Midfielder David Hunt has a lot to thank Brentford for, which is why he will not celebrate a single Crawley Town goal this week.
The Bees host the League One Red Devils on Saturday before welcoming them to Griffin Park again in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Hunt, who lives in Maidenhead, was part of the Brentford squad that lifted the League Two title under Andy Scott in 2009 before his switch – initially on loan – to the Broadfield Stadium in 2011.
The 30-year-old became a mainstay of the Crawley first team that won the Blue Square Premier crown in 2011 and earned promotion to League One earlier this year.
But while he will be out for a pair of wins from his return to his old stomping ground, he will show no disrespect to the club he once called home.
“When we got promoted this was the first fixture I looked for, so to be back here twice in the space of a few days is amazing,” he said.
“Celebrating a goal at Griffin Park would be like beating your mum at Scrabble and then just jumping around in her face – I just would not do it.”
“It has always been known that I wasn’t enjoying my football before joining Brentford and this club brought my love of football back.
“I have so much to thank the club for. I’ve got so many great memories – like the atmosphere when we played at Leeds United and the day
we won the league at Darlington.
“Brentford is a great club, with great people running it and great fans. I have nothing but positive things to say about the place and can’t wait to go back.”
Crawley are third in the League One table after Tuesday’s 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth, while the Bees are 11th on the back of a four-match unbeaten run.
Boss Uwe Rosler’s men backed up Saturday’s fine 1-1 draw at league leaders Tranmere Rovers – which came thanks to late Jonathan Douglas strike – with a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town.
Keeper Simon Moore admitted Tuesday’s stalemate was a major disappointment, but reckoned Saturday’s game might hinge on who scores first.
“If we had taken our chances we would have walked away with three points,” he said.
“I made a couple of saves in the first half and a couple of half saves in the second half.
“The job of the back four and goalkeeper is to keep the ball out of the net.
“We did that and that’s all you can ask for. As soon as we get the first goal we start to relax and play football.
“We had chance after chance on Tuesday, but if you don’t put them away, sometimes you get punished. We’ll work on it and go in to Saturday full of confidence.”