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We all know that there’s a hell of a long way to go this season before Brentford fans learn their side’s promotion fate… But, barring one of the chasing pack going on a Brentford-esque run, where another team cranks up a mammoth points hall between now and the end of the season, the automatic promotion places are going to be claimed by two of the current top three. Brentford, Leyton Orient and Wolverhampton certainly seem a class above the rest in League One and all three have gone toe to toe in an unrelenting promotion battle during January.

Since the Bees stormed to the top of the League just before the New Year the ante seems to have been well and truly upped… Brentford’s arrival at the top table has ignited the proverbial distress flare in both the Black Country and the East End of London.
Experience suggests that one side will hit what marathon runners call the wall: a phycological and physical barrier where a competitor inexplicably run into the buffers. In years gone by that team would have undoubtedly been Brentford after selling their best player and thus committing promotion suicide… But not Mathew Benham’s Brentford.

Most pundits have been predicting Orient’s downfall since as early as the end of August, but there seems to be no sign of bottling it at Brisbane Road thus far, and Wolves, despite a slip up at Gillingham, seem to be firing on all cylinders again. With the addition of Leon Clarke there’s no denying the are a force to be reckoned with despite the ‘big club my arse’ bravado.
However, this weekend’s weather could also play an important role in morale and confidence. With more rain expected around the country in the coming 72 hours, it is highly likely that one of the matches involving the top three will fall victim to a waterlogged pitch… Leaving the door open for the others to either close the gap, or stretch the lead… The mental chess match is always a key factor when the heat is turned up.
Brentford fans can take comfort from the fact that our amazing sequence has continued, even with an injury hit team. With Forshaw, Saunders and Dean all set to return in the next couple of weeks, plus exciting new signings having arrived in the transfer window, there is no reason to suspect the Bees’ fortunes will deteriorate …  None whatsoever. So, let’s get behind the Bees, get to every match and enjoy one of the best three horse promotion races in recent years. Make sure you’re in Shrewsbury on Saturday!

Dave Lane