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The low down on the Bees

Posted on 18 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

One Brentford player will need no introduction when we travel to Griffin Park for Tuesday's Worthington Cup tie.

Striker Andy Scott scored in both legs when we met the Bees at this stage of the same competition two years ago - including a shock strike in the first minute of the return leg at White Hart Lane.

Despite Scott's double we managed to come through the tie with 3-2 wins in both legs back in September 1998.

Scott, pictured right, had his shooting boots on again at the weekend when he scored against Millwall - taking his season's tally to four - and is one of three players in Brentford's starting line-up on Saturday who faced us two years ago.

Robert Quinn and Martin Rowlands, both capped at Under-21 level by the Republic of Ireland, will be out for revenge in this season's second round encounter.

The draw against highly-fancied Millwall would have been welcomed at Griffin Park after two recent hammerings.

Bees' three-match unbeaten start in Division Two quickly went out of the window with a 6-2 home thumping by Bristol Rovers at the end of August and after recovering against Wycombe in the league and beating Bristol City in the Worthington Cup, they were stuffed 4-0 by Reading before Saturday's point against the Lions.

Ex-Arsenal defender Jason Crowe made his debut for Bees in that draw after joining on loan from Portsmouth. He joins another loanee in the shape of Birmingham's Simon Marsh.

Another ex-Gunner Scott Marshall is finally settling into Brentford's side after a succession of injuries hampered him at both Celtic, Southampton and his early days at Griffin Park. Behind him is Icelandic goalkeeper Olafur Gottskalksson who signed on a Bosman-style transfer from Hibernian in the summer.

Paul Evans grabbed the spotlight nationwide with two magnificent long-range goals in as many weeks last season - the first a David Beckham-esque lob from the half-way line. He is likely to be joined in midfield by Rowlands, Gavin Mahon and former Iceland Player of the Year Ivar Ingimarsson, signed from Torquay for £150,000 in the summer.

With Lloyd Owusu out injured, expect Mark McCammon to partner Scott up front with Scott Partridge, Tony Folan, Jean Phillipe Javory, Jay Smith and Mark Williams also vying for starting places.