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Mick McCarthy impressed by Brilliant Brentford

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has admitted that he has been mightily impressed by Brentford season.

From an article in Ipswich blog TWTD, McCarthy said “They’ve been brilliant, absolutely different class, a breath of fresh air. They really have a go. All their players are working hard for each other. They look like a really good team – a team that’s enjoying it.”

McCarthy went on to say that a number of Brentford players have caught his eye this season. Two of them being players he has previously tried to sign.

“Andre Gray’s done really well coming in [from Luton],” he continued. “It’s not surprising to me that Jonathan Douglas has done well as I tried to sign him when I was at Sunderland or Wolves, I think he’s got five goals from playing as a midfield sitter.

“Alan Judge, I tried to sign him. I had him at Portman Road and chatted to him but it didn’t happen, Blackburn offered him a better contract. But he’s come down to Brentford and he’s pulling up trees.”

The Bees will most likely field an unchanged side after Jonathon Douglas was declared fit after being pulled off for a thigh injury in the 3-2 victory against Cardiff.

Ipswich are very likely to keep pretty much the same team as the one that beat Middlesboro with Tyrone Mings coming in for injured Johnny Parr. Cole Skuse has receovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the Boro game.

Ex-Bee Jay Tabb, who scored against Boro, will start on the wing while ex-Bee Stephen Hunt will most likely find himself on the bench.

Brentford squad from: Button, Odubajo, Dean, Craig (c) , Bidwell, Douglas, Diagouraga Pritchard, Judge, Gray, Jota, Subs not used: Bonham, Saunders, Tarkowski, Proschwitz, Toral, Smith, Dallas

Ipswich squad from: Bialkowski, Gerken, Chambers (c), Mings, Parr, Smith, Berra, St Ledger, Clarke, Skuse, Bishop, Bru, Ambrose, Tabb, Anderson, S Hunt, Stewart, Henshall, Murphy, McGoldrick, N Hunt, Sammon, Bajner

Check out the , our interview with Iwhich talks about Bernard Matthews turkeys, Hermann Hreidersson and Delia Smith of all random things.

Also catch the Brentford v Ipswich pre-match podcast here


Brentford striker arrested

Brentford striker Montell Moore has been charged with handling stolen goods.

The young striker, who was arrested at his home in Chiswick on the eve of his 19th birthday, was charged withhandling stolen goods, driving without a licence and driving with no insurance.

The player, who has been with the club since the age of 7, impressed in pre-season friendlies this season with his ‘never give up’ attitude and scored in his debut match against Dagenham in the League cup.

We hasten to add that Moore has not been found guilty of any offence (innocent until proved guilty and all that) and is due to appear at Feltham Magistrates court in January.

Free Beer at Brentford


Beesotted have pulled of a bit of a coo (even if we say so ourselves), arranging for a .

The Globe, Lord Nelson, Griffin, Princess Royal and Beehive pubs will all be offering Bees fans (and Ipswich fans too) a free pint of London Pride to celebrate Xmas … and Brentford’s fantastic season so far.

Simply ask for Beesotted behind the bar to claim your free pint when you buy something … anything (packet of crisps, soft drink ) … and have a toast to the players, Mark Warburton, Matthew Benham and their team.

Emile Heskey signs for Bolton

Emle Heskey has surprised everyone, including himself we suspect, by signing for Bolton Wanderers. Heskey, who spent the last few years playing in Australia for A league side Newcastle Jets, has been a free agent since last April.

He is set to team up with another veteran striker, ex Chelsea frontman Eidur Gudjohnsen.

While Heskey awaits international clearance, he will no doubt be fending off a barrel load of abuse with assorted zimmer frame and “5-1 and even ….” references.

Nile Ranger goes awol

Nile Ranger has gone missing not in action.

Lee Clark appealed for help in tracing Nile Ranger after revealing that he hadn’t seen the troubled striker for two weeks.

“I don’t know where he is, I haven’t seen him for more than two weeks. He’s been asked to report into training and has been asked to play in games and he hasn’t been seen. “We’ve told him of the training schedule but he’s decided that’s not in his plans.”

Ranger, who made his Blackpool debut in Brentford’s 2-1 victory at Bloomfield Rd in August, had his contract at Swindon terminated in May after a number of disciplinary issues.