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PREVIEW: Brentford v Coventry City

21 March 2014

Read our full match preview ahead of City's trip to West London this weekend....

Venue: Griffin Park  
Kick-off: 3pm
Competition: SkyBet League One
Date: Saturday, March 22nd 

Coventry City travel to Brentford looking to build on the 2-2 draw against Port Vale.

City were able to salvage a point out from the game against the Valiants as goals from Doug Loft and Ben Williamson put Micky Adams' side 2-0 up. 

Jordan Clarke and Callum Wilson scored in the last ten minutes of the game to make City got a point when they deserved all three.

 

Brentford have seen in increase in investment into the playing staff over the last two years and will be challenging for automatic promotion this season.

Mark Warburton will be hoping his side go one-step further than last season after his side was beaten in the play-off final by Yeovil Town.



They strengthened the side in the summer, notably capturing Will Grigg from League One rivals Walsall after he scored 20 goals in 46 appearances last season for the Saddlers.

Uwe Rosler left the club in December 2013 to join Championship side Wigan Athletic so the club appointed Sporting Director Mark Warburton as the first-team manager and he has carried on the successful season as Brentford are currently in 2nd position in the League One table. 



The two sides have met on 49 occasions despite last season being the first season since 1963 Brentford and Coventry have faced each other.

A regular fixture in the Old English Division Three before Jimmy Hill’s inspired ‘Sky Blue Revolution’, City have the upper hand having won 17 fixtures.

Last five fixtures

29/09/2013 Coventry 0-2 Brentford, English League One 
06/04/2013 Coventry 1-1 Brentford, English League One
23/10/2012 Brentford 2-1 Coventry, English League One
15/02/1964 Coventry 2-2 Brentford, English Division Three
05/10/1963 Brentford 2-3 Coventry, English Division Three



John Salako

The Nigerian-born midfielder enjoyed spells for both clubs, ending his career at Grifffin Park with Brentford.

After starting his career at Crystal Palace, he joined Coventry City in 1995 for £1.5 million and made over 70 appearances in a three-year spell at the club.



He had a brief loan spell at Bolton Wanderers before moving to Fulham, Charlton Athletic and Reading before finally ending his career at Brentford.

He spent one year with the Bees making 35 appearances for the side and scoring four goals.

Robbie Simpson

The former Oldham Athletic striker joined Coventry City in 2007 for £40,000 and made 61 league appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring just four goals.

He moved from non-league side Cambridge United but struggled to show the goal-scoring form at the Ricoh Arena which had earned him the move under Iain Dowie.



He moved on to Huddersfield Town where he failed to settle so he was sent out on loan to Brentford where made 27 appearances for the Bees, scoring four goals.

Kenny Sansom

The former England international moved to Coventry in 1991 after successful spells with Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Newcastle United and QPR.

He spent three seasons with the Sky Blues, making over 50 appearances for the club before moving onto Everton.



After a short spell on Merseyside, he moved to Brentford where he made just the eight appearances before ending his professional career at Watford.



Clayton Donaldson

The former Crewe striker moved to Brentford on a free transfer in July 2011 and has enjoyed his time at Griffin Park so far.

He has already scored 16 goals this season after scoring 24 goals last season and has already been linked to a number of Championship clubs.

He started his career at Hull before working his way up the non-league pyramid with spells at Harrogate Town, Scarborough and Halifax Town.



However, he made his name at York City where in two seasons at the club, he scored 41 goals and this earned him a move to SPL side Hibernian. He was only in Scotland for a year before being signed an undisclosed fee to Crewe in 2008.

He went on to score 47 league goals in 117 appearances for the Alex, attracting the attention of many clubs including Brentford.


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