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'Brentford have better squad than Yeovil and should win at Wembley'

Features - Peter Beagrie Posted 17th May 2013 view comments

The League One play-off final will feature two teams who offer big threats.

Brentford have a better squad than Yeovil and will be able to call upon a midfield with high energy levels and no shortage of quality, with Harry Forrester, who will play from the left, a man to look out for.

Donaldson: Brentford striker will love Wembley, says Beags

Donaldson: Brentford striker will love Wembley, says Beags

The former Aston Villa youngster will be backed up by guys in the centre of the park who can run all day, in the shape of Adam Forsaw, Toumani Diagouraga, and Tom Adeyemi, but up front the Bees will be looking to one man.

Clayton Donaldson was unplayable in the second leg of the clash with Swindon, scoring twice and giving the Robins' defenders the runaround, and he will probably relish scampering around the wide open spaces at Wembley.

Donaldson plays with a non-League mentality with regards to his work-rate and appetite and he has added goals to his game, too.

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Donaldson, who has turned out for the likes of Harrogate and Halifax, plays with a non-League mentality with regards to his work-rate and appetite and he has added goals to his game, too, so Yeovil's backline has been warned.

The Glovers, though, are very strong in defence; Marek Stech is a fine goalkeeper, while centre-half Byron Webster is big and strong but can also play a bit and the young lad next to him, Fulham loanee Dan Burn, is raw but a real threat from set-pieces.

Yeovil have assets going forward as well; strikers James Hayter and Paddy Madden are not the biggest but they like to get alongside centre-backs and cause problems with their excellent movement, and in Ed Upson, Gary Johnson's men have arguably the best midfielder in League One.

The one-time Ipswich player put in a standout display as his side conquered Sheffield United 2-0 at home to make it to Wembley, putting in an impeccable slide-rule pass for team-mate Kevin Dawson to open the scoring and then heading home himself to seal the triumph.

Professional

Brentford seem like a club with a vision and they certainly looked outside the box when they employed my good friend and former Man City team-mate Uwe Rosler as manager a couple of seasons ago.

That foresight has been rewarded, though, and I couldn't be more pleased for Uwe; he is a proper professional, deeply passionate about the game, a complete disciplinarian and someone who will ensure the fitness of his players is never below the optimum level.

Johnson, meanwhile, has done wonders since returning to the Yeovil dugout but you get the impression that he and the Glovers fit each other like a pair of comfy slippers; he seems to know and love the area and his players appear to fully appreciate his style.

The Somerset side will be underdogs on Sunday as their budget is probably four times smaller than Brentford's and quite possibly the tiniest in League One, but they can take solace from the fact that they have beaten the Bees twice already this season, 3-0 at home and 3-1 away.

It is going to be a colourful affair on the pitch with the red and white stripes of Brentford and the green and white hoops of Yeovil, while it could be even more vibrant in the Sky Sports studio because my fellow pundit, Johnson's son and Oldham manager, Lee Johnson, has threatened to wear a green suit!

But I have to tip Brentford to prevail because of their substitutes' bench; if things get tricky they can bring the likes of Paul Hayes, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sam Saunders and Jonathan Douglas into the fray, whereas Yeovil are a tad more limited in reserve.

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Ryan Lancaster (Yeovil Town fan) says...

you might think yeovils bench is weaker but its not about the strength of the side its about the mentality and dedication that yeovil have brentford are a good side but we have beaten them twice this season and with the size of our club weve done well ok our bench might not be the strongest but like gary said weve bought players who havent made it players who think theyre careers over and unknown no league players and turned them into superstars

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