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And so the day is finally here.

Brentford face their old foe Fulham in a competitive match for the first time in donkey’s years tonight at Griffin Park in a fixture which has given Mark Warburton a tactical condundrum

Against Dagenham, we fielded a largely second string XI for a cup competition which simply isn’t our main priority this season, but the haphazard shambles of a performance which followed was fairly painful to watch despite the eventual win on penalties.

A round later, the Capital One cup is frankly still a distraction when we need to cement our place in the Championship this season. But a Dagenham-esque showing against Fulham will not go down well with the Griffin Park faithful. And I’m sure Warbs appreciates this.

My hope, therefore, is that we see a strong XI this evening. We’ll certainly see Harlee Dean – who will be deputising for the banned Tony Craig – but that’s hardly weakening our side.

We can probably shuffle the midfield pack slightly too – the likes of Dallas, Jota and Toral will be hoping for a start – but again they are not a significant dilution of our strongest team. I personally wouldn’t be tinkering much more than that.

I’ve no idea how Fulham are doing so far this season – I keep asking my Fulham mate how they are getting on (sometimes a few times a day) but he seems reluctant to tell me – but I’d quite like us to obtain bragging rights ahead of the two important league games against them in the coming months.

So make mine a strong one, Warbs.