to local rivals Queens Park Rangers next on the agenda, we caught up with Nick Hester, editor of Thorne in the Side, to talk derbies, current form and predictions!
Ladbrokes News: So, where would you say this game ranks in the west London derby pyramid? Would Brentford fans consider this their biggest rivalry?
For me personally? No.
The Fulham game is always the most anticipated fixture for me. Older fans will go on about when QPR tried to take our club over which is understandable but our hatred of Fulham goes back to when this was the only real local derby Brentford would play in throughout the 80’s and 90’s.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like QPR so I guess it’s the second biggest!
LN: QPR won this fixture relatively comfortably last season, what would you say has changed since these two sides last met?
We were on a poor run, the manager totally got the formation wrong last time, and we simply weren’t at the races that day.
LN: Would you say that QPR have the psychological advantage heading into this one, what with playing at home? If so, do you think that’s something your side can exploit?
I think they have the psychological advantage because they are deemed as ‘the bigger club’ which suits us just nicely – their fans won’t expect to lose against ‘Little Brentford’ and so there’s no real pressure on us.
LN: Both sides are level on points in the league at the moment, boasting five wins, four draws and five defeats. Are you satisfied with Brentford’s performance so far?
Very much so.
When you look at the clubs and their crowds/financial clout they have, to quote an overused expression, Brentford are really punching above their weight.
We are a good side that likes to play good football and the current squad are young and beginning to gel nicely now.
LN: Where can you see this game being won or lost? Is there one player in particular you’ll be relying on, and do QPR have a player you’d be looking to stop?
I would say upfront.
Brentford have the best striker in the division, if we can feed him he’ll score.
No player worries me about QPR – I just concentrate on our own side to do the business – Does Rodney Marsh still play for them? Let’s say him then…
LN: And finally, if you were to put money on anything happening in the game, what would you be backing?
Brentford to have the loudest backing fan wise! On the pitch? I’d go for a brace from Scott Hogan…
Nick Hester – Editor Thorne in the Side Brentford Fanzine
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