E(R)C Blog: West London giants ready for Chelsea

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Griffin Park will at last host the cup tie it deserves as west London’s most illustrious club take on shambolic neighbours Chelsea, writes Tom Ambrose.
 

With Brentford looking to leave their home of 109 years in the near future, it is fitting that the cup threw up a west London derby that hasn’t been seen since 1950, in the same competition.
 

On January 27, the champions of Europe – a title relinquished without a fight – will visit TW8 hoping to breathe some life into a season that has stuttered more times than Ford Fiesta on a cold morning.
 

Brentford could not be facing Chelsea at a better time – the Stamford Bridge outfit have been hampered time and again by a trigger-happy owner, a despised interim boss and Fernando Torres.
 

Uwe Rosler’s men are unbeaten at home since August, sit third in League One with games in hand and are playing a brand of football unrecognisable from anything seen at Brentford before.
 

It doesn’t even matter that Brentford’s chances of upsetting their wealthy neighbours are about as sparse as Fulham’s away support.
 

The Chelsea match is a chance for Brentford fans to enjoy their day in the sun – or snow, as it may be.
 

Tuesday night’s replay was memorable.
 

It was the most one-sided game of football I have ever seen. So how were Brentford and Southend United only separated by the odd goal in three?
 

The greatest goalkeeping display I have ever seen from former Bee Paul Smith, is how.
 

It was clear it would take something special to nudge a winner past Smith. As it happened, it took a deflected effort from Clayton Donaldson to send the home crowd delirious.
 

And then came the ticket  queue. To queue in the icy weather until midnight to get your hands on the golden tickets is surely a measure of dedication.
Bees fans should savour the day – the famous old ground may never host
another one like it.
 

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