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Bees itching for home comfort

Mark Warburton will be hopeful that his players have recharged their batteries in time for the home test against Notts County after a gruelling spell of three away games up north in a week.

Getwestlondon.com reported the boss minimised the strain by keeping the squad in Manchester for the week, travelling to the Rotherham, Oldham and Sheffield United games from there.

With the fixture list refusing to relent, Warburton is clearly keen to allow the boys to relax as the promotion pressure ramps up, allowing them a trip to the Liverpool v Spurs game on Sunday and a day off back in London this Wednesday.

Brentford failed to score in any of those last three games. But with two eminently winnable home games to come, the players know all too well how big an opportunity this is to strike a blow against promotion rivals Orient, Rotherham and Preston.

The club are running a special ticket promotion for the Crawley game. Supporters who purchase one match ticket in advance of Tuesday’s game will receive another ticket free. More information can be found on the official website.

Martinez reveals McAlney block

Everton Manager Roberto Martinez has revealed for the first time why the club blocked Brentford’s late loan move for their 21 year old striker Conor McAleny.

Martinez said “Brentford were very very good with Conor…we felt it wasn’t right to send him out on loan for a medical point of view for the rest of the season” according to London24.com.

McAleny picked up a further knock in action for the Everton U21s yesterday.
Hopefully it isn’t too serious and wish him the best of luck with his injury.

Spot fixing arrests promotion rivals Preston

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that amongst several north west-based players arrested on spot fixing charges this week, former Brentford striker DJ Campbell, now playing for Blackburn Rovers, has been taken in by the police.

Six of the others players are from Preston North End, including captain John Welsh. Whilst nothing has been proven as yet, the Deepdale club will be worried that this off the field controversy may affect their promotion push.

Brentford face Preston North End at Griffin Park on Good Friday 18th April at 3pm

Beesotted on TV

Beesotted features on a new TV show on the Evening Standard’s new TV station London Live. Called 14 to 1, the show made up of a special panel of London football bloggers, podcasters and YouTubers will be in the studio to debate key issues and others will join via Skype, uploaded videos and Twitter to have their say.

You can catch 14 to 1 Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11am on Freeview 8, sky 117, virgin 159 or online at www.londonlive.co.uk

Spurs consider Milton Keynes move

The Daily Mail has reported Tottenham Hotspur, who ideally would like to remain at White Hart Lane whist their new stadium is being built, are also considering a ground share with Franchise FC aka MK Dons during that time.

No doubt Franchise fans will be furious that the rich history of their time in Milton Keynes may be marred by having to share the spotlight with another London evacuee…

Jake Shoolheifer
@jakeshoolheifer