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George: We'll be aware of Bees' sting

Posted on 7 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

George Graham insists we will not take Brentford for granted when we kick-off our Worthington Cup campaign against the Bees in a fortnight's time.

We were paired with Ron Noades' outfit in the second round tie over two legs in Wednesday night's draw in the weeks commencing September 18 and 25 - a repeat of the tie that kicked-off our run to the final and Wembley success in the competition in 1998-99.

Back then, with David Pleat in temporary charge before Graham's arrival, Noades' men gave us a hard time over two legs. We were behind twice at Griffin Park and again at the Lane before winning both legs 3-2.

We then had a tricky tie at Northampton, this time with Graham in charge, before beating Liverpool, Manchester United and Wimbledon to get to Wembley. We then beat Leicester City with 10 men in the last seconds to dramatically take the trophy.

Boss Graham said: "As long as you treat the opposition with respect it doesn't really matter who it is. If we get our own act together we shouldn't worry too much.

"Obviously it is a big game for them to play Tottenham in front of two good crowds and the main thing about cups is to get through to the next round of the competition."

The competition has been good to the manager. He won it twice in his time at Arsenal and again in his first season at the Lane.

With a UEFA Cup place still up for grabs for the winners, it is a competition he will take very seriously. He added: "I think if you are going to enter any competition you might as well try and win it.

"It's another entry into Europe and that paid off handsomely in my first season here, so I always treat it with the greatest respect. I hope we do very well in it."